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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.

Latin London: Elephant & Castle, south London, where Luis Duque Lopez runs Leonardo’s clothing shop

UK’s 200,000-strong South American community 'needs ethnic recognition'

Campaigners say South Americans should be seen as a distinct group

Darren Clarke thrashes around in the bunker on the sixth on his way to a quadruple bogey eight

The Open 2013: Bunker hell no bother for Darren Clarke

So the major winner from Northern Ireland is sneakily placed behind the leaders to make a tilt at the Claret Jug. No, not that major winner. Or indeed the other one.

Circus animal ban should be watered down to exclude raccoons and others

Snakes, zebras, camels, raccoons and reindeers should be excluded from circus animal ban, say MPs

Government proposals to ban all wild animals from travelling circuses should be watered down to allow zebras, camels, reindeer and snakes to stay on the road, MPs have recommended.

Scientists discover why elephants' ancestors changed their diet from leaves to grass

The change in feeding behaviour had been a scientific mystery, as it occurred three million years before elephants evolved to have teeth better-suited to eating grass

Schools to offer pupils 'lessons on death' from the age of three

Grieving elephants to feature in attempt to break taboo and explain subject to children

An adult male elephant looks up at a helicopter in a remote area of South Sudan, where the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in partnership with South Sudan's Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism is attaching GPS-satellite collars to elephants to help understand movement patterns and to monitor and protect them

Illegal ivory trade 'funding Lord's Resistance Army rebels'

The Lord's Resistance Army has resorted to elephant poaching in order to fund its activities, according to human rights organisations.

Merciless satirist: Tom Sharpe's Porterhouse Blue 'took a four-barrelled elephant gun to the world of Oxbridge'

Porterhouse Blue author Tom Sharpe dies aged 85

John Walsh marks the demise of the writer who found comic gold in the world of Oxbridge

The Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project and two other groups said in the report that the LRA has turned to elephant poaching

Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army poaching elephants for cash

Members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militia run by the fugitive  warlord Joseph Kony, are killing elephants across Central Africa to raise funds, according to a report by watchdog organisations.

The Home Secretary Theresa May

After two years and millions of pounds, police computer plan is still in limbo

With no launch date in sight, company is set to be a costly ‘white  elephant’, say critics

Campaigners want wild animals banned from performing circus stunts

Government to ban use of wild animals in travelling circuses from 2015

More than 30,000 people signed an Independent petition calling for a ban

Video: Baby elephant rescued from well in India

A baby elephant in India has been lifted out of a well after it fell down it and got trapped. After initial rescue attempts failed, a crane was used to break the side of the well and hoist the elephant out.

Rahul Gandhi's India – a beehive of buzzing thoughts

Gandhi’s problem is that he is starting from a very low base in his current bid to win public acceptability

Nicky the baby rhino with David Attenborough in the last of BBC1’s Africa series

Three ivory traders for every Thai elephant

The host nation for this weekend's global conservation gathering is called to account for its role in African elephant poaching

Brigitte Bardot wins fight to save elephants

Brigitte Bardot will not have to emigrate to Russia after all. The actress and animal-lover, right, had threatened to leave France if the government pressed ahead with plans to destroy two TB-infected elephants in a Lyon zoo.

Just 79 of the 2,535 new homes being built on the Heygate Estate will be social housing for rent

£1.5bn revamp of sink estate reveals 'social cleansing' plan

A council stands accused of using a £1.5bn regeneration scheme to cleanse one of Europe’s biggest housing estates of poor families after it emerged that just 79 of the 2,535 new homes on the site will be flats available to rent as social housing.

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