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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.

Somalia: At least six killed in double 'suicide bombing' at Mogadishu hotel

Two bombers among dead after police shoot and kill attackers as they try to make their way into the hotel

The coastal resort of Mombasa is popular with tourists

Kenya: Grenade attack on Mombasa tourist nightclub leaves 10 injured

Area police chief says 'it cannot be anything else but a terrorist attack'

South Sudan army soldier mans a machine gun northeast of the capital Juba. Both sides in the conflict are reported to have agreed a cease fire ahead of peace talks

South Sudan government ‘agrees ceasefire’ with rebels ahead of peace talks

Abrupt conflict has already claimed more than 1,000 lives and seen 180,000 displaced, UN says

40 killed as Congo army repels attacks on airport, barracks and state television HQ in Kinshasa

Congolese soldiers have repulsed attacks on the airport, a barracks and the state television headquarters in Kinshasa – killing 40 of the 70 assailants, who were believed to be followers of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila, officials said.

South Africa secured a 10 wicket victory over India in Jacques Kallis's final Test match before he retires

Jacques Kallis retirement: South African all-rounder 'couldn't ask for a better exit' after 10-wicket win over India bring curtain down on Test career

The 38-year-old admits that retirement was a tough decision but he knows it's the right time

Rangers must be able to combat heavily armed poachers

Charity Appeal: The weapons that bring death to the savannah

Elephant poachers are using firearms left over from Mozambique’s civil war to slaughter elephants in neighbouring Tanzania

Jacques Kallis celebrates after reaching his half-century in his final Test match for South Africa

Jacques Kallis retirement: South Africa’s quiet legend in class of his own

The Indian team paid tribute to Kallis as the South African walked out for his final innings before his retirement from Test cricket

2013 - the year in review: It took his death, but the world came together for a moment for Nelson Mandela

Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel claimed that he couldn’t afford the trip. His absence reminded us of Israel’s closeness to the apartheid regime

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, left, sitting with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta - South Sudan's neighbours threw their weight behind President Salva Kiir, saying they would not accept any bid to overthrow his democratically elected government

South Sudan government agrees to ceasefire

Hopes of an end to hostilities in South Sudan were raised on Friday when the government agreed to a ceasefire.

French soldiers protect a truck of fleeing Muslims after it broke down and was surrounded by hundreds of hostile Christian residents in the Gobongo neighborhood of Bangui - Red Cross workers said they had recovered 44 bodies from the streets of the capital in the past two days

Mass graves discovered in Central African Republic as bodies pile up in streets

The Central African Republic’s spiral into murderous anarchy continued on Friday despite efforts by French and African peacekeeers to impose a ceasefire.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, left, shaking hands with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a visit to Juba

Leaders push for South Sudan talks as fighting continues in oil-producing region

Fighting persisted in parts of South Sudan’s oil-producing region today as African leaders tried to advance peace talks between the country’s president and the political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup in the world’s newest country.

Children displaced by the fighting in South Sudan

South Sudan: Are we helping to create a country or merely creating ravenous clients for an army of Western experts and consultants?

World View: Is collective hatred of a bully enough to make a nation?

Elephant Appeal: The Kenyan canine unit putting elephant poachers off the scent

The business of protecting wildlife has now become an extremely professional and militarised affair

Children displaced by the fighting in South Sudan wait behind the fence of the United Nations Mission facility on the outskirts of the capital Juba. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled the crisis

UN votes unanimously for more peacekeepers for South Sudan amid reports of mass graves, extrajudicial killings and rapes

Reports have moved the UN to action as tensions between ethnic Dinka and Nuer in the world’s newest nation escalate

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'I hope for a better world': Pope Francis calls for peace for Syria and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict in Christmas Day speech

Pontiff spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to some 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below

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