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Kew Gardens: World's largest glasshouse reopens

Kew Gardens: World's largest glasshouse reopens

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLondon's Kew Gardens is to reopen its Temperate House - the world's largest Victorian glasshouse - after a five-year restoration. For the first time in its history, the Grade I-listed structure was "stripped back to bare metal" and modernised. More than 5,280 litres (1,160 gallons) of paint was used, enough to cover four football pitches, and 15,000 panes of glass replaced. The house will open to the public on Saturday, 5 May.The vast greenhouse is now home to a geographically arranged collection of 10,000 plants from of temperate climates around the world - areas sometimes described as "the Goldilocks zone" of the planet, where plants are safe from frost. These include some of the rarest and most threatened specimens, for which the botanic garde...
Israel reopens holy site after police killings

Israel reopens holy site after police killings

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Israel has reopened a holy mosque compound after it was closed on Friday when two policemen were shot dead.The site is known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and is an area of huge religious importance to both faiths.The compound was closed for the first time in decades after three Arab citizens of Israel fled to the site after killing two police officers.The gunmen fled to the holy site where they were shot dead by security forces.Image:Metal detectors were installed at an entrance to the compound The reopening was met with resistance from Muslims who refused to enter due to the installation of metal detectors outside.Sheikh Omar Kiswani, director of the Al-Aqsa mosque that sits within the compound, said: "We reject the changes imposed by the Israeli government - ...