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

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.

The Secret History Of: The AGA cooker

Beloved by the middle classes and owners of farmhouses, the AGA is a totemic symbol of country living. There is usually a wet dog lying in front of it, a pile of laundry steaming gently on it, and preferably the aroma of baking rising from within.

A traveller's guide to the World Cup (especially for England WAGs)

Rustenburg doesn't often figure in the itineraries of visitors to South Africa. Will the football change all that? Raymond Whitaker went to find out

Travel Challenge: An adventure in Peru

Every week, we invite companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a two-week journey around Peru, leaving in mid June. Prices are per person based on two sharing.

Leaking oil poses threat to Great Barrier Reef

Fears of environmental disaster after Chinese vessel that strayed outside shipping lane runs aground

Greenwich Park approved as Olympic venue

Plans to use Greenwich Park as an equestrian venue for the London 2012 Olympics were approved by local councillors at a planning meeting yesterday.

Hadrian's Wall in giant light show

On Saturday over 25,000 people visited Hadrian's Wall, packing every rolling hillside, car park and vantage spot to see in a huge illumination ceremony organised by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage.

Flooding closes Inca citadel

The last young backpackers have been airlifted away from Machu Picchu, leaving Peru to grapple with flood damage that will close its top tourist site for weeks, or even months.

Floods leave tourists stranded at Machu Picchu

Heavy rains and mudslides in Peru blocked the train route to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, keeping nearly 2,000 tourists stranded.

Asia's Las Vegas celebrates 10 high-rolling years

Macau celebrated 10 years of Chinese rule yesterday, a frantic decade that has seen the once sleepy Portuguese colony transformed into an Asian gambling hub that makes more money from the tables than Las Vegas.

Rubin's 'dictator' employs power of prayer to threaten Mourinho

The intense Russian coach could send <i>Internazionale</i> crashing out tonight, writes Jonathan Wilson

Skull of giant 'sea monster' discovered

The fossilised skull of a giant "sea monster" has been discovered off the UK's Jurassic Coast, a local council announced.

Botched facelift puts Bolivian pyramid at risk

Repair work may cause renowned site to be struck off World Heritage list

Minor British Institutions: St Kilda

Minor only in size and population, St Kilda, it has to be said, is a beautiful and rather poignant collection of islets in the Western Isles, or Eilean Siar, to give them their Gaelic name.

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