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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

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If you get the details right, a trip to view Africa's amazing wildlife can be the ultimate adventure for parents and children, says Mike Unwin

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Selous Game Reserve: A safari above all others

The game reserve in Tanzania is home to stunning wildlife, but it's the giraffes that really stand out – and not just for the obvious reason

Ex-Guantanamo prisoner gets life in civilian trial

The first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to face civilian trial in the US was refused leniency yesterday, instead receiving a life jail sentence and a symbolic multi-million dollar fine for bombing US embassies in East Africa.

Chalk Talk: Will the Toriessoon come knocking at Adonis's door?

Some time ago, before the election, David Cameron and Education Secretary Michael Gove both issued an invitation to Andrew Adonis, architect of Labour's academies programme, to join them in government if they won the election. Lord Adonis diplomatically refused to accept the offer – he was after all a Labour minister at the time.

Pirates target cruise ship

A cruise ship carrying hundreds of British passengers has been targeted by pirates in the Indian ocean.

Tanzania: Explore Africa from the saddle

Horse riding among the animals of Tanzania is a life-changing experience, says Thembi Mutch

David Prosser: Now it's time to stamp out corruption and bribery for good

Outlook No doubt groups such as the Campaign Against Arms Trade and The Corner House will be disappointed byyesterday's sentencing of BAE for offences connected to its sale of a radar system to Tanzania more than 10 years ago. They had called on Mr Justice Bean to reject the plea bargain BAE had agreed with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on the affair, which specifically clears the defence company of allegations of corruption. That he did not do so, instead fining BAE £500,000 for accounting failures, will have upset anti-corruption campaigners.

Judge criticises 'hastily drafted' BAE plea deal

SFO corruption investigation concludes with £500,000 fine

BAE systems fined for accounting failures

Defence giant BAE Systems was today fined £500,000 for failing to keep proper records of payments to an adviser in the east African country of Tanzania.

BAE faces fine over Tanzanian radar contract

A judge will this morning rule on the size of the fine that BAE Systems must pay for illegal false accounting, in conclusion of a long-running corruption investigation into a £28m Tanzanian radar contract won by the defence giant in 1999.

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Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Tanzania

From the outside, the nine stone, canvas and thatched suites at this lodge look like classic safari territory, but the interiors are pure contemporary chic with panoramic windows and mirrored room dividers. The communal areas are bedded into the terraced hillside and scattered with squishy sofas. A river-sand "beach" has been created for sunbathing, while a curved swimming pool overlooks a waterhole.

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