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Several dead as massive sandstorm hits Tehran 


A massive sandstorm and record winds killed at least five people in Tehran, plunging the Iranian capital into darkness, knocking out power supplies, damaging buildings and causing massive disruption.

The freak weather struck at 5:10 pm (1240 GMT), sending residents dashing for cover as debris swept across streets and snapped trees. State media reported 110 kilometre (70-mile) per hour winds.