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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.

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Zambia sentences 59 to death

Zambia sentences 59 to death

Debt plea by Aids-hit Zambia

Debt plea by Aids-hit Zambia

Letter: Aids in Zambia

Sir: Having visited Aids patients myself in Nkwazi Compound on Zambia's Copperbelt, I can confirm Mary Braid's conclusions about the problem of Aids in Zambia ("Journey to the heart of Africa's medieval plague", 14 September). But why must she try to lay blame at the feet of the Catholic Church for the spread of the disease? Apart from the fact that condoms are only a help in preventing the spread of Aids, the Church's position on sexually transmitted diseases is that couples should be faithful to each other and then there would be little or no risk of them catching Aids.

Letter: Africa's burden

Sir: I have recently returned from a tour of Zambia and Malawi. I had the privilege of visiting schools, hospitals, farms and rural areas and had private meetings with the President of Zambia and the Vice-President of Malawi.

BOOKS: AUDIO

Traveller's Gazette: Abroad

Book Review: Guess who came to dinner?

The Africa House by Christina Lamb Viking, pounds 12.99, 346pp; A monocled Englishman built a stately home in the heart of the African bush, but detested his fellow settlers. Caroline Moorehead on the proper gent who died a Chief

Salutary failure of an African Utopia

Historical Notes

Letter: The Aids orphans

Sir: Your report on the impact of Aids on the children of Zambia ("A nation of orphans where one in five adults has HIV", 27 July) asserts that new attitudes towards prevention are coming too late to stop the progress of the disease. It would be easy to dismiss Aids awareness-raising initiatives, but community education is still the best weapon we have in the fight to prevent the spread of the disease across Africa.
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