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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.

The argument for the costly project is that the West Coast main line is full; when it was built, it too was extremely unpopular

Inside Whitehall: The British first complain about big infrastructure projects, then come to revere them. HS2 will be no different

Yes, the new railway will go faster; but the reason to build it is not just speed – it is capacity

Jude Law plays the lead in Dom Hemingway

Jude Law dons a 'big belly' for Dom Hemingway role

People will admire Jude Law's "chutzpah" for taking on a role in which he has "mutton chops" and a "big belly", the film's producer said.

How Britain's taste for fish and chips is putting endangered fin whales at risk

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

Prehistoric Europeans were spicing up their food with garlic mustard more than 6,000 years ago

Do you want some mustard to spice up your Stone Age broth? Scientists reveal secrets of prehistoric cuisine

New evidence reveals diet of early Europeans was more complex than previously thought

Nick Clegg backs Prime Minister over David Miranda detention

The Deputy Prime Minister has backed David Cameron's response to the leaking of secret documents on Britain's intercept programme and Downing Street's threats to a national newspaper to destroy computers or face legal action.

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

The licence fee is the best way to finance the BBC - but the high number of cases taken to court shows our criminal justice system is grossly inefficient

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

The News Matrix: Wednesday 21 August 2013

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

The Apprentice 2013 final: the cockiest ever quotes from past and present candidates

In the lead up to all-female Apprentice final, baking entrepreneur Luisa Zissman has described her opponent Leah Totton as her ‘bestie’, claiming that there’s no-one she’d rather be up against.

Character art for GTA V's three main protagonists

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

Latest title in the Grand Theft Auto franchise set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 September 17

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