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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The central African nation of Gabon will burn its government stockpiles of ivory on Wednesday against the backdrop of a surge in the killing of elephants and rhinos across the continent to meet surging Asian demand.

Conservation group WWF and TRAFFIC, which monitors the global wildlife trade, said in a statement the tusks and carvings would be set alight by Gabon's President Ali Bongo after they had been subjected to an independent audit to ensure none had been pilfered for illegal sale.

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