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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.

Tips and deals of the week: 20/02/2011

The deal

Prices have been slashed by half from 2 March to 30 April at Hotel Crillon le Brave near Avignon in France. From £53 per person per night.

Go to: crillonlebrave.com

Traveller's guide: Family safaris

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

South Africa's FirstRand to run Zambia's Finance Bank

Zambia's central bank has appointed South Africa's FirstRand (FSRJ.J) to run a key commercial bank facing collapse due to poor management, a central bank spokesman said today.

The Big Six: Chic African Safari Lodges

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.

Fight against African kleptocrats to go global after milestone ruling in France

Money-laundering inquiry given access to African leaders' assets

Managers 'who shot strikers' in Zambia freed

A court in Zambia has freed on bail two Chinese managers accused of attempted murder for shooting and wounding 11 coal miners during a protest over pay and working conditions.

Katy Holland: Watching wildlife on a family safari – that's just half the story

Are We There Yet? Family-friendly safaris these days are all about getting children to engage with their environment

Dylan Jones: 'Until the end of the first Iraq war, Lusaka had its own Saddam Hussein Boulevard'

In Zambia, the Brits get fleeced even before they've passed immigration. Every visitor has to pay a £50 tax on entry, but the British are the only visitors to have their children taxed, too. They have passports, see.

Go with the flow: The traveller's guide to waterfalls

Powerful. Deafening. Beautiful. The natural wonder of the world's waterfalls never fails to impress

Pot yourself an ethical safari in Africa

More firms are making it possible to see wildlife in comfort, and keep a clear conscience. Mark Rowe reports

Baroness Park: Diplomat and Intelligence Service officer who served in Moscow, Hanoi, Africa and Mongolia

The shade of Daphne Park would not be the least disconcerted or offended – she was a Lady of powerful opinions pungently expressed – by being dubbed "Baroness Spooks".

Roar terror: If you want a good night's sleep in Zambia, beware of the lions...

Zambia possesses astonishing landscapes, luxurious lodges and wildlife in abundance

A to Z of the greatest journeys on Earth

Travel through the alphabet – and to the furthest reaches of the planet – with our A to Z of amazing adventures. From Annapurna to the Zambezi, the world awaits...

Dead Aid, By Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo argues in this book that African aid is not working. Its epigraph is a heart-rending message that was found on the bodies of Guinean teenage stowaways who attempted to reach Europe in the landing gear of an airliner. To "the Excellencies and officials of Europe", it pleads: "We ask you to help us to study so we can be like you."

Africa Cup of Nations: Reports and fixtures

Zambia weathered a late rally to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 14 years after securing top spot in Group D.

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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