Face masks on monkey statues at Beijing Zoo in protest against heavy air pollution in the capital. Heavy smog suffocated northeast China again on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled. Photo: AFP Face masks on monkey statues at Beijing Zoo in protest against heavy air pollution in the capital. Heavy smog suffocated northeast China again on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled. Photo: AFP
Face masks on monkey statues at Beijing Zoo in protest against heavy air pollution in the capital. Heavy smog suffocated northeast China again on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled. Photo: AFP

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Face masks on monkey statues at Beijing Zoo in protest against heavy air pollution in the capital. Heavy smog suffocated northeast China again on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled. Photo: AFP Face masks on monkey statues at Beijing Zoo in protest against heavy air pollution in the capital. Heavy smog suffocated northeast China again on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled. Photo: AFP
Face masks on monkey statues at Beijing Zoo in protest against heavy air pollution in the capital. Heavy smog suffocated northeast China again on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled. Photo: AFP
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