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

The dark side of Angkor's night visits

Plans to boost tourism by opening temple at night alarm conservationists

Cornish language declared extinct by UN

Just 300 speakers of dialect survive – and Welsh could be the next one to die out

Leading article: Tongue in cheek

Unesco’s language team has put its foot in its mouth by branding the Cornish language “extinct”. That has come as something of a surprise to the 300-odd Cornish people who can still speak it. They have unwittingly joined those classical scholars who insist on parlaying with each other in a “dead” language. Cornish speakers shouldn’t be upset though. Nothing makes linguistic experts so excited as the chance to say that a language is disappearing, or, better still, has been submerged beneath the tides of history for ever.

Will Unesco pour cold water on Bath's riverside project?

A new development may threaten the city's World Heritage status, says Ian White

24-Hour Room Service: The Majestic Malacca, Melaka, Malaysia

As the centre of the 15th-century sultanate founded by Parameswara, a Sumatran prince, the city of Melaka is considered to be a wellspring of Malay culture and customs. Malacca (to use the old British spelling) was awarded Unesco World Heritage status earlier this year – a point that the Malaysian hotel chain YTL has made the most of in the latest addition to its upmarket group.

Gas plant to overshadow Greek temples

Italy gives go-ahead to storage depot less than a mile from World Heritage Site

Development puts Bath's UN heritage status at risk

Unesco team visits today as Preservation Trust expresses fears over project

Benidorm: one of the cultural wonders of the world?

There is a corner of the Costa Blanca that is forever England – and believe it or not, it may one day be preserved as a World Heritage Site

Cambodia says two killed in clash at Thai border

Two Cambodian soldiers were killed today in a border gun battle with Thai troops, Cambodia's foreign minister announced, increasing the risk that long-standing tensions over territorial claims could escalate into outright war.

Thai and Cambodian troops exchange fire

A gunfight broke out Wednesday between Thai and Cambodian troops in disputed border territory, escalating a conflict that officials from both sides fear could result in a war between the neighbors.

Glasgow's music scene recognised with rare honour from Unesco

It is nearly two decades since Glasgow was crowned European City of Culture. The rest of the world may have sneered but Clydeside was about to give other urban centres around the globe a master class in how the arts could help ease the choppy passage into the post industrial age.

Don't mention the war. It's time to build on the peace

Starting a monthly series of reports from around the globe, the writer and broadcaster Sankha Guha visits the Balkans to assess whether a new UN plan to promote Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro is likely to succeed

'Six months to save Lascaux'

Unesco, the world cultural body, has threatened to humiliate France by placing the Lascaux caves – known as the "Sistine Chapel of prehistory" – on its list of endangered sites of universal importance.

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