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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.

Emmanuel Mayuka celebrates his winner with a somersault

Ivory Coast face Zambia for title

Ivory Coast will play Zambia in the final of the African Cup of Nations on Sunday after both narrowly won their semi-finals yesterday.

Something to declare: Eurostar; Zambia and Zimbabwe; Miami vice; HS2 preview

Bargain of the week: Eurostar

The 1993 Zambia side killed in the crash

The day a team died

Zambia kick off against Senegal on Saturday – for many, a fixture to bring back sad memories of the greatest team Zambia ever had, and lost. By Jonathan Wilson

The 1993 Zambia side killed in the crash

The day a team died: A tragedy for Zambian football

The 1993 Zambia side was the country's best ever but it never realised its potential after being wiped out in a plane crash that should have been averted en route to play Senegal. This weekend the countries meet on what will be an emotional day

Bwalya believes Zambia can recreate glory days

Kalusha Bwalya needs no reminding about the significance of next month's African Nations Cup final being held in Libreville.

Call for arrest of Bush rejected

Calls by Amnesty International to arrest George W Bush on torture charges have been dismissed by the Zambian government.

Frederick Chiluba: Politician who promised a bright future for Zambia but became mired in corruption

Frederick Chiluba stunned Africa by winning the presidency of Zambia with a landslide victory in the country's first free elections. But though he was initially hailed as a saviour for ending one-party rule, his time in office became blighted by corruption, political suppression and revelations of wild extravagance. In the end, his many critics attributed his fall to the usual sins of the powerful: greed, vanity and pride.

Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba dies

Frederick Chiluba, Zambia's first democratically elected president who became increasingly autocratic during his decade in office, has died. He was 68.

AC Grayling: University challenged

Who would have thought that the founding of a rival to Oxbridge would be greeted with such abuse – and even smoke bombs? Certainly not our most recognisable philosopher whose brainchild it is

Glencore in the spotlight as EIB freezes lending

The European Union's financing arm has frozen all lending to the Swiss commodities trading giant Glencore, citing "serious concerns" about governance at the FTSE 100 listed firm.

Tribeca - A film festival finally getting into its groove

Tribeca celebrated its 10th birthday with a mix of stars, quirky programming and controversy. Sarah Hughes reports from New York

Men freed after Zambian mine shootings

Charges have been quietly dropped against two Chinese managers accused of shooting coal miners during a labour dispute. According to court records seen by reporters in Livingstone yesterday, Judge Ernest Mukulwamutiyo freed the managers last Friday after prosecutor Chalwe Mchenga informed the court he was not going to prosecute. He gave no reason.

China's Minmetals makes $6.5bn bid for Equinox

Minmetals resources, the state-backed Chinese metals trader, surprised the markets yesterday by tabling a $6.5bn (£4bn) bid for Equinox Minerals, the dual Canada and Australia-listed group which has been vying to take over Canada's Lundin Mining.

Where The Weird Things Are: The shoebill - a nose for the unusual

The scientific name of this outlandish bird – Balaeniceps rex – translates as "King whale-head". Easy to spot, then? Hardly. So elusive is the shoebill that Western science didn't lay eyes on one until 1851. Today, it remains top of the global twitchers' wish list; only those prepared to brave the deepest swamps of central Africa need apply.

Just like us, chimps laugh even when the joke isn’t funny

Chimpanzees can share a joke just like any human but they are also capable of sharing a laugh even when they don't find something particularly funny, scientists have discovered.

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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