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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

Small Talk: Wentworth's East Africa connection

Recent oil activity in Uganda has spurred interest from investors

Colour Me English, By Caryl Phillips

These coruscating essays benefit from 20 years of deep thinking about race and racism, identity and Englishness...and Luther Vandross

The business on...Hussein Lalani, Co-founder, 99p Stores

So what's his strategy?

See if you can work it out from the name of the shops. In recession-era Britain, discount retailing is performing very well; 99p Stores revealed yesterday that it made a £6.3m profit last year, three times as much as in 2009 and more than ever before.

Diageo buys out SAB in Kenya

Diageo has agreed to buy out SABMiller's 20 per cent stake in its Kenyan unit for 19.5bn Kenyan shillings (£137m) through its East African Breweries unit.

The price is right: The 99p Stores chain has emerged as a recession winner

How did one man conquer the bargain-basement market? Mat Snow reports on a shopping sensation

Climber conquers world's highest peaks – aged 16

Schoolboy's ascent of Everest makes him youngest person to scale 'seven summits'

General who crushed Tutsi 'cockroaches' is jailed for 30 years

The Rwanda army chief who called for ethnic Tutsis to be exterminated like "cockroaches" during the 1994 genocide was yesterday sentenced to 30 years in prison.

You should see some of the guests - they've got very sharp teeth

The past decade has seen a boom in luxury lodges that put you closer to the beasts. Jeremy Laurance tries a break to the bush and beach in Tanzania

10 Top Royal Wedding Escapes

1 Sweden: A six-day self-guided sea kayaking tour of the Bohuslan archipelago costs £246 per person with Nature Travels (departs 28 Apr, naturetravels.co.uk), including equipment, maps and transfers.

Female mid-life crisis: Has an epidemic of narcissism made women delusional?

The vogue for middle-aged women finding themselves – and then writing tell-all books about it – has become big business. But it makes their journeys of discovery as predictable as the daily commute, says Charlotte Raven

The Big Six: Indian Ocean green retreats

From a safari and beach in one chic package in Tanzania to some eco-friendly cottages in Kenya...

Travel Agenda: Istanbul Edition; St John Hotel; The Residence in Zanzibar; Cotswold Outdoor; Snow Centre

Today: A trio of new hotels opens: the Istanbul Edition courtesy of Ian Schrager and Marriott ( editionhotels.com); the much-delayed St John Hotel and restaurant in the West End of London ( stjohnhotellondon.com); and The Residence in Zanzibar ( theresidence.com).

The Sultan of Zanzibar, By Martyn Downer

Funny, fast-moving and astounding, this biography goes way beyond what would be considered feasible in fiction.

Ex-doctor guilty of keeping 'slave'

A retired doctor was convicted today of forcing a middle-aged woman to be her £10-a-month "slave".

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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