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Islamic State plants mines in ancient city of Palmyra

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Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants have rigged the millennia-old city of Palmyra in central Syria with explosives, a monitor group reported on Sunday.

The IS militants have planted mines and explosive devices in the ancient part of Palmyra, where 2,000-year-old monuments and temples are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It was not immediately clear whether IS planted explosives to prevent the government troops from approaching, or to blow up the archaeological sites as they previously did in Iraq, according to the London-based group, which relies on a network of activists on ground.

Last month, the IS blasted the notorious military prison in Palmyra, just days after capturing that city in the eastern countryside of the central province of Homs.

Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, contains monumental ruins of a city that was one of the most important cultural centres in ancient times. (IANS)

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Four South Korean Temples Recommended for Unesco List

South Korea submitted an application last year for seven mountain temples to be listed, reports Yonhap News Agency

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Four South Korean Buddhist temples were recommended for addition to the Unesco World Heritage list, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said here.

South Korea submitted an application last year for seven mountain temples to be listed, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The state agency said on Friday that Unesco’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recommended only four.

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The final decision will be made at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Bahrain next month, with the listing most likely to be made.

The temples will join the list of other Unesco World Heritage sites in South Korea, such as the Changdeok Palace in central Seoul. (IANS)

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Australia to invest AU$500 in Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to some 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 varieties of molluscs, and contributes some AU$6.4 billion annually to the country's economy.

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Australia will invest AU$500 million ($379 million) to protect the Great Barrier Reef, a minister said on Sunday.
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Australia will invest AU$500 million ($379 million) to protect the Great Barrier Reef, a minister said on Sunday.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will receive an additional AU$10 million each year from 2022-23 to “continue and expand essential work” in the Unesco World Heritage area, Efe news quoted Josh Frydenberg, the Minister fo