Voices Ke$ha was accused of smuggling a snuff box carved from illegal ivory into the USA this week.

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Wrong turning in a minefield

Diana was wrong, says Mike Croll, mine clearance expert. The landmine ban is morally right, but a waste of time. It will make no difference to those whose lives and limbs are in danger.

Investment: Mersey Docks thrives on peace

IT'S A SIGN of changing attitudes at Liverpool docks that the 600-strong workforce are among the 70 per cent of employees of Mersey Docks & Harbour Company who are saving to buy shares in their employer.

This man is desperate for food. Our answer was to spend pounds 8m so that eight world leaders (and their wives) could talk about him

THOUSANDS of miles from Birmingham, the people of Mali knew nothing of the grand meeting of First World leaders at the weekend who gathered, with their wives and entourages, to discuss global affairs.

Machel air crash to be investigated

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -South Africa's truth commission said yesterday that it would hold an inquiry into the air crash in which Samora Machel, the Mozambican President, died in 1986, after new evidence emerged implicating the army.

Leading article: G8 fails victims of Third World debt

"CANCEL Third World debt" is an appealing slogan, but not a desirable policy. Half the debt owed to the British government by developing countries is owed by Nigeria, and what the Nigerian regime needs is a sharp lesson in human rights and democracy rather than the financial leeway to invest in more arms and repression.

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Railtrack Group, the owner of the UK's rail infrastructure, rose 11.4 per cent after the rail regulator said that passenger and rail traffic had risen 7 per cent last year.

How my love for Nelson Mandela changed my life

Paul Vallely talks to Graca Machel about death, her new lease of life and her charity foundation

Poorest nations to shame G8

EIGHT of the world's poorest countries will this week challenge the eight richest nations to solve the problem of international debt. Backed by a scathing report from Christian Aid launched today, poor countries aim to shame the G8 countries meeting in Birmingham on Friday into action.

Travel: Dinner by candlelight, bathwater from a well

Mozambique Island, just off the mainland, is war-scarred but fascinatin g. Matt Fletcher checked into its only hotel

Racing: Thornton to herald a new dawn for Druid's

ONE of the more obvious lessons of the Grand National at Aintree nine days ago was that it is no longer a race for outsiders. If a completely unconsidered horse was ever going to win the big chase again, it would surely have been this latest renewal, which had an unusually weak field and was run in desperate conditions. Yet the punters had little trouble sorting it all out and the favourite duly came home in front.

Politics: Chris Moon with replica of landmine

Lethal weapon: Former soldier Chris Moon, who lost his lower right leg and arm in an explosion in Mozambique, holds a replica of a landmine outside the Imperial War

Mandela coup claims were 'fraudulent'

SOUTH AFRICAN intelligence service allegations of a coup plot against President Nelson Mandela were completely "fraudulent" and unfounded, a commission of inquiry has found.

Mandela acts on 'coup plot'

PRESIDENT Nelson Mandela yesterday appointed three senior judges to investigate allegations of a plot to overthrow his government.

Landmine charity to get Army vehicles

THE Halo Trust is to be given 10 heavy-duty vehicles by the Government, to help with its mine-clearance programme, George Robertson, the Secretary of State for Defence, told the Commons yesterday.

The Investment Column: Dull outlook for Billiton shares

SOUTH-EAST Asian woes have given mining shares a real bashing. Billiton, the base metals group spun off last July from Gencor, the South African conglomerate, is no exception.
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