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International Update Volume 42, Issue 31

POACHING ON THE RISE IN EAST AFRICA

Kenya, Tanzania

A seizure of more than 200 elephant tusks in Tanzania underscores a rise in poaching, officials say. The tusks combined were worth $1.32 million, and according to police the poachers were planning on transporting the ivory to Kenya. "This is the biggest seizure of elephant tusks in Dar es Salaam in recent history. The tusks were really big, which means that they were carefully picked for certain customers," said the regional police commander.

BOLIVIAN FARMERS LOBBY AGAINST MOTHER EARTH LAW

Bolivia

Bolivian soy farmers have urged President Evo Morales to reconsider the "Mother Earth" law, a ban on genetically modified seeds signed by Morales in October. Opponents of the law say that the ban gives neighbors such as Brazil and Argentina "too many advantages," as lower crop yields and higher food costs add to the country's high transport costs to reduce competitiveness.

CHINA PROBES EU SOLAR PRODUCTS

China, EU, South Korea

China will launch an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into European Union solar manufacturing products, the Commerce Ministry said last week. The investigation will determine whether manufacturers are selling materials such as polysilicon, used to make panels, below cost. The investigation will also probe whether manufacturers received illegal subsidies. In September, the EU threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese solar panels after investigating claims by Germany, Italy, and other EU member states that dumping by China had caused prices to fall by as much as 75 percent.