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GUIYANG, June 19, Xinhua -- President Xi Jinping has stressed poverty relief in underdeveloped rural areas as key for economic development nationwide.

Xi made the remarks on Thursday at a Communist Party of China symposium on poverty relief and economic and social development in the 2016-2020 period.

"The most arduous task for achieving a well-off society in an all-round way lies in the rural areas, especially the impoverished ones. Party committees and governments at all levels should strive for a scientific poverty relief plan," Xi told attendees.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (rear, 3rd L) attends a Communist Party of China symposium on poverty relief and economic and social development in the 2016-2020 period in Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 19, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

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WASHINGTON, June 18, Xinhua -- New tools using DNA evidence showed that elephant poaching in Africa may be currently concentrated in as few as two hotspots, researchers from the U.S. University of Washington and France-based Interpol claimed Thursday.

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A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger keeps guard at the site of burning contraband ivory in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, on March 3, 3015. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday set ablaze 15 tonnes of contraband ivory and vowed to intensify the ongoing war against wildlife crimes in the country. According to UN Environment Program (UNEP), Africa was home to an estimated 500,000 elephants, but has been losing 30,000 annually from poaching. (Xinhua/Allan Muturi)

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WASHINGTON, June 12, Xinhua -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday declared all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, are endangered, a move that will curb the use of these animals in biomedical research, entertainment and the pet trade.

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PARIS, June 10, China.org.cn - The International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) has added 20 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, bringing their total number to 651 sites, including 15 transboundary sites, in 120 countries. Myanmar had its first biosphere reserve inscribed this year. These additions were made by the Council during a meeting taking place in Paris from 8 to 12 June.

The Belezma biosphere reserve, Algeria

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The Belezma National Park. [Photo/UNESCO]

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CAPE TOWN, June 9, Xinhua -- South Africa on Tuesday launched a massive search for a lion and issued a warning to the public after it broke loose from a park.

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A lion is seen inside a cage in the Foundation Friends of the Nicaraguan Zoo in Managua, Nicaragua, on Feb. 23, 2015.

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