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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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Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

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Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice