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The Morning Wrap : Green Tribunal Asks Delhi To Identify 'Critically Polluted' Areas; UK House Votes To Bomb Isis

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 13: Roads in the capital choked with smog after Diwali celebrations, on November 13, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Pollution soared to hazardous levels in Delhi on the night of Diwali, reaching 40 times the limit recommended by the World Health Organisation. Air pollution is also a leading cause of premature death in India, with about 620,000 people dying every year from pollution-related diseases. Experts say these particulate matters which are way above the permissible limit are extremely dangerous for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory and cardiac problems, and also for children and the elderly. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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