mega·city | \-ˌsi-tē \

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such modern megacities as São Paulo and Mexico City

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Greater Cairo was the second most polluted large city, with India’s other great megacity of Mumbai ranked fourth on the list and Beijing fifth. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "As China cleans up its act, India’s cities named the world’s most polluted," 2 May 2018 On Thursday evening, an oil tanker exploded in Lagos, Nigeria, setting more than 50 cars on fire during rush hour in the megacity. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Oil tanker explodes during rush hour on Nigerian highway, burning 54 cars," 29 June 2018 Image HONG KONG — Xue Qiulian has been a die-hard fan of Argentina’s national soccer team since his junior high school days in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese megacity. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized," 21 June 2018 Just days ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a high-profile effort to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022, as well as an immediate ban on its use in the sprawling megacity of Delhi. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "A photo of an Indian bird with its beak shut by a plastic ring went viral. Now he's been rescued.," 13 June 2018 Seoul, the South’s capital, now a booming megacity of 10 million, also suffered widespread destruction, changing hands four times. The New York Times, New York Times, "The Korean War in Pictures," 25 Apr. 2018 The megacity – stuffed with around 25 million inhabitants and infamous as the place the Taliban captured and beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl in 2002 – seethed with drug smuggling, kidnapping, extortion and daily bomb blasts. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Pakistan works to clean up Karachi, once world's 'most dangerous city'," 7 June 2018 Mbandaka, with more than a million people and easy transport to the megacity of Kinshasa. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "An Ebola Vaccine Gets Its First Real-World Test," 21 May 2018 Dozens of crowded public boats commute daily downstream from Kinshasa—a megacity of 12 million people—and Brazzaville, the capital of the Congo Republic. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Congo at ‘Very High’ Risk as Ebola Strikes Major City," 18 May 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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