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

Ancient Syrian minaret reduced to rubble

The 11th-century minaret of a landmark mosque in Aleppo was destroyed, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard.

The Chinese boat, Min Long Yu, at the Tubbataha Reef area off the coast of Palawan province, Western Philippines. 12 crew members ran it aground on 08 April at a northern islet of the Tubbataha Marine National Park off Palawan province.

Crew of Chinese boat held as meat from protected animal the pangolin is found on board

A Chinese vessel that ran into a protected coral reef in the south-western Philippines held evidence of even more environmental destruction inside: more than 10,000kg of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater.

The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt (left) and Machu Pichu in Peru

It lasts two years, costs nearly £1m and takes in 1,000 tourists sites - is this the most expensive holiday in the world?

'Ultimate package holiday' features 'bucket list' tour of almost 1,000 of the world’s most famous tourist sites

English Heritage disappointed after Eric Pickles gives go-ahead for controversial Liverpool skyscraper development

English Heritage expressed its disappointment today after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave the go-ahead to a controversial skyscraper development on the banks of the Mersey fuelling fears that Liverpool’s historic waterfront will now be stripped of its World Heritage Status.

Stretching the breadth of northern England, Hadrian’s Wall is a majestic reminder of the ambition and might of the Roman Empire’s conquest in Britain

So, what did the Romans do for us? New digs reveal truth about Hadrian's Wall

Stretching the breadth of northern England, Hadrian's Wall is a majestic reminder of the ambition and might of the Roman Empire's conquest in Britain. Now, new archaeological evidence has suggested, contrary to previous belief, that the Romans far from co-existing peacefully with the locals, ejected them by force in order to build the 73-mile divide.

Pompeii restorer held for corruption

A former restorer of the ancient city of Pompeii was arrested on corruption charges yesterday and five others are under investigation.

The Tour de France will start in Corsica

2013 Tour de France route unveiled, and mountainous route is not good news for defending champion Bradley Wiggins

While the sports world comes to terms with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Tour de France organisers unveiled a mountainous, prestigious route for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race on today.

Starship Trooper singer Sarah Brightman books ticket to International Space Station

Sarah Brightman, the singer who once lost her heart to a starship trooper, has booked a trip to the International Space Station.

Suicide blasts kill 33 in central Aleppo

Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in the main square of the northern city of Aleppo yesterday, killing at least 33 people, levelling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble.

Two firefighters have died battling a wildfire in the Spanish province of Alicante

Several arrests made in La Gomera wildfires investigation

A Spanish official says investigators have detained multiple people in connection with the devastating wildfires on the Canary Islands, but authorities have yet to determine what caused the blazes.

Two die fighting fires in Alicante as tourists are evacuated from La Gomera

Two firefighters have died battling a wildfire in the Spanish province of Alicante.

National Trust in Giant's Causeway creationism row

The National Trust has defended its decision to include references to creationist theory at a new state-of-the-art visitors' centre at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Militants 'destroy tombs in Timbuktu'

Despite international condemnation, the radical Islamic faction controlling the northern Malian outpost of Timbuktu continued destroying the city's ancient tombs today, laying waste to the city's five-hundred-year-old heritage.

Islamists 'attack Timbuktu heritage sites'

A resident of the northern Mali city of Timbuktu says Islamists who control the town are trying to destroy tombs classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

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