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

European Times: Rome: Ancient wall blocks Vatican's Jubilee plans

WITH LESS than a month to go until the Pope knocks on a Holy Door in St Peter's that is opened only in Jubilee years, work on one of the Vatican's most ambitious projects of the new millennium is hanging in the balance.

Obituary: Charlotte Perriand

UNE VIE de Creation - "A Life of Creation" - is the title of the great designer Charlotte Perriand's autobiography published last year, a book as exuberant, full of the joys of living, as the author herself. She was one of humanity's outstanding energisers, a true creator of new forms, new materials, and a pioneer in the use of industrial materials to achieve graceful, forceful and very witty works to benefit our everyday existence with their sly charm and mischievous misappropriation of unexpected forms and fabrics in utterly appropriate ways.

POET'S CORNER

Unesco contender Ghazi Algosaibi has published 13 volumes of poetry in Arabic, some of which he has translated into English. Here is an example:

Saudi to champion press freedom and women's rights

AT FIRST glance, the proposition seems absurd. A Saudi diplomat and politician is a leading contender to become the next director-general of Unesco, the UN agency which promotes, among other things, women's equality, press freedom and democracy.

St Kilda at `high risk' from oilfields

ST KILDA, Britain's remotest island and most spectacular seabird site, is at "high risk" from the development of the new Atlantic frontier oilfield, the world's leading wildlife watchdog declared yesterday.

Letter: Literary island

Sir: Eric Dickens (letter, 29 June) is right to remind us, literary editors and readers alike, that our choice of literature reflects our widely acknowledged insularity.

Friday Law Report: Jurisdiction to hear planning appeals

11 June 1999 Regina v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and Regions, ex parte Bath and North East Somerset District Council

War in Europe: No words can describe the anguish

SHE SAT trembling and whimpering, wide-eyed, a hunted expression, with no words to explain her anguish and fear. Suzana Bucaj, 22, had spent five weeks fleeing Serbian forces. Terrified, she was first forced to leave her village and then, more cruelly, to return to her ruined home.

Liverpool waterfront is ranked with the Taj Mahal

LIVERPOOL'S WATERFRONT, the New Forest and parts of the Paddington to Bristol railway line are among 25 places in the UK nominated today for World Heritage Status.

India's latest plan to attract more tourists: closing the Taj Mahal

ON THE threshold of "Visit India Year", the Taj Mahal, the most popular monument in the country, and far and away the biggest magnet for foreign tourists, may be forced to close.

Glories of industry to get UN listing

AT FIRST glance, the landscape of the former tin mining areas of Cornwall, marked by engine houses, chapels and miners' institutes, sits uneasily with the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge.

Village blames Smith for world heritage site snub

The people of Saltaire, a model Victorian community, say the Culture Secretary has let them down, reports Mark Rowe

Cornish mines offered as wonder of the world

THE INDUSTRIAL landscape of Wales, Cornish tin mines and the Forth rail bridge in Scotland are being proposed as modern-day wonders of the world.
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album