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

Stockpiles must be destroyed to prevent sales of ivory

Migrant beating sparks protests

A MOZAMBICAN illegal immigrant's ordeal at the hands of black South African police has highlighted the xenophobia faced by black foreigners. After he told of being beaten, robbed and thrown off a deportation train, diplomats called on South Africa to treat immigrants more humanely.

Athletics: Szabo on course for $1m season

GABRIELA SZABO could become the first athlete to earn more than $1m (pounds 630,000) in prize money in one season if she wins the 3,000 metres at today's Grand Prix final in Munich's Olympic Stadium.

Football: McManaman off the mark

THE ENGLAND international and former Liverpool player Steve McManaman scored his first goal for Real Madrid in a 4-2 win over Milan in a friendly on Tuesday.

Rear-Admiral Hugh Balfour

WHEN CAPTAIN Balfour took Exeter into the Falklands War in May 1982 he was no stranger to the South Atlantic. Five years earlier, as a junior captain in command of Phoebe, he had led Alacrity and the Royal Navy's first nuclear-powered submarine, Dreadnought, to trail their coats, showing the flag as a warning to the agitated Argentinians not to do anything provocative, such as testing the 200-mile fishing zone around the islands to which they were becoming prone, under their new junta led by General Galtieri.

Search engines: Serendipity - A living, breathing fossil

LAST WEEK I was reading A Fish Caught in Time, Samantha Weinberg's recently published account of the discovery of the coelacanth, when I came across a beautiful example of serendipity. Biologists had long been aware of the coelacanth from fossils dating back to between 70 and 400 million years, but they were shocked when a living, breathing specimen was discovered in 1938, entangled in the nets of a South African fishing boat. This was in itself a serendipitous event, but there was an equally fortuitous discovery some years later, which became a major turning point in the story of the coelacanth.

Letter: Mining secrets

YOUR REPORT on British Aerospace's supply of RDX explosive to the US Army, and the lack of safeguards to prevent the illegal use of the explosive in future American landmines, suggests Stephen Byers has slipped up ("BAe in a fix over mines contract", 1 August). For the Trade and Industry Department told your reporter that before the grant of an export licence all exports of military explosives receive "rigorous scrutiny".

My Biggest Mistake: Roger McKechnie - The too-hasty heart

Roger McKechnie (below) rose from marketing manager to managing director at Tudor Crisps, and in 1982 founded Phileas Fogg, a snacks company which was turning over pounds 25m when United Biscuits bought it 12 years later. Since then, he has chaired Pride Valley Foods and founded The Samling, a luxury retreat in Cumbria for businessmen.

Stals firm on monetary policy

SOUTH AFRICA'S central-bank governor ruled out a deliberate relaxation of monetary policy to help the newly re-elected African National Congress drag the country out of recession and reduce unemployment. The Reserve Bank Governor, Chris Stals (pictured), expressed concern that falling gold prices could make South Africa's jobs crisis worse.

Travel: How do you dhow?

Kate Oppenheim visits Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago and savours the delights of sea, sun, sand and sumptuous cooking while Larry Buttrose follows a long line of travellers gripped by the mystique of Timbuktu and heads off to Mali

The Millennium Seed Bank

IN YEARS to come some of the poorest people in the world's poorest places may thank a modern barrel-vaulted building in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house deep in the Sussex countryside.

A SHORT BREAK IN: MAPUTO

Six years after hostilities ended in Mozambique, the country's capital is now confidently showing off its colonial-style cafes and wide avenues. Kari Herbert reports on a renaissance in southern Africa

British teachers to go on Third World sabbaticals

BRITISH SCHOOLS are to be given government funds to "twin" with remote rural classrooms in some of the poorest countries in the world.

I never think, `what if...?'; A Family Affair

In 1993 Chris Moon, now aged 36, was clearing mines in Cambodia for the Halo Trust when he was kidnapped by the Khmer Rouge. He survived. In 1995, when clearing mines in Mozambique, he was blown up by a mine. He lost his lower right leg and arm. Since then he has run more than 20 marathons including the Trans Sahara 240km race - the world's toughest race - all for charity. This week his autobiography, One Step Beyond (Macmillan, pounds 16.99), is published. Doreen Moon, Chris's mother, aged 72, was recently widowed. She is a retired education clerk and lives in Wiltshire.

Letter: Third-world debt

Sir: Clare Short has not for the first time misunderstood the position of the Jubilee 2000 Coalition ("Short chides church on debt relief", 19 November).
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