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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.

Guido Gryseels, director of the colonial museum at Tervuren, said
it wanted to become a window on contemporary Africa

Belgian museum faces up to its brutal colonial legacy

The institution dubbed the last colonial museum in the world is packing up its stuffed animals and controversial statues this weekend as it closes down for a three-year makeover aimed at modernising the monument to King Leopold II and his murderous reign in the Belgian Congo.

The female Asian elephant, pictured here with her mother Rose-Tu at the Oregon Zoo, is at the centre of a custody battle

They're gay, they grieve and they're left-handed: Elephants are just like humans

Elephants are more like humans than you may realise...

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jeremy Hunt(s) for answers to all the right questions (if they’re sent in beforehand)

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Congolese peacekeepers from the Multinational Force of Central Africa pose for a photograph as they stand covered in dust in Bossangoa, Central African Republic

In pictures: Central African Republic gripped by violence as conflict between Seleka fighters and forces loyal to ex-President continues

More than 40,000 people have been displaced by fighting between Seleka fighters and those loyal to ex-President Francois Bozize. With the country slipping deeper into chaos, former colonial power France plans to boost its force there to around 1,000 troops to restore law and order until a much bigger African Union force fully deploys.

There are 400 French soldiers already on the ground in the Central African Republic

Love is the drug putting couples at risk of Aids in Africa

A fear of disrupting the trust between couples in long-term relationships in Africa is preventing many from seeking the protection they need from HIV

Dr Zahi Hawass with Beyoncé during the singer's visit to the pyramids earlier this month

'Rude' Beyoncé banned from Pyramids by 'Egypt's Indiana Jones'

The controversial archaeologist Zahi Hawass reveals how her lateness led to upset

Michael Palin, Sir Tim Berners Lee and PJ Harvey will guest edit Radio 4's Today show this Christmas. But do we need to listen?

They’ll just be promoting their pet schemes and ideas - not editing in any real sense

Scott Johnson, Scotland’s interim head coach

Autumn internationals: Scots fear another drubbing against Wallabies

Scotland's interim head coach, Scott Johnson, admits his side will have another day to forget against Australia on Saturday if they make the same kind of mistakes which cost them dear last weekend.

Weaving LEDs through carpets could transform the look of public and private spaces

The new technology could be used as quickly adaptable signage in public places - or create new possibilities for interior design

England could be in the same group as World Cup hosts Brazil

World Cup 2014: England face possibility of being placed in 'group of death' against Brazil or Argentina and France

Three Lions could be drawn with Brazil or Argentina, France and Nigeria next summer

The former hostage Francis Collomp arrives at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris on Monday

The great escape: How a French hostage fled Islamists kidnappers in Nigeria

Francis Collomp, 63, duped his captors into thinking he was feeble and old

Chester Zoo 20-centimetre tall antelope is rejected by its mother

Neo, a baby Kirk's dik-dik antelope is learning to walk on his own four feet with the help of sister Aluna

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Italy 2 Nigeria 2: Two potential England World Cup opponents give Hodgson plenty to think about

England's management team of Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington were highly interested observers on a return to their old stamping ground last night as two potential World Cup opponents served up the best match seen at Craven Cottage for a long time..

We're right to be shocked by Melissa Bachman's photo with a hunted lion

To pretend that hunting somehow helps animal populations is as laughable as saying that killing people is a solution to world hunger

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