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Santiago orders cars off streets amid pollution


SANTIAGO, Chile — Authoritie­s in Chile’s largest city shut down hundreds of businesses and ordered hundreds of thousands of cars off the streets Monday as a gray carpet of air pollution forced the declaratio­n of an environmen­tal emergency in the city hosting the Copa America soccer tournament.

The order forced the closing of more than 1,300 businesses in Santiago that emit high levels of contaminan­ts. It also sidelined many of the capital region’s estimated 1.7 million vehicles.

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