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US drops unarmed bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Two U.S. fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists.Full story

One of Earth's Most Active Volcanoes Named World Heritage Site

Sicily's Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the committee that makes the selections announced today (June 21) from their annual meeting, taking place this year in Cambodia. Full story

Australia vows to treasure Great Barrier Reef 

  Australia promises to protect the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site as controversy surrounds a possible downgrade to "in danger" status by UNESCO. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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A Greenpeace activist boards a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef
A Greenpeace activist boards a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef

A Greenpeace activist boards a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef in this handout picture from environmental group Greenpeace April 24, 2013. The group were protesting against the expansion of the rich Australian coal industry and its impact on the World Heritage sit

Six Greenpeace activists board a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef in this handout picture from environmental group Greenpeace
Six Greenpeace activists board a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef in this handout picture from environmental group Greenpeace

Six Greenpeace activists board a coal ship bound for South Korea near Australia's Great Barrier Reef in this handout picture from environmental group Greenpeace April 24, 2013. The group were protesting against the expansion of the rich Australian coal industry and its impact on the World Heritage s

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Scenes Of The Cairns Region

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: An aerial view of Vlassof Cay in the Great Barrier Reef is seen on November 13, 2012 in Cairns, Australia. Located in Far North Queensland, the Cairns region is one of Australia’s most popular travel destinations with a tropical climate and close proximity to both