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With poachers now killing almost 11,000 a year for their ivory, urgent steps need to be be taken to stop the cull

Kenya charges two with murder of British gem expert

Kenya has charged two men with murdering a prominent Scottish gemstones expert killed last month by a mob armed with clubs, spears and bows and arrows.

'A fantastic place to visit'

It is less frequented by gappers than other parts of the world, but East Africa has much to offer, says Zoe Flood

Gap year guide: 'A fantastic place to visit'

It is less frequented by gappers than other parts of the world, but East Africa has much to offer, says Zoe Flood

The wildebeest river is running dry

The animals' stampede through the Mara river is one of nature's most spectacular events. But now the watercourse is drying up, a sign of the damage being done to Africa's fragile eco-system

Gang jailed for albino murders

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Zanzibar and the darkness in paradise

Going back was a life lesson in the potency of the whole historical truth

Does Tanzania's wilderness need another five-star hotel?

Keeping prices high and tourist numbers low could be the way to preserve the Serengeti and make it profitable. The new, luxurious Bilila Lodge Kempinski is part of the plan. Sankha Guha reports

Small Talk: Accsys talks tough on trees

Despite not being able to spell, Accsys (pronounced Access) Technologies is a company on the march.

Rwandan minister sentenced to 30 years for genocide

A UN court trying masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide today gave a 30-year jail sentence to a former interior minister accused of tricking thousands of people to hide on a hill before they were killed.

Guantanamo Bay prisoner to face civilian court

The first detainee was transferred from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp yesterday to stand trial in a US civilian court in a test case for President Barack Obama's plans to close the prison for foreign terrorism suspects.

On The Road: A day in the life of Matemwe beach

It's 8.30am and I'm walking barefoot to work, on sand as soft as white pepper. My job today is to check hotels along Matemwe beach, but the real working day here on Zanzibar's shimmering east coast started just after dawn, when the tide went out to the sound of the muezzin's call for prayer.

Travel challenge - A wildebeest migration safari

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a two-week Great Migration safari, for two people departing in August.

Mystery of bankrupt firm with ruby worth £11m

A construction company that went into administration with the loss of more than 300 jobs declared an £11m ruby as one of its assets, it has emerged.

On The Road: A journey into the unknown in Tanzania

"Safari njema!" our taxi-driver calls out as he leaves us at Mtwara bus station, wishing us well. No, we're not starting some luxurious Serengeti adventure with chilled G&Ts at sunset. "Safari" in Swahili simply means journey, and we're boarding a dalla-dalla – a strangely fairy-tale-like name for a battered minibus – to our next destination, Lindi.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

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The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada