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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.

The notable side of Nelson Mandela wasn't forgiveness. It was action

If he had been just a kindly chap, nobody outside his family would have noticed

A mural depicting Nelson Mandela in Soweto. Many claim the township has been turned into a tourist site

The death of Nelson Mandela: ‘The politicians live in their palaces; the rest of us do not see any of this wealth’

In Johannesburg’s townships, citizens lament the betrayal of their former leader’s legacy

Tributes at Mandela’s home in Houghton

The death of Nelson Mandela: In churches, mosques, synagogues and halls, they came to pray for Madiba

Millions of South Africans unite in a day of remembrance

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

After days of sectarian violence, French troops bring calm to the Central African Republic

Fighting between rival militias and random attacks on civilians has killed at least 400 people in three days

David Gulden: Like humans, animals can be very boring

The photographer shares his secrets from the wild

Around the World in 125 Years, By Reuel Golden - Review

For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s magazine has inspired millions to explore and take an interest in the planet. Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given Taschen access to its archives to distil the huge collection into three volumes of photographs, totalling 1,500 pages – and with only 125,000 copies produced worldwide.

Better days: Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup

Breakaway clubs scramble for solutions: English sides under pressure to provide a schedule worthy of replacing the Heineken Cup

One-off matches or mini-tournaments with overseas "guest" teams to augment the domestic Aviva Premiership season are being considered by English clubs for next season, as they come under pressure from supporters and broadcasters to provide a schedule worthy of replacing the Heineken Cup.

After the death of Nelson Mandela, Africa tilts towards hope

Day two of the obituaries saw a rebalancing. The full backlash cannot be far behind

The rate of unemployment among blacks is 12.5 per cent – more than twice as high as the 6.2 per cent among whites

Outlook: Nelson Mandela’s legacy is undeniable – but his scandal-riven successors are just not up to the job of preserving it

The South Africa of today  is, at best, underperforming its economic potential

Mourners lay flowers outside the house of the late South African president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg

'Nelson Mandela set us free... His death is a test, to make us stronger’

Among the people of South Africa, emotions are running high – and no one knows where it is all going to lead

Nelson Mandela's successors Jacob Zuma (left) and Thabo Mbeki (right) have largely failed to follow his example

Nelson Mandela legacy: What now for the continent he bestrode like a colossus?

He was both an inspiration and a reproach to his fellow African heads of state. But will the great man’s example continue to resonate, now that he is gone?

Student protests banned in London after two days of unrest and 41 arrests

A university has obtained an injunction banning its students from protesting on campus for six months after two days of unrest led to 41 arrests.

World Trade Organisation on verge of trade deal that could lift millions out of poverty

WTO agreement would help the poorest nations, though campaigners remain cautious

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