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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

Pirate hostages fear they will be killed in days

Couple plead for £4m ransom money to be paid in new video broadcast

Kangalicious: Let your dress do the talking

There are two rules to wearing a kanga: it must be colourful, and it must be inscribed with a proverb. Daniel Howden reports on a garment sweeping the globe

Guy Adams: 'The glaciers seemed remote and shrivelled'

According to the guide who took me up Africa's tallest mountain, the name "Kilimanjaro" comes from two words. The first, "Kilima" is Swahili for "hill". The second, "Njaro", can mean "white", or "shiny", or even, depending on both the vigour with which it's pronounced and the imagination of the listener, "shimmering".

Climate change will melt snows of Kilimanjaro 'within 20 years'

Ice on Africa's highest peak is vanishing at fastest rate for 100 years

Elephant kills BBC crew's guide

A guide has been killed by a charging elephant while helping a film crew to make a BBC children's television programme.

Yacht couple's family issue plea to pirates

Relatives of a British couple thought to have been captured by Somali pirates today pleaded with the captors to end the family's "bad dream".

Pirate hijack couple's family fear 'worst'

Relatives of a British couple whose yacht is thought to have been hijacked by pirates off the east coast of Africa today said they feared the "worst might have happened".

Tanzanian Government likes to keep the facts to itself

It seemed almost too macabre to be true: albinos being hacked to death by alleged witch doctors who wanted their hair and blood as ingredients for potions that, when imbibed, were supposed to bring untold wealth.

Ian Birrell: Britain's tarnished reputation can be salvaged at last

Politicians turned a blind eye, even as they lectured others against corruption

The '£11m Gem of Tanzania' exposed as a £100 fake

It was once thought to be the most valuable jewel of its kind in the world, an enormous uncut ruby worth £11m with a history so murky that one of its former owners declared it to be cursed.

Leading article: A real gem?

You have to give them credit for imagination. The name "The Gem of Tanzania" made it sound like the Koh-e-noor. It's the kind of title that might have been lifted from the pages of King Solomon's Mines. But an even greater stroke of genius by the auditors of Wrekin Construction was in valuing the ruby at £11m. No one would dream of making a fraudulent valuation of that size would they? Well, actually, they would. And it turns out that the Gem of Tanzania is a pretty ordinary piece of crystal, probably worth in the region of £100.

Travel challenge: A family half term safari

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a family safari in October half term. Prices are for two adults and two children under 12 departing on 24 October and include a week's accommodation and flights from Heathrow...

Al-Shymaa Kway-Geer: Death penalty is fitting punishment for cruellest of killers

This was the best judgment we could have hoped for. With this decision, a big lesson has been learnt and a message has been sent out that the people who are killing albinos should be afraid. Now they know the Tanzanian government is serious.

Three sentenced to hang for murder of an African 'ghost'

Landmark ruling in Tanzania offers protection for albinos threatened by trade in 'magical' body parts

Three to hang for Tanzania albino murder

Tanzania's high court today sentenced three men to hang for the murder of a 13-year-old albino boy, killed for his body parts in the country's northwest, local media and a rights group said.

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