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Published: Wednesday 31 July 2013

>> Japan’s Mount Fuji has been granted the World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At 3,776 metres, “Fujisan” is the highest mountain in Japan and one of the country’s most recognisable sights. The UNESCO committee says Fuji’s iconic snow-capped peak “has inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries.” It classified the site as a cultural heritage site, rather than a natural heritage site, at its 37th annual session, held in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

>> A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven cyber activists to between five and 10 years in prison for inciting protests, mainly by using Facebook. According to Human Rights watch, an international non-profit, the men were arrested in September last year and their trial began in April in an anti-terrorism court. They were charged with posting online messages to encourage protests, although they were not accused of directly taking part in demonstrations.

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