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Published: Thursday 15 June 2006

Argentina recently filed a case in the International Court of Justice against Uruguay to stop constructing pulp mills along the shared Uruguay river. Argentina fears these mills will cause pollution on both sides of the river.

The director-general of foreign trade in India has suspended a recently introduced provision in the foreign trade policy of the country. It required government clearance of genetically modified food including soy oil being imported in the country for a period of three months.

Turkey has banned the sale of energy drinks with more than 150 mg of caffeine per litre. The ban comes into effect from January 2007.

The Kenyan government has banned the movement of charcoal from the country's northern Turkana district to neighbouring districts to protect forests being destroyed by charcoal burners.

The death toll from a mining accident in China's Shaanxi province rose to 32. A dam containing gold-ore tailings had allegedly collapsed on a gold mine after an unauthorised increase in the dam's height.

Poland recently gained the European Union's approval for its ban on 16 types of genetically modified (GM) maize seeds and 700 non-GM maize varieties.

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