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    Race to save Afghanistan's Buddhist treasures

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    Archaeologists just south of Kabul are racing to preserve one of the richest Buddhist historical sites ever found. The ancient monasteries and statues in Mes Aynak are under threat from a Chinese company which plans to develop the area in order to tap into the world's second largest copper deposit. Many fear the $3bn mining contract, Afghanistan's biggest commercial deal, will lead to the destruction of thousands-of-years old heritage sites. Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse reports from Mes Aynak.