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WELLINGTON, July 13, Xinhua -- The New Zealand government Monday announced a crackdown on exports of an ancient timber resource after claims that exporters were duping regulators to illegally sell the logs abroad.

The move followed claims that swamp kauri logs -- massive logs of New Zealand's native kauri hardwood that have been preserved in peat land for thousands of years -- are being exported as art works after rudimentary Maori designs have been carved on them.

New Zealand law bans exports of the highly-prized swamp kauri logs -- said to be the world's oldest workable wood -- although the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) can authorize exports of finished swamp kauri products, such as bowls, table tops and carvings.

MPI said Monday that all swamp kauri extraction would have to be reported to the authorities, and MPI inspectors would inspect every consignment of swamp kauri for export and the extraction site.

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FIJI, July 12, China.org.cn -- Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated Fiji's offer to provide the people of Kiribati with a permanent home if their nation is affected by climate change, the Fijian government announced Sunday.

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BRUSSELS, July 8, Xinhua -- The European Union (EU) has joined the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in an effort to help fight against wildlife trafficking, announced the European Commission on Wednesday.

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NEWYORK, July 3, Xinhua -- New York Symphony plays at the UN headquarters in New York, United States, June 30, 2015. An array of international musicians staged a concert at the UN headquarters on Tuesday night , intending to use the power of music to raise awareness about the devastating effects of climate change. (Xinhua/Hu Yousong).

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks before "The Transformative Power of Music" concert, at the UN headquarters in New York, United States, June 30, 2015.(Xinhua/Li Muzi)

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BRUSSELS, June 30, Xinhua -- China and the European Union (EU) on Monday agreed to enhance cooperation in the uphill battle against global climate change.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends a press conference with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker after the 17th China-EU leaders' meeting in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2015. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

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