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The United States has done it. The Philippines and China too. Even Hong Kong has said it will destroy some of its contraband ivory. But ahead of a conservation conference in London next month where world leaders will descend to seek a solution to wildlife crime, the debate about the future of stockpiles is set to heat up.

Rebels join forces in push for power

REBELS FIGHTING President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced a broad-based opposition coalition yesterday to spearhead an effort to drive him from power.

Outdoors: Is there a doctor in the hut?

Seeing an African witch doctor at work puts our own rural problems into focus

Rwanda threatens Congo on eve of talks to discuss border conflict

HOURS BEFORE a summit including Congo President Laurent Kabila, Rwanda's leader yesterday threatened his country would "hit back" if neighbouring Congo attacked its forces.

The waters of thirst

Forty years ago, the Tonga were driven from the Zambezi to make way for a dam. Despite official promises, they have been l;eft high and dry. Paul Vallely reports

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Zambians pay price of stability

NO ONE could accuse the International Monetary Fund's representative in Zambia of not having a sense of humour. The walls of his office are covered with cartoons from local newspapers lambasting the IMF for its devastating impact on the life of ordinary Zambians.

Princess fired up by a humanitarian cause

Paul Vallely meets an aid worker whose parallel insights into the worlds of privilege and poverty have equipped her to monitor the impact of the West's policies on the poor

Zambians struggle for dignity under the burden of debt

I AM the only person in the breakfast room at Kapininga House when the middle-aged priest in clerical black enters. It is only after we have talked for some time that I discover he is the Archbishop of Lusaka.

Africa: Shanty trading becomes norm as Zambia's industries wither

ZAMBIA has become a nation of traders. It is impossible to enter a shop or office in central Lusaka without having to squeeze through row after row of ramshackle roadside stalls.

Postcard from Africa: Where the chains of debt keep children on death row

Paul Vallely meets the people with the most to lose from this week's G8 talks

Much to be thankful for but much to do in the parish of St Kizitu

In the first of a series of articles before the G8 meeting in Birmingham, Paul Vallely reports on Third World debt

Postcard From Africa: Poor work to pay off the West

THEY name businesses after proverbs in Zambia. To find Joyce Besa, you thread your way down the alleys of Misisi shanty-town in the capital, Lusaka, until you find the Jealous People Never Win hairdresser. Turn left and next look out for the Change Is The Key hardware store. Just next door is the tailoring centre where Joyce works as a seamstress.

The people the banks forgot

Zambia: After a decade of economic advance, Africa is sliding back into poverty and people are suffering again. There are no jobs, little food and infant mortality is rising

Just beware of the killer chocolates on your pillow

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