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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.

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

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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

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Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

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Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

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Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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