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Not content with four-storey statues of Alexander the Great and Mother Teresa, city planners in Skopje are now inviting bids for a version of Rome’s Spanish Steps, part of a beautification campaign that has divided residents.

Boxing: Calzaghe's left hand causing concern

JOE CALZAGHE says he will never again take risks with his career as he prepares to make his American debut in Atlantic City on 7 August. Because of a painful left hand, the Welshman admits he did not have any sparring in the build-up to his World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight title defence against Rick Thornberry at the Cardiff International Arena on Saturday.

First Taj Mahal photographs expected to fetch pounds 500,000

THE FIRST photographs ever taken of the Taj Mahal are among the treasures in a unique archive expected to fetch up to pounds 500,000 at auction this month.

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Liverpool waterfront is ranked with the Taj Mahal

LIVERPOOL'S WATERFRONT, the New Forest and parts of the Paddington to Bristol railway line are among 25 places in the UK nominated today for World Heritage Status.

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City Life: Delhi - Ding dong! Time for Christmas baksheesh

ON MY FRONT door in Nizamuddin, I have just hung up a huge red and green wreath, made from dried chilli peppers, to spice up my holiday mood and to discourage a marauding monkey who has been mooching around our neighbourhood.

India's latest plan to attract more tourists: closing the Taj Mahal

ON THE threshold of "Visit India Year", the Taj Mahal, the most popular monument in the country, and far and away the biggest magnet for foreign tourists, may be forced to close.

World heritage site nominations

World heritage site nominations

Letter: New risk of nuclear war

Sir: Peter Popham's account of Muslim-Hindu relations on the Subcontinent is dangerously misleading (Comment, 1 June).

THE DIARY OF EMMA D MAY: Bigger than the Taj Mahal

SUNDAY 12.01am: Everyone sitting in Bengali restaurant in Brick Lane. Dylan announces he's going to India. To live. "To, like, discover yourself," says Anna, unkindly. "No," says Dylan. "To, like, discover some seriously good gear actually." Point out he has never even been to Calais, let alone to Asia. How will he know he likes it? "That's why I wanted to tell you in Brick Lane, over a curry," he explains. "So you, like, get my drift." Behind his head is large mural of Taj Mahal. Offer to take his picture with the TM behind, as would be cheaper than going all way to India. "Look"' says Dylan patiently, "It's like this. I, erm, the other day, I ate a McDonalds burger, a fucking great big whopper of a burger. After ten years of vegetarianism, I ate a burger..." (He pauses dramatically, while everyone tries to get heads around idea of D eating a Whopper.) "And since then, I've been having these dreams where Linda McCartney keeps telling me that I have to atone for the burger by going to India and doing some hippy stuff like people did in the Sixties." Vikram coughs. "So you're going to India because Linda told you?" Dylan nods. "That's about the size of it. I'm going tomorrow. Who else is coming?"

Neasden's divine inspiration

In the same way that it's hard to imagine Trafalgar Square without Nelson's Column and pigeon shit, Neasden is almost inconceivable without the North Circular. The six lanes of traffic dominate both the landscape and the battered-looking psyche of its residents, a harried breed who, on their hunched shoulders, bear a greater weight of urban woe than most. Like the folk of Dounreay, or people who live beneath flight paths, the road is a shared experience, an unspoken, unwelcome backdrop to the everyday. They scuttle around like mice on the tracks of the Northern Line, grubbied but unbowed, the stoic victims of a low-level abuse.

Millennium mania puts the world in work

WITH 80 million people expected to visit the world's six biggest millennium attractions alone the approach of 2000 will trigger a huge boom during the next two years.

Travel: Welcome to Laos, and remember not to wander too far from the paths

This beautiful, tragic country has the distinction of being the most bombed place on earth. It's also difficult to get into, but it's worth the effort, says Gareth Lloyd

Lewis needs the Briggs one

Bob Mee suggests that a stiff test awaits Britain's enigma in Atlantic City; Boxing's great unfulfilled talent must see off the younger generation to claim his place in history

Travel: A guide to the world's most erogenous zones

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