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Legal imports have grown from 350,000 skins valued at just €100 million (€72 million) in 2005 as Beyoncé, Johnny Depp’s partner, Amber Heard, Khloé Kardashian and Tamara Ecclestone have jumped on the trend for the exotic handbags, which can sell for more than €5,000 each.

Illegally traded python skins worth $1 billion (€720 million) are being imported into Europe every year as weak regulation fails to stop illici(...)

A Chinese family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight screams as she is being dragged from the media conference area at a Kuala Lumpur hotel yesterday.  photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Authorities in Sepang said yesterday that they were trying to recover data deleted from a flight simulator custom-built by the pilot of the mis(...)

A sedated white rhino is blindfolded and strapped with a rope by veterinarians and rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) after it was shot with a tranquilizer dart from a helicopter to be sedated in a private conservancy near Naivasha, Kenya, 30 October 2013. The horn of the rhino was cut and a GPS-tracking device was fitted to enable rangers and scientists to track the rhinos’ movements and help combat poaching. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

American philanthropist Howard Buffett donated $24 million to South Africa’s national parks service today to fund a high-tech campaign against (...)

Kim Mordaunt with producer and wife Sylvia Wilcynski

Every now and then, a film offers us a cultural phenomenon so absurd that the viewer is forced to conclude this must be a genuine event. After(...)

The Rocket 2:17
The Rocket

In rural Laos, Ahlo survives childbirth, but his sibling does not. Tribal law demands that all twins are killed at birth – for every pair conta(...)

A man puts up a wreath outside Kunming railway station after the knife attack on Saturday that killed 29 civilians and left scores injured. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

Chinese police have captured the remaining three suspects in Saturday’s knife attack on a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming tha(...)

Take a boat trip down the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
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Could you please give me some advice on a trip to Vietnam, taking in Cambodia and Laos? We are a couple, early 50s, interested in culture and histo(...)

The Lao Airlines flight crashed in the Mekong killing all 44 passengers and five crew members. Photograph: Google Maps

A Lao Airlines flight crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos today, killing all 49 people onboard, according to a statement from the Laotian g(...)

Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap is seen at a residence in Hanoi in  August 2008. General Vo Nguyen Giap, architect of Vietnam’s military victories over France and the United States, died today, of natural causes, family members and a hospital source said. He was 102. Photograph: Kham/Files/Reuters

Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the (...)

Chinzombo, South Luangwa NationalPark, Zambia
Take 3: Luxury canvas hotels
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  • August 3, 2013, 01:00

Chinzombo, South Luangwa NationalPark, Zambia Normancarrsafaris. comCanvas walls are all that is between you and the African bush, game park and river(...)

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