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LOS ANGELES, August 24, Xinhua -- Mayors of Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia announced a social media campaign Monday to urge U.S. leaders to sign onto the strongest possible binding agreement for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions during the upcoming climate conference in Paris.

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PHILIPPINES, August 24, Xinhua -- The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources confiscated more than 1,500 exotic animals including spiders, scorpions, snakes, iguanas and birds that were smuggled into the country and sold in the black market.

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NICOSIA, August 19, Xinhua -- Two Mediterranean monk seals, listed as one of the world's most endangered marine mammals, have made a rare appearance near Cypriot coasts, causing excitement among naturalists and conservationists.

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MALAYSIA, August 19, Xinhua -- Liang Liang, together with a male giant panda Xing Xing, arrived in Malaysia in 2014 on a 10-year loan for the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia.

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ZIMBABWE, August 13, Xinhua -- Zimbabwe has lifted a ban on big game hunting which lasted for barely ten days after the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist last month. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority imposed the ban on Aug. 1 in areas surrounding Hwange National Park in the wake of international outcry over the illegal killing of the iconic Cecil who was a major tourist attraction.

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