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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

Gate keepers: Jim Arnold, Owenstown trust chair (left), with Bill Nicol, project director, on site

Dreams of utopia in a potato patch: Young families rush to be part of proposed 'co-operative' town with low-cost, low-carbon homes

Owenstown, in Lanarkshire's Douglas Valley, could become Britain's first new garden city for nearly a century

Elephant Appeal: Tourist cash can save the elephant

Just as money drives the poachers, so visitors’ dollars can give communities a sustainable reason to protect their valuable wildlife. Simon Calder looks at the possibilities for East Africa

The Houses of Parliament form part of a Unesco World Heritage Site

All rise: Parliament’s £1bn restoration may make MPs homeless

Experts say that 2020 is the final deadline for deciding whether one of the world’s oldest buildings is to be saved for future generations

Protesters march against plans to develop Rosia Montana
interior of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini

Unearthed: the shrine set to revolutionise world view of Buddha's origins

Archaeologists digging beneath sacred Maya Devi Temple find first physical evidence to enable them to accurately date the nativity of Prince Siddhartha Gautama

Hats off to the sanitary towel sellers

Tampons are a tough sell - I'm wishing the best of luck to Edith Bowman in her new advertising campaign

Rescue says five local authorities around Liverpool, home of the World Heritage waterfront, no longer receive architectural heritage advice

Heritage sites being left at mercy of planners, archaeologists warn

Budget cuts will leave future generations with a lost legacy of historic heritage as there was no one there to protect it

Protests over Bangladesh power plant near tiger reserve

The Bangladesh government is pressing ahead with the construction of a £1m coal-based power plant 14 kilometres from the world’s largest mangrove forest.

Crowds congregate on the 'ugly' bridge

The ugly blot on Dresden’s landscape: Bridge opens after Unesco dispute

Thousands of Dresdeners cocked a collective snook at Unesco today and held a party on the Elbe city’s “ugly” new road bridge, which opens to traffic tomorrow despite furious objections from the UN heritage body, which stripped Dresden of its world heritage status in protest against the structure.

'Like driving a road through Stonehenge': Stretch of historic Offa's Dyke flattened

Police investigate after bulldozer rips through eighth century monument

Mont Saint-Michel, northwestern France, at high tide

Normandy 'island' Mont Saint-Michel cut off by extreme high tide

The last time the iconic landmark was totally surrounded by seawater was 134 years ago

The Hercules statue at the mountain park Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in Kassel

Postcard from... Kassel

A reveller, with a blanket wrapped around herself, celebrates the summer solstice at the ancient Stonehenge monument on Salisbury Plain in southern England

Thousands celebrate summer solstice ahead of 'historic moment' for Stonehenge

The neighbouring road is finally about to close

The planned development

The Croatians who want to stop golf's Great White Shark eating their coastline

The last time Croatians voted in a referendum it was to decide whether – 21 years after the country broke away from Yugoslavia and declared independence – it should join the European Union.

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A nap a day could save your life

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If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
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The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
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The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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Take your seat: 10 best placemats

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