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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.

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Nelson Mandela: Premier League confirm a minute's applause will be held before every match this weekend in a mark of respect to the former South African President

The tribute will also be replicated at every Football League match while rugby side Saracens will wear black armbands in their Heineken Cup match at Zebre

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Former Open champion said it was a 'very sad day for South Africa and the world' after the death of the former South African President

Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton in July 2003

Nelson Mandela set standards which his successors have not been able to live up to

South Africa’s first post-apartheid leader went out of way to instill respect for democratic institutions

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Address to the nation by President Jacob Zuma on the death of former President Nelson Mandela, 5 December 2013.

Governments have paid £42m in ransoms to al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups in last three years, UN told

Britain’s ambassador, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, puts forward draft resolution calling on UN member states 'to prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments'

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It is a familiar cause, but it has never been more urgent. Last year, tens of thousands of Africa's elephants were killed to supply illegal ivory to markets throughout the world. Increasingly, revenue generated from this blood ivory is being used to fuel war and terrorism in Africa.

England manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014: England confirmed to be in unseeded pot for Friday's draw

England will be among an unseeded pot of European countries for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals, organisers have confirmed.

Back to square one: Isa Muaza’s botched deportation reflects badly on Britain

Ms May should reconsider her approach to this case, and to others like it

Without action against the renewed scourge of poaching, these giants of nature will vanish

Together we can not only do something to stop the slaughter of these animals, but also help those whose lives are being blighted by this unfolding crisis

A small charity needs all the help it can get in protecting Africa’s elephants

Over the last five years poaching has exploded, driven by the booming demand for ivory

Mozambique Airlines plane crashes in Namibia, killing all 34 on board

A Mozambique Airlines plane en route to Angola crashed in a game park in northeast Namibia killing all 34 people on board, a Namibian police official said on Saturday.

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