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EU to license Indonesian timber in effort to reduce illegal cutting

By STEPHEN WRIGHT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This article was published September 18, 2016 at 2:23 a.m.

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Workers make furniture at a factory in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, earlier this month.

Workers sort logs for a customer at a timber yard in Jakarta, Indonesia, last week.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The European Union has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc.

Workers sort logs for a customer at a timber yard in Jakarta, Indonesia, last week.

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