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CITES Accepts Protection Plan for Jaws Shark
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A U.N. conference endorsed a proposal on Tuesday to slap controls on trade in the ocean's most feared predator, the great white shark of Jaws fame.

Cameroonians Kept in Limbo over Oil-Rich Peninsula
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Tansa Musa, Reuters

The Cameroonians of the Bakassi Peninsula have learned like many other communities that the prospect of oil can be more of a curse than a blessing.

Wildlife Delegates Reject Japan's Proposal to Restart Commercial Whaling
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

A Japanese proposal to allow commercial trade in minke whales, protected under a global treaty, was firmly rejected by delegates at an international wildlife meeting Tuesday, conservationists said.

Thais Face Jumbo Dilemma in Conserving Elephants
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Sasithorn Simaporn, Reuters

Elephants kicking soccer balls, painting flowers with their trunks, or twirling a hula-hoop are a common sight in Thailand, where the sacred warrior beasts perform in tourist shows or peddle fruits on the streets of Bangkok.

U.S. to Look into "Vanished" Iraqi Nuclear Gear
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Irwin Arieff, Reuters

The United States will investigate a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that equipment and materials that could be used to make nuclear arms have vanished from Iraq, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday.

Soldiers Recover More Than 170 Bodies in Flooded Indian State
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press

Soldiers pulled bodies from mud and debris Tuesday after flash flood waters receded in northeastern India's Assam state, where flooding killed 171 people in six days.

Artic Cat Displays New Cleaner Snowmobiles During Interior Secretary's Tour
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Elisa L. Rineheart, Grand Forks Herald, N.D.

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton visited Arctic Cat here Tuesday as part of a regional tour to check the progress of snowmobile manufacturers in complying with EPA's stricter environmental standards.

Scientists Say Food Poisoning Killed at Least 16,000 Pink Flamingoes in Tanzania
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Sukhdev Chhatbar, Associated Press

Unusually high levels of toxins in algae may have killed at least 16,000 pink flamingoes nesting near two northeastern Tanzanian lakes between July and August, scientists said in a report.

Asian Medicine Guide Used in Wildlife Crime War
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Italy has netted smugglers of illicit wildlife products by using a guide to help recognize traditional Asian medicine, a U.N. conference heard on Tuesday.

Budget Problems Threaten Parkland Buys in California, Says Report
October 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

California has stopped acquiring land for state parks for the foreseeable future because it cannot afford to staff and maintain new parkland, according to a newspaper report.

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