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

The battle for the 'Mercedes' millions

Could the WikiLeaks cables decide the fate of a $500m treasure discovered off the coast of Spain? Dale Fuchs reports

Cambodian temple is damaged by Thai army

Part of an 11th-century temple was damaged by the Thai army yesterday as it exchanged artillery and mortar fire with Cambodian troops across the disputed border between the two countries, shattering a shaky ceasefire.

Threat to Liverpool's World Heritage Site

English Heritage has warned that the Shanghai-style redevelopment of Liverpool's historic waterfront could harm the city's World Heritage Site.

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Two more walls give way at Pompeii

Two more walls have given way inside Pompeii's 2,000-year-old archaeological site, Italian officials said today — the second collapse at the popular tourist attraction in as many days.

French dinner table – now a UN heritage site

The ritual of the long and detailed French meal was yesterday declared part of the world's official, cultural heritage. A committee of the UN cultural organisation, Unesco, decided that the French mealtime tradition, and the place of food in French history and society, should be included in its list of the "intangible" jewels of mankind.

Thomas Sutcliffe: Like salmon, some things are better wild

Social Studies: The British Government would be wise to resist the temptation to get our intangibles on the list

Berlusconi ally faces no-confidence vote

Opposition party MPs are pressing for a no-confidence vote against one of Silvio Berlusconi's most loyal ministers, in another blow to the already wounded Prime Minister.

Plague of rats a threat to islands' heritage status

UN tells Britain that rodents put endangered birds at risk on remote island outposts

Michael McCarthy: Inspectors wanted islands kept on the list. So what happened?

In matters of conservation, politicians overruling scientific advice is always a very dodgy business

Fears for unique wildlife of Galapagos as UN drops islands' protected status

Scientists condemn 'premature' removal of world heritage listing

Defeated in the courts, protesters leave without a fight

They battled hard in the courts, but in the end the inhabitants of the Democracy Village put up little resistance when the bailiffs finally moved in.

Parliament Square sealed off after protesters evicted

London's Parliament Square Gardens was sealed off today after anti-war protesters were forcibly evicted by bailiffs.

World Heritage sites: The battle is on for global recognition

Offa's Dyke, the Forth Rail Bridge and the Jodrell Bank Observatory are among nearly 40 places which will compete to become World Heritage sites.

38 British sites compete for world heritage status

Areas from Lincoln to the Lake District and sites of beauty and historical interest are among nearly 40 places which will compete to become World Heritage sites, it was announced today.

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