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Thai customs seizes 2 tons of ivory from Africa

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 2:23PM UTC

Thai customs officials say they have made the largest seizure of African ivory to date in the country, confiscating two tons of tusks that were destined for Laos. Customs official Seree Thaijongrak says they confiscated the cargo labeled as mobile phone parts at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after receiving a tip.

UN plans Asia’s 1st food relief hub for disasters

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 1:23PM UTC

The U.N.’s World Food Program announced plans Thursday to set up its first Asian disaster response hub, highlighting the need for emergency supplies to save lives in a region increasingly afflicted by earthquakes, floods, typhoons and volcanic eruptions. The air base depot near Malaysia’s largest city, Kuala Lumpur, will complete

Can Korean tigers make a comeback?

By Thu, Feb 25, 2010 1:48AM UTC Can Korean tigers make a comeback?

A couple weeks ago The Hankyoreh examined that question. Of course everyone dreams that there are still tigers roaming the DMZ, but personally I’ve always doubted it. And I wonder just how long ordinary Koreans would really be willing to put up with having tigers around – probably the best

Low-level whaling could resume, says NZ official

By Wed, Feb 24, 2010 11:45PM UTC

A proposal floated by the International Whaling Commission would allow the resumption of low-level whaling to replace the uncontrolled scientific whaling that kills up to 3,000 of the mammals each year, New Zealand’s representative on the commission said. The deal would lift the IWC’s 1986 overall ban on whaling, while

China GM rice may be market-ready by 2013

By Wed, Feb 24, 2010 10:59PM UTC

Chinese strains of genetically modified corn and rice that were given safety approvals last year could be ready for sale in China in about three years. Genetically modified rice that is resistant to certain insects and corn that helps pigs absorb more nutrients were given biosafety certificates by the Chinese

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