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The United States has done it. The Philippines and China too. Even Hong Kong has said it will destroy some of its contraband ivory. But ahead of a conservation conference in London next month where world leaders will descend to seek a solution to wildlife crime, the debate about the future of stockpiles is set to heat up.

Journal De France, film review: Raymond Depardon is like an eccentric old magician

(12A) Raymond Depardon, Claudine Nougaret, 100 mins

Tony Blair is now advising the governments of no fewer than 20 countries

Robert Fisk: If only Tony Blair could grasp the truth about Field Marshal Sisi

Do the British people love Blair? Do they eat Blair chocolates and wear Blair pyjamas?

A statue depicting a Neanderthal. Scientists have discovered that Neanderthal genes passed on to modern humans could affect our likelihood of developing auto-immune diseases.

Neanderthal genes linked to diseases in modern day humans including type two diabetes

The likelihood of people developing diseases including type two diabetes and Crohn's could be affected by genes inherited from Neanderthals

Demonstrators hold placards with pictures of Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Al Shami who - along with cameraman Mohammed Badr - remains in custody in Egypt, during a protest outside Egypt's embassy in London last November

Two British Al-Jazeera journalists face terror trial in Egypt

Two Britons are among a group of 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera facing criminal trial in Egypt on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist organisation – the latest press crackdown in a country which is facing growing instability.

Political protests and lifelong friendships, but barely a Pharaoh in sight: A year abroad in Egypt

For some language courses, a year in Paris is usual. But if you're reading Arabic, you have to travel a little further afield, as Rosie Collington found out

JP Morgan name man who died after fall from roof of Canary Wharf headquarters as Gabriel Magee

Emergency services were called to 25 Bank Street at around 8am this morning

A male Asiatic lion guarding his cub at London Zoo

London Zoo to increase pride of Asiatic lions and fund conservation work in India to save dwindling wild population

To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them

At least four killed in Egypt protest clashes on anniversary of Tahrir Square uprising

Police have fired live rounds in the air and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters

Nicolas Anelka in action for West Brom during the 1-1 draw with Everton

Nicolas Anelka: West Brom striker's Premier League future in doubt after requesting a personal hearing over 'quenelle' gesture

The Frenchman faces a minimum five-match ban if he's found guilty

Liquid assets: GiveDirectly has transferred about $6.3m to 6,000 households in Africa

Direct debit: The charity GiveDirectly donates cash straight to people in need

Sarah Morrison finds out what traditional charities think of letting the poor spend it on what they like

Amadou and Mariam, gig review

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

A customs official with a recent seizure of rhino horn

Ferrari factor: How Vietnam's wealthy elite have made rhino horn worth its weight in gold

Customs officials in Thailand and Singapore seized £3.5m worth of rhino horn en route to Vietnam

Nelson Mandela statue: Sculptors told to remove bronze rabbit hidden in the ear

Government are now in discussions over how to remove the rabbit without damaging the statue of the anti-apartheid icon

Bernard Randall appears in the Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court on 18 November, on charges of 'trafficking obscene publications'. He was cleared of the charges on Wednesday, and it is thought he will be deported to Britain on Thursday.

Briton charged with breaking Uganda's anti-gay laws after intimate images of him appeared in a newspaper is to be deported to the UK

Magistrate orders that the charges be dropped and that the former computer analyst be deported from the east African country on the basis that his visa has expired

Rare blue diamond found in South African mine

The 29.6 carat diamond has been valued at around $20m

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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