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US plan to aid polar bears rejected

BANGKOK — A proposal by the United States to ban cross-border trade in polar bears and their parts was defeated Thursday at an international meeting of conservationists, marking a victory for Canada’s indigenous Inuit people over their neighbor to the south.

Delegates at the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species rejected Washington’s proposal to change the status of the polar bear from a species whose trade is merely regulated, not banned.

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