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Poaching is a major factor contributing to the rapid decline in the numbers of African elephants, with about 20,000 slaughtered every year. Photograph: AP Photo/Denis Farrell

China will slap a total ban on the domestic ivory trade within a year, the government announced on Friday, shutting the door to the world’s biggest en(...)

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

David Attenborough has a lot to answer for. I don’t even own a kitten, and yet I struggled to get through an episode of Planet Earth – which complete(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte: his national war on drugs has led to thousands of deaths since he took office in June. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has said he hunted down drug suspects “personally” during a deadly crackdown he instigated when he was the mayor (...)

President Michael D Higgins: “I think one of the great challenges facing both countries, here in Ireland and in Vietnam, is to get an economic model that will benefit all the people.” Photograph: Paul Sharp

President Michael D Higgins has begun an eight-day visit to Vietnam and Laos that will focus on boosting bilateral ties, especially in trade, investme(...)

Monks in saffron robes enter the  golden Sim at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most famous temple in the north of Laos. Photograph:  Ben Davies/LightRocket/Getty Images

I was sitting cross-legged on the floor of Wat Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh, on the banks of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, entirely alone, when th(...)

President Rodrigo Duterte’s (centre) remarks are the latest in a series of inflammatory statements which have alerted Washington. Photograph: EPA

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signalled growing tension between his country and the United States when he said that he would “cross the Rubicon(...)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte  at the Asean summit in Vientiane, Laos.   Photograph: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has expressed regret for calling Barack Obama a “son of a whore”, which prompted his US counterpart t(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte arrives at Wattay international airport in Vientiane for a regional summit on Monday. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the Philippines has escalated his campaign of obscene abuse at perceived opponents, foreign and domestic, by calling Barack Obama a (...)

 Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing guests during a wreath-laying ceremony in observance of National Heroes Day at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines,  August 29th,  2016. Photograph: Ace Morandante/PPD/EPA

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug (...)

Photograph taken in Singapore last April shows a worker fumigating an area against mosquitoes. File photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore authorities have confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, which in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect, and said mor(...)

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