Voices Prince William recently established United for Wildlife, an alliance of seven leading conservation bodies, to try to end poaching

The Duke of Cambridge yesterday called on the world to halt Africa's "poaching epidemic" after he joined Labour leader Ed Miliband in becoming the latest public figures to back The Independent on Sunday's Christmas appeal.

Dear Graham Kelly

As chief executive of the FA, you could revive the reputations of two national institutions by allowing Prince William and Prince Harry to presid e over the Cup Final

THEATRE / The Threepenny Opera, or whatever that is in Ecus

The Threepenny Opera Donmar Warehouse, London

What hope for a boy born to be king?

It is a social reflex that those discussing the behaviour of the Prince and Princess of Wales mutter at some point: 'the poor children'. But this sentimental afterthought should really be a hard-headed forethought. For Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is probably the most interesting figure in the current constitutional quasi-crisis. Although he has not yet published a book - perhaps he is even now working with a Blue Peter presenter on the authorised child's-eye account - it is in the person of Prince William, aged 12, that the true scale of the crisis surrounding the British monarchy becomes clear.

Letter: Rich kids in school

Sir: David Woodhead of the Independent Schools Information Service (letter, 27 September) is mistaken in claiming that parents using private education, by 'paying twice', are in some way helping the state system.

Five-billion-dollar spill: What the Exxon Valdez did to Prince William Sound is unforgettable, some say irreparable. Last Friday, five years on, the biggest environmental lawsuit in US history ended with a massive damages award. But was it enough? Phil Reeves reports from Alaska

As news of the dollars 5bn damages spread through the trading floors of the United States on Friday night, the oil giant Exxon's stock actually rose from dollars 58.75 to dollars 60.25 per share. Investors had been fearing much worse. This was only one year's profits, and it had been the biggest environmental lawsuit in US history - in which 14,000 or so plaintiffs had been looking for an award of dollars 15bn. Exxon had a turnover last year of dollars 111bn.

Exxon is ordered to pay dollars 286m for spill

ANCHORAGE (Reuter, AP) - A federal jury yesterday ordered Exxon Corp to pay dollars 286m ( pounds 187m) to more than 10,000 commercial fishermen for damages suffered in the massive March 1989 oil spill off Valdez, Alaska.

Schools move to reduce teachers' driving hours: Wendy Berliner examines steps taken by heads in the wake of the Hagley tragedy

WHEN Eleanor Fry got into the driving seat of the Hagley Roman Catholic school minibus and set off for London after a full day's teaching, she was doing what countless other teachers do every day.

Threat to Charles: William would become heir

IF THE SHOTS fired yesterday by David Kang had been real, Prince William might have succeeded his father as heir to the throne, writes Mary Braid.

Penis-cutter's trial starts

MANASSAS, Virginia (Reuter) - Lorena Bobbitt goes on trial today for cutting off her husband's penis. She is charged with maliciously wounding John Wayne Bobbitt on 23 June.

After Civil War, the sex war

NOT since the battle of Bull Run in August 1862, has the Virginia town of Manassas been so in the public eye. Then it was the American Civil War. Yesterday, it was the start of two-stage court case involving lurid conjugal violence.

Stolen pictures surface in Australia

Five 19th-century Dutch paintings stolen several years ago from Delft were found in an Australian garage, Reuter reports from Perth. The paintings, worth up to pounds 850,000, were found pressed between two pieces of plywood in a garage in Perth. Two paintings by Willem Schmidt are of Dutch royalty, King William II and Prince William of Orange.

If you get on so well, why did you divorce?: After the hurt and bitterness of separation, can couples really hope that the wounds will heal into an uncomplicated relationship? Janet Reibstein has her doubts

SO THE Duke and Duchess of York have formally separated. Yet pictures of them with their daughters suggest they are striving to be good friends. In the same week, the camera catches a wistful look from Prince William as his parents kiss goodbye after his school sports day. But whatever the reason for such public reconciliation, can the royal couples, or any separated couple, truly be friends again?

The Shetland Oil Disaster: Damage from Alaskan slick remains despite apparent recovery: Four years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, wildlife in Prince William Sound has still not fully recovered, writes Rupert Cornwell

IT IS almost four years since the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing a calamitous oil spill which shocked the world. Most of the legal loose ends have since been tied up, but there is no certainty that the delicate sub-Arctic environment can be returned to full health.

Princess misses out Sandringham

The Princess of Wales looks set to spend Christmas apart from her sons, Prince William, 10, and Prince Harry, 8. She has turned down the Queen's invitation to join the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham in Norfolk.

Letter: The Royal Family: a lost generation or a symbol of greater freedom?

Sir: There is no denying that our Queen has shown herself to be an astute and worthy monarch. She has stood as a symbol of tradition and yet has had the foresight and flexibility to adapt her role to changing circumstances.
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