Tuesday, December 15, 1998 / Azar 24, 1377, No. 626
"Dozens" of patients die of Tehran pollution: paper
TEHRAN, Dec 14 (AFP) - Dozens of heart and respiratory patients have died as a result of the high levels of air pollution in the Iranian capital, Etelaat newspaper reported Monday.
"The level of dangerous pollutants has reached six times the permitted level and even gone beyond the danger level," it said.
Health Minister Mohammad Farhadi told newspapers on Monday that the number of patients visiting hospitals has been on the rise in the past two days, most of them suffering from heart and respiratory problems.
He urged people to avoid "unnecessary trips," stop using their private cars and avoid gathering in crowded places. The minister also called for the elderly and children to remain at home.
The education ministry ordered all elementary schools closed on Monday, while the traffic control office tightened travel rules for downtown Tehran. ... FULL TEXT
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By Mary Renault
Thousands attend writer's funeral
Dec 15, (BBC) - Some 3,000 people have taken
part in a funeral procession in theIranian capital Tehran for the writer
and poet Mohammed Mokhtari,who was killed last week. He was one of several
dissident writers who have died recentlyunder mysterious circumstances.
His coffin, covered in red flowers, was carried through crowds ofrelatives,
friends, artists and writers, who joined the procession ... FULL TEXT ... ALSO BBC audio report by Pam O'Toole:
EU in guarded comment over deaths of writers
BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (AFP) - The European Union on Tuesday called on
Iran to guarantee the safety of writers and intellectuals following a recent
spate of killings. In a carefully-worded communique issued by its Austrian
Presidency, the EU said it acknowledged that the Iranian authorities were
attempting to guarantee freedom of speech. "Despite these improvements,
the Union is concerned about recent signs of intimidation of writers and
intellectuals in Iran," the statement said ... FULL TEXT
U.S. senators want sanctions lifted for wheat sales to Iran
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran wants to buy $500
million worth of U.S. farmgoods, a sale prohibited by current U.S. economic
sanctions, North Dakota Sen.Byron Dorgan said Tuesday. Dorgan, a Democrat
from a major wheat-growing state, urged the ClintonAdministration to change
sanctions policy to automatically exempt food to helpboost American farm
exports ... FULL TEXT
Soccer - Iran on track for gold
BANGKOK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Favourites Iran
appear on track for the goldmedal as the Asian Games soccer tournament goes
into the semifinal stage onWednesday -- unless hosts Thailand can pull off
new miracles or China play abovethemselves. Iran, who brought their World
Cup squad to Bangkok, play China in one semifinalwith the comfort of a 2-1
second round group victory over their rivals behindthem. The final is played
on Saturday... FULL TEXT
Tehran restricts traffic because of smog
Dec 15, (BBC) - The Iranian authorities are
introducing traffic restrictions in the capital, Teheran, from today Wednesday
because of severe air pollution. Drivers will only be allowed on the city's
roads on alternate days -depending on whether their license plate begins
with an odd oreven number ... FULL TEXT
Asia threatens World Cup boycott
Dec 15, 1998, BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Co-hosts
Japan and South Korea will play in the 2002 World Cup even if the rest of
the Asian countries boycott the event. Asian soccer officials said Tuesday,
however, that the boycott would proceed unless FIFA, the sport's world governing
authority, expands the number of slots allocated to Asia for the World Cup
... FULL TEXT
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