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People in Beijing choked by smog as pollution hits toxic levels

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    People wearing masks for protection against air pollution walk to a pedestrian overhead bridge in Beijing

    City authorities this week issued their first pollution “red alert” of 2016 — the highest level of warning.

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    China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters are shrouded by heavy smog in Beijing

    It is forecast to last five days. Some of the city’s busiest roads have been closed and at least 273 flights were grounded at Beijing Capital International Airport, according to state media.

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    Women wearing protection masks walk on a street in Beijing as the capital of China is shrouded by heavy smog

    Some 460 million people across northern China are affected by the current smog

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