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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.

Independent Appeal: How the web can bring abundance to Africa

Computers and broadband have enabled Zambian weather forecasting to transform farmers' prospects, writes Basildon Peta

Independent Appeal: Connecting the middle of nowhere

Thanks to the work of Computer Aid, the Zambian village of Macha has a gateway to the rest of the world

Neil Patrick: Observing Zambia's AIDS crisis

Six o’clock in the morning at Lusaka International Airport and the flight from London disgorges its load onto the already hot tarmac.

Franck Martin: How the media can help to cut poverty in the Third World

Beauty Chirwa is a 23-year-old street vendor who lives in a poor and densely populated neighbourhood called Msisi in Lusaka, Zambia's capital. Every day she walks two hours to collect a pile of magazines from an office, before selling them from a pitch at the side of the traffic-heavy Great East Road in the city centre.

Outcry after Zambian editor labelled a 'pornographer'

One of Zambia's leading journalists will be in the dock tomorrow, accused of being a pornographer, a charge that carries a five-year sentence if she's convicted. The case against Chansa Kabwela has provoked an outcry in her home country and is stirring fears that one of Africa's success stories could be heading off the rails.

'Shopaholic' ex-president of Zambia cleared of corruption

Chiluba walks free from test-case trial in huge setback to anti-corruption drive across Africa

The long march: If you're looking for big game in Zambia, ditch the 4x4 and strike out on foot

The trail had gone cold, lost somewhere in a maze of tracks among the purple pan weed. Our guide, Levy, straightened up, wiped his brow and scanned the treeline – but without conviction. It was nearly two hours since we had found the first tell-tale paw print etched in the dust. This, it seemed, was one lion that did not want to be found.

Tsvangirai's grandson is drowned, aged four

Morgan Tsvangirai's four-year-old grandson has drowned less than a month after the Zimbabwe Prime Minister's wife, Susan, was killed in a road crash.

Zimbabwe: A beautiful land in need of a change of fortune

Visitors once flocked to Zimbabwe, but abhorrence for President Mugabe's regime has all but destroyed tourism in the country. When will the tourists be tempted back?

Coming home: the last Briton in Guantanamo

Binyam Mohamed’s family warned that they may not recognise him

Independent Appeal: The rape victim who took the stigma out of HIV

The victim of an appalling crime when she was nine, Memory Phiri was treated like an outcast. The experience has turned her into an eloquent campaigner against prejudice. Paul Vallely reports

The kindest cut: How circumcision is the secret weapon in the battle against HIV/Aids

In Zambia, an experiment in the battle with HIV/Aids is producing staggering results. If this were a vaccine trial, the medical world would be hailing it as a miracle. But instead of a wonder drug, the secret weapon is circumcision. Jeremy Laurance reports

Now anthrax takes toll on the starving in Zimbabwe

To add to the peril of cholera, Zimbabwe's beleaguered population is now facing anthrax. An outbreak of the deadly infection has killed two children and one adult and spread to 32 others. It is threatening to wipe out at least 60,000 livestock in the northern Zambezi Valley, aggravating the food crisis, Save the Children warned yesterday.

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