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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.

An African tycoon who could bring back Bob Diamond's sparkle

Bob Diamond, the disgraced former chief executive of Barclays, may have been the name who drew London investors to his new company aiming to buy banks in Africa, but it is his 32-year-old Ugandan business partner, Ashish Thakkar, who will be providing the all-important contacts.

President Hollande - a frustratingly minimalist domestic reformer but a bold, global statesman

'Tightrope walker' and 'trapeze artist': François Hollande is a wimp at home and a warrior in Africa

The French President has been criticised for his interventions in Mali and CAR but insists it is not old-fashioned paternalism but a mission to save lives

Elephants could be being slaughtered far quicker than previous figures suggest

In some areas, elephant populations have dropped by a staggering 80 per cent in six years

Kenya Wildlife Service rangers live on the edge of Ramuruti forest in Laikipia, Kenya where they patrol as a way to deter poachers

The human cost of the demand for ivory

Poachers have killed 1,000 rangers in a decade

South Africa's deaf community has accused the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial of being 'fake'

Nelson Mandela sign language interpreter ‘helped burn two men to death’

The South African government has launched an investigation into who hired the ‘fake’ interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie, and how he passed security checks

South Sudan: President Salva Kiir orders curfew in capital Juba after 'attempted coup' by sacked rival

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba on Monday after overnight clashes between rival factions of soldiers followed months of tension between Kiir and his sacked deputy.

A newly unveiled statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa

Giant Nelson Mandela statue unveiled in South Africa

The 30 feet high memorial to the country’s first black president was unveiled on South Africa's Day of Reconciliation

A group of Christian vigilantes in the capital Bangui act out what they would do if they caught members of the Seleka Muslim militia

France to ask allies for help in Central Africa

It wants troops or logistical aid to head off a possible genocidal civil war

Illegal miners dig for diamonds in Zimbabwe’s Marange gem fields, which were exposed by an earth tremor in 2006 and are the largest discovered in Africa in more than a century

The flawed diamond sale: Sanctions lifted on gemstones from Zimbabwe

Belgium has successfully lobbied for sanctions to be lifted on gemstones mined in Zimbabwe, promising a windfall for the ailing nation. But critics say the ethics of the move are questionable

Unlikely threat: oil in the reserves

Drilling in a Ugandan national park is having a negative effect on its elephants

A French soldier patrols the streets of Bangui in the Central African Republic

A massacre on hold in the Central African Republic

Violence across the country is increasing, but the level of brutality is rising too

Ahmed Kathrada delivers his tribute to Nelson Mandela during his state funeral

Nelson Mandela funeral: A final farewell as Madiba is buried at his ancestral home

African leaders and old friends of Nelson Mandela led solemn tributes as his body was buried after a week of commemorations

Desmond Tutu has said he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu confirms he will not attend Nelson Mandela's funeral

The former archbishop's claims he was not told he was welcome, but the South African presidency disagrees

South Africa's deaf community accused the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial of being 'fake'

Fake signer who stood next to Obama at Mandela ceremony 'was once charged with murder'

Thamsanqa Jantjie, who described himself as a schizophrenic, is reported to have faced a string of criminal charges since 1994

In Pretoria, South Africa, people queue to catch a bus to see the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings

The death of Nelson Mandela has exposed the failings of his successors

John Carlin, author of ‘Invictus’, reflects on a momentous week that has shown South Africa at its best - but also, all too often, at its worst

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