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Deadly fire in Chile forces 10,000 to evacuate

Miguel Sanchez At least 16 people are confirmed dead and more than 10,000 have been evacuated after a huge fire tore through Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso.

Deadly Chile fire rages for third day

VALPARAISO, Chile, April 14 AFP - Firefighters backed by police and soldiers have battled for a third day a massive blaze that killed 12 people and ravaged a huge swath of Chile's historic port city...

500 homes destroyed by fire in Chile

The horizon was ablaze in Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday.

An uncontrollable wildfire in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso destroyed 500 homes and forced the evacuation of 3000 people.

Poachers attack redwood trees in California

Patricia Leigh Brown It was an unlikely crime scene: a steep trail used by bears leading to a still, ancient redwood grove.

Total rebuild

GOOD WEEKEND. Christchurch, 3 years on

Peter Robb Almost completely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake, central Christchurch is - very slowly - emerging anew.

Authorities divided on future of ancient Buddhas

Rod Nordland Thirteen years after the Bamiyan Buddhas were blasted into rubble, Afghanistan and UNESCO are at odds over whether or not to rebuild them.

Thieves steal part of fresco in Pompeii

Pompeii robbed.

Ella Ide Thieves have stolen part of an ancient fresco from Pompeii, breaking in to a closed area of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark and chipping off a portrait of a Greek deity.

Heavy rains cause damage in Pompeii

Two structures have collapsed following heavy rain in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, one the world's most renowned archeological parks.

Egypt bombing could end country's already fragile tourism industry

Deadly bus bombing in Taba.

Ruth Pollard errorism has returned to the wild and beautiful Sinai Peninsula, and the region that not long ago was one of Egypt’s most-visited destinations is facing a catastrophic collapse of its already...

Picasso grandson raffles $1m drawing to preserve ancient city

Olivier Widmaier Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso, with the work for auction.

The 4700-year-old city of Tyre, assaulted by Egyptians and Babylonians, by Alexander the Great and the Crusaders, has found a defender with a famous lineage.

Bethlehem tries to lure more Christians back to Christ's birthplace

A Palestinian child dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag while standing in front of Israeli Border Police during a demonstration against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Masara, near Bethlehem.

There's been something missing in the birthplace of Christianity: Christians.

History in line of fire

Fire burns after shelling at the Grand Umayyad mosque in Aleppo October 13, 2012. Picture taken October 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Shaam News Network/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR395BX DATE IMPORTED:October 14, 2012Fire burns after shelling at the Grand Umayyad mosque in Aleppo October 13, 2012. Picture taken October 13, 2012. REUTERS/ Shaam News Network/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Many of Syria's great cultural monuments are at risk of destruction, Patrick Cockburn writes.

Another hill to climb for mountain gorillas

Gorillas

Anthony Ham The famous gorillas of Virunga National Park have survived war, poachers and deforestation. Will oil exploration be the final straw?

Ancient minaret falls victim to Syria's bitter war

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The minaret of Aleppo's ancient Umayyad mosque has been destroyed, Syrian state media and a watchdog have reported, with the regime and the opposition blaming each other.

China's pollution blamed for Japan's dying trees

Osamu Nagafuchi

Martin Fackler The threat to forests of airborne pollutants crossing the East China sea is starting to be taken seriously in Yakushima.

India's tribal people fast becoming lost for words

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Ben Doherty Only around 600 different languages are expected to survive until the end of the century.

Holy site a source of geopolitical tension

Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic clergymen clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Harriet Sherwood The Church of the Nativity is at the eye of a political storm. Harriet Sherwood reports from Bethlehem.

Timbuktu's tombs destroyed by militants

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Islamist militants, swinging pick-axes and shouting God's praise, have destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu, sparking international condemnation.

Timbuktu's tombs ruined by militants

Islamist militants destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali's fabled city, sparking international condemnation.

Bamako UNESCO watches in horror as Mali Islamic fundamentalists ravage fabled Timbuktu shrines it had listed as endangered sites just days before.

Russian gas giant gets go-ahead for Europe's tallest tower

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Natural gas giant Gazprom's long-delayed and controversial ambitions of building Europe's tallest skyscraper in Russia's heritage-proud cultural capital of Saint Petersburg have been revived.