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UNESCO lists Iraq’s Babylon as World Heritage Site

UNESCO adds the sprawling Mesopotamian city of Babylon to its World Heritage List, boosting Iraq's hopes of revived tourism nearly two years after jihadists ravaged other celebrated sites. Iraq had been trying since 1983 to have the site -- a massive 10-square-kilometre complex of which just 18% has been excavated thus far -- recognised by UNESCO.

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