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A pizza is prepared at a restaurant in downtown Naples. On Wednesday, the traditional art of pizza-making was given UNESCO cultural heritage status. Andrew Medichini/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Mission San Jose, one of five missions in San Antonio designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The cultural aid agency has designated more than 1,000 such sites around the world — including more than 20 in the U.S. — to celebrate their "outstanding universal value." Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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The steps of Florence's Basilica of Santa Croce are a popular gathering spot for tourists visiting the historic Italian city. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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UNESCO cited Belgians' affinity for a wide range of beer in its official recognition of the beer culture of Belgium as a treasure of human culture that should be protected. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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UNESCO Deems Belgium's Beer Culture A Treasure Of Humanity

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A cruise ship passes Venice's St. Mark's Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces 'Endangered' List

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Central Rome's Piazza Navona is seen reflected in a heart-shaped balloon in 2014. The arrival of a McDonald's near the piazza has horrified some Romans. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi looks on during an appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on Aug. 22, at the start of his trial on charges of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Mahdi pleaded guilty. Patrick Post/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A photo of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, Syria, released May 17, shows the site where Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch and ancient temples. SANA/AP hide caption

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Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community

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A German law from 1516 says beer should only include three ingredients: hops, barley and water. Now brewers are lobbying to have the law be recognized by UNESCO. Dan Love/Flickr hide caption

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Is A 500-Year-Old German Beer Law Heritage Worth Honoring?

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