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World heritage site nominations

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Unesco bid to help Bolshoi

Unesco, the UN agency for arts and culture, said yesterday that it would launch a fund-raising drive to raise pounds 215m to renovate Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre.

Greenwich ranks 17th in world

Maritime Greenwich yesterday became the UK's 17th World Heritage Site, ranking it alongside the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge. The decision, announced at a Unesco meeting in Naples, is a recognition of the unique qualities of an area by the Thames in south London that includes Sir Christopher Wren's Royal Naval Hospital, Inigo Jones's Queen's House, the Cutty Sark and Greenwich Park with the Old Royal Observatory.

Comment: Back in Unesco thanks to Clare

This was, I have to tell you, the week I switched briefly from being an inveterate poacher to become something more like a gamekeeper. After a quarter of a century of reporting international conferences, I found myself on the British delegation to one.

Letter: Rays of hope for Welsh valleys

Sir: Tony Heath's interview with Peter Hain, the Welsh Office minister ("Hope in the Valleys", 30 May), is very timely. As MP for Neath, Mr Hain has been playing a leading part in the new thinking around the community and economic regeneration of the South Wales valleys and now has a unique opportunity to implement his plans for "industrial villages".

The Queen's Speech: Britain to rejoin Unesco

Queen's Speech

Cook says EU may have a defence role

The Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, made a small but atmospherically significant move yesterday towards accepting a limited role for the European Union in defence matters.

Tourism is key to gorillas' fate

Lulengo, the dominant male, feigned dignified indifference, but the younger mountain gorillas in his troop stopped eating from time to time to stare at their visitors out of brown, uncannily human eyes. "They are curious, because they haven't seen a white face for months," explained our guide. "The gorillas were used to seeing white people all the time, but then the war came and tourism stopped."

Press prize for jailed writer

A jailed Chinese journalist, Gao Yu, has been chosen as the winner of Unesco's Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, for her fight to unshackle the press in her country, the United Nations organisation announced yesterday.

Letter : Path to peace in the Middle East

Sir: Objections to Israeli attempts to reinforce sovereignty over Jerusalem by archaeological operations are not confined to Palestinians. In 1978, Unesco passed a resolution deploring the excavations. This led to American criticism that the organisation was becoming too "politicised", one of the reasons for US (and British) withdrawal.

Theft, terror and tourism ravage world history

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Greenwich strikes out for global status

World Heritage Site: Unesco application focuses spotlight on how the ravages of time have decayed a once-majestic area

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