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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.

A nation of orphans where one in five adults has HIV

DELEGATES VISITING Lusaka in September for the International Aids Conference will be conducting their deliberations in a society laid waste by a disease whose ravages are comparable with bubonic plague in medieval Europe.

Tread carefully: hippos ahead

Jill Crawshaw leaves the stripy minibus crowd behind on a walking safari in Zambia's remote Luangwa national park

Congo rivals in bid for peace

COUNTRIES FIGHTING in the Democratic Republic of the Congo meet in Zambia on Monday to set up a joint military council that will oversee the shaky peace pact signed in Lusaka last Saturday by some belligerents in the war in the east of the country.

Congo peace role for Mandela

THE FORMER South African president, Nelson Mandela, is next week expected to make his first appearance in the unofficial role of international peace-broker at a summit in Zambia aimed at ending the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Travel: A wobbly journey to the centre of the river

Anna Rockall braves tree-trunk transport and strange blood-sports on her way to Jungle Junction, an island in the Zambezi

British teachers to go on Third World sabbaticals

BRITISH SCHOOLS are to be given government funds to "twin" with remote rural classrooms in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Travel: Hop On, Hop Off

BUS YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD

Kaunda abandoned by Zambia

IN A high court ruling that his supporters branded a witchhunt, Kenneth Kaunda was yesterday declared stateless by Zambia - the country of which he was founding father and first president.

Zambian writers on spy charges

THREE MORE journalists from the Zambian newspaper The Post have been charged with espionage over a report into the country's defence capability, their lawyer said yesterday.

Travel for mind, body and spirit: Lips The hippos of the Zambezi

Lips The hippos of the Zambezi

A Family affair: Uniting our faiths with love

Derek Barnes, 54, a Church of England vicar, has been married to Rohini, 40, a committed Hindu, for 18 years. Rohini was born in Zambia and moved to England when she was 17 years old. They live in Southall, West London, and have two children, Hi mal, 14, and Niraj, 11. Their commitment to two different faiths has caused some criticism within their community

Killing of minister alarms Zambia

THE UNSOLVED murder of a former finance minister earlier this month has led many Zambians to fear for their country's reputation as an island of relative stability between crumbling Zimbabwe and war-torn Angola and Congo.

Aid to be privatised - with bonuses for bosses

THE first "ethical" privatisation is being planned by the Government. Proceeds of the partial sell-off of the Commonwealth Development Corporation will be used to pay for overseas aid projects and there could be bonuses for executives who achieve its "ethical" aims in helping the economies of poor countries.

Battle to control Lonrho Africa heats up

THE BATTLE for control of Lonrho Africa broke into open warfare last night after theconglomerate's board rejected the demands of a group of investors linked to George Soros.

Surprise `breakthrough' in Congo crisis talks

A BREAKTHROUGH in the war in Congo was claimed last night after talks involving Congolese president Laurent Kabila, the rebels trying to oust him and the presidents of the five African countries already embroiled in the fighting.
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