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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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Campaigners urge UK firm to halt imports from Icelandic fishing giant with links to whalers

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Nick Clegg backs Prime Minister over David Miranda detention

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TV licence fee evasion makes up one in ten UK court cases - surely there's a better way

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So you like deer stalking, Cameron? Hunted animals feel no less pain than Larry, the Downing Street cat

The PM is in a unique position to demonstrate understanding of animals' intelligence, but he ignores this so he can treat other species as living targets

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Salary is top priority for school leavers

GTA 5 travelogue guide to Los Santos: Join a cult, steal a car

New featurettes promise Los Santos will be the most full-realised GTA city yet

How 2012 cold spring drove away long-distance migratory birds

Huge numbers of Sand Martin and Grasshopper Warbler either died or flew on the sunnier climes

A shore thing: Holly Hunter in ‘Top of the Lake’

Grace Dent on TV: Top of the Lake, BBC2, and Ray Donovan, Sky Atlantic

Holly Hunter lets her hair down as Prime Suspect meets Twin Peaks in a cracking Kiwi crime mystery

A pill that does the exercise for you? Let's hope lazy, overweight people don't take advantage

The problem is that it won't just be used by disabled people. It will also be used by fat people who cannot be bothered to jog. And that bothers me.

Leah Totton (right) and Luisa Zissman (left) set for series climax

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GTA 5: First gameplay trailer released by Rockstar, release date of September 17

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