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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.

Album: Alexandra Burke, Heartbreak on Hold (RCA / SYCO MUSIC)

Alexandra Burke claims that, as executive producer of her follow-up to Overcome, she's ensured that Heartbreak on Hold is a much more personal album.

Sir Terry Pratchett wins Wodehouse book prize

Best-selling novelist Sir Terry Pratchett has a new honour to go with the Bafta he won at the weekend: a pig named after one of his books.

Album: Cold Specks, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion (Mute)

It's hard to pigeonhole Canadian singer Al Spx, aka Cold Specks, in the usual generic slots. She calls what she does “Doom Soul”, which almost covers the elements of soul, folk and darkling indie in the single “Blank Maps”, where hammer dulcimer and cello carry her soulful delivery of the typically quixotic sentiment “I am a goddamn believer”.

<b>John Terry (Chelsea)</b><br/>
<b>Age</b> 31<br/>
<b>Caps</b> 72<br/>
<b>England moment:</b> Publicly challenging former manager Fabio Capello when things were going badly at the 2010 World Cup.

Hodgson makes case for Terry in England defence

Roy Hodgson responded to one question yesterday about his decision to select John Terry for his Euro 2012 squad and leave out Rio Ferdinand with mild exasperation that the subject was attracting such a lot of attention. "There are 23 men in the squad, we're preparing for the future, and yet we're discussing one man until the cows come home."

England manager Roy Hodgson: 'I'd be lying if I said
that Rio’s [Ferdinand] fitness was the main reason for not selecting him'

Roy Hodgson explains his choice for Euro 2012 but the Rio Ferdinand - John Terry saga won't go away

England manager's optimism turns to frustration as he is asked to defend his central selection but says that the Chelsea captain has assured him he needn't have any concerns

Is there much of a difference between novelty dog acts and circus animals?

New Order, Brixton Academy, London

A muffled blast from the past

Sumner time: New Order at the Brixton Academy

New Order, Brixton Academy, London

A muffled blast from the past

James Moore: An Aussie misstep, a little less competition

Outlook In the early hours of yesterday morning the management of National Australia Bank did more to improve the image of British bankers at the stroke of a pen than if the entire corps of London's financial PR industry had forsaken the habits of a lifetime and decided to do some real work, as opposed to prospecting for clients over lunch.

Video images show keepers trying to bring Baby under control in the retail park

The two-ton elephant that said goodbye to the circus

Off he went with a trumpety-trump, narrowly avoiding disaster as he stormed through a car park.

Diabolical Pitch - Preview

Hapless Big League pitcher McAllister is about to have a very strange day.

Runaway circus elephant on the loose in County Cork

An elephant called Baby bolted from a circus in southern Ireland on Tuesday, causing some alarm to customers in a coffee shop where keepers caught up with the runaway.

David Cameron greets Jacques Rogge outside Number 10

IOC 'happy' with Olympics 2012 preparations, says Jacques Rogge

London will deliver "the greatest show on Earth" at this summer's Olympics and Paralympics, Prime Minister David Cameron promised today as he welcomed inspectors from the International Olympics Committee (IOC) on their final inspection visit before the Games begin.

Preview: Diabolical Pitch

Joanna Lumley, Jessie J and Helen Mirren

Trending: Who would be best on Doctor Who?

Time Lord casting news - Rebecca Armstrong wishes they'd think outside the Tardis

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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices