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Just as money drives the poachers, so visitors’ dollars can give communities a sustainable reason to protect their valuable wildlife. Simon Calder looks at the possibilities for East Africa

Climate change will melt snows of Kilimanjaro 'within 20 years'

Ice on Africa's highest peak is vanishing at fastest rate for 100 years

Labour conference diary: Ainsworth listens to soldier's tale

"As I sit here, my legs are aching," Stuart Trow said. "I've got a bullet in my buttock and that's not comfortable."

Al-Shymaa Kway-Geer: Death penalty is fitting punishment for cruellest of killers

This was the best judgment we could have hoped for. With this decision, a big lesson has been learnt and a message has been sent out that the people who are killing albinos should be afraid. Now they know the Tanzanian government is serious.

Hogwarts in East Africa: Why Kenya's prep schools are thriving

It's another gloriously sunny day, and dozens of young children at St Andrew's Preparatory School are setting off on their weekly run. Led by their fleet-footed teachers, the pack races several kilometres around the school's 300-acre plot before returning for prep and early supper.

Mark Steel: The Poles might be leaving but the prejudice remains

There is an almost artistic level of irrationality about immigration panics

British gem expert hacked to death

A renowned British gem expert has been hacked to death with machetes by a gang of illegal miners who ambushed him in Kenya.

You probably won't have heard of them ... but they're the Tory future

Amol Rajan and Nigel Morris profile some of the leading young Conservative election candidates gathering at the party's spring conference in Cheltenham

Homophobic? Moi? Chris Moyles censured by Ofcom for mocking Will Young's sexuality

Chris Moyles is famed not so much for failing the "cornflakes test" – the media benchmark by which bad-taste stories and remarks are tested for offence – as for spitting out the milk and smashing the breakfast bowl against the studio wall.

Dom Joly: Climb Kilimanjaro? Pah! I went up a volcano and skied down it

Weird World of Sport: Nobody had ever attempted to ski down it and my life started to flash before me

Editor-At-Large: A little more love and 12 victims would have lived

In just two minutes, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer killed nine former classmates and three teachers and injured seven people before fleeing the school he'd once attended.

Letters: The Northern Irish educational system

It's home, not school, that keeps Ulster divided

How do you get nine celebrities up Kilimanjaro? With difficulty

Comic Relief challenge required mobile catering team and 500kg of recording kit

Hit & Run: Don't watch this space

Is YouTube about to kill the video star? Doubtful. But the video streaming site has begun the process of removing all "premium" music videos from its UK pages after a spat with PRS for Music, the British songwriters' rights organisation. During negotiations over new licence fees for artists, during which PRS demanded a greater royalties share of Google's (which owns YouTube) ever-increasing revenue, both sides must have thought they were holding a gun to the other's head. But they've probably just shot themselves in the feet.

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month