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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.

Ben Chu: Strong meat from a poacher turned gamekeeper

I don't know whether George Soros's interesting personal history as a poacher turned gamekeeper makes his ideas on financial reform more or less credible.

Kenya's aristocrat killer freed after three years

One of Kenya's most prominent white aristocrats was released from prison yesterday five months after being convicted of killing a black poacher on his vast family estate.

Daniel Howden: Progress endangers unique set of wheels

Congo Notebook: The chikudu is an ingenious invention, a kind of wooden bicycle meets scooter that can be found nowhere else

Two in court after homecoming parade disturbance

Two men today denied public order offences in relation to a disturbance at a soldiers' homecoming parade.

Player profile: A midfield prodigy blighted by injury at Stamford Bridge

The coaches that work under Frank Arnesen at Chelsea's academy grade their young players according to three standards. Grade C are the kids on scholarship deals, earning £100 in traditional apprentice wages. Grade B earn £40,000-£75,000 with the potential for more. But Grade A are gold-plated, on salaries of £100,000 plus.

James Moore: Banks need to cool it as anger grows

Outlook Not wanting to be outdone by Lord "Tax 'Em" Turner, Gordon Brown has now decided he has to join in with the bonus bashing too. Of course, when you look beyond the headlines, it becomes clear that, amid all the noise and the fuss and the desperate desire to pass the buck on to someone else, they are saying much the same thing. Which is that there should be international action to rein in the recidivists, who can't seem to shake their addiction to seven-figure payouts for doing well at financial roulette.

Roe deer become target for urban hunters out to make a quick buck

Glasgow is the new focus of a dramatic upsurge in the poaching and baiting of wildlife. Cahal Milmo reports

Kenyan aristocrat jailed for 8 months

A court has sentenced a descendant of Kenya's most famous white settlers to eight months in prison for the manslaughter of a black man on his vast estate.

Slaughter of the elephants

Legal ivory sale linked to poaching surge across Kenya's huge Tsavo National Park

UK consumers warned of illegal meat trade

Rise in illegal African meat trade poses a serious threat to both native wildlife and human health across the globe

Daniel Howden: Love child scandal hits Zuma's stand-in

Cape Town Notebook: While one half of the South African media is navel-gazing, the other is selling newspapers and grabbing viewers

Use lynx to cull deer, says top ecologist

Britain's big cat may be reintroduced to help balance nature, 500 years after being hunted to extinction here

Letters: Mothers with children being forced to work

Brutal to force mothers of small children out to work
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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past