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China smog war moves to courts, with range of crimes to widen

New rules could allow prosecutors to take on persistent offenders in northern China's Hebei province

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Many areas in Hebei province were engulfed in heavy smog last week despite being on the front line of China's nearly three-year "war on pollution".

Shanghai

CHINA'S courts will widen the range of offences that constitute "environmental crimes" to make it easier to take legal action against polluters, a senior judiciary official told a news briefing on Monday.

The new rules could allow prosecutors to take on persistent

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