Indonesia has appealed to world consumers to stop buying products made from illegally logged wood, and said rich countries should pay the poor to preserve forests in the battle against global warming. Environmentalists say illegal logging in Indonesia strips 2.1 million hectares of forest every year in a trade worth USD 4 billion. A report by the Environmental Investigation Agency said that Malaysia and China were major recipients of stolen Indonesian timber and that shipping companies from Singapore carried such wood overseas. (Reuters)

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