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Illegal ivory openly sold across Europe: study

BRUSSELS: Traders are selling illegal ivory openly across the European Union through a loophole allowing trade in "antique" items, the campaign group Avaaz charged Tuesday. Avaaz said nearly all of the 109 ivory pieces it bought in 10 EU…

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

BEIJING: China's complete ban on ivory trade went into effect on Sunday, officials said, a major step forward in Beijing's efforts to rein in what was once the world's largest market for illegal ivory. "From today... the buying and…

Canada makes bribery of foreign officials illegal

OTTAWA: Canada will no longer tolerate its companies’ bribing foreign officials in order to speed up or facilitate routine transactions such as permits, the government said Monday. Ottawa closed a loophole in a 1998 law that banned…

Sweden intensifies crackdown on illegal immigrants

STOCKHOLM: Sweden has intensified its crackdown on illegal immigrants after a failed asylum-seeker killed five people in Stockholm, but the move has raised concerns that more migrants will be driven underground to join a shadowy underclass.…