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An antique handwritten Koran is displayed inside the museum in Harar, Ethiopia, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

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**FILE** Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker addresses reporters during a press conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Feb. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, is a general view of a destroyed pottery shop inside the Old City of Aleppo, Syria, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site that was gutted in October and which is now controlled by the Free Syrian Army. Syria’s top antiquities official is calling for U.N. intervention and cooperation from neighboring countries to halt the illicit trafficking of its artifacts as the 23-month civil war rages on.(AP Photo/Monica Prieto, File)

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** FILE ** In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, is a general view of a destroyed pottery shop inside the Old City of Aleppo, Syria, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site that was gutted in October and which is now controlled by the Free Syrian Army. Syria’s top antiquities official is calling for U.N. intervention and cooperation from neighboring countries to halt the illicit trafficking of its artifacts as the 23-month civil war rages on.(AP Photo/Monica Prieto, File)

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki (left) and Elias Sanbar, historian and ambassador for Palestine at UNESCO, face the media during a press conference at UNESCO's 36th General Conference in Paris on Oct. 31, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki (left) and Elias Sanbar, ambassador for Palestine at UNESCO, attend a session of UNESCO's 36th General Conference in Paris on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (center) first proposed to UNESCO in 2008 the awarding of a $3 million life-sciences prize, but objections to the central African strongman's involvement have prevented its adoption. (Associated Press)

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Its beauty has landed Hallstatt, Austria, on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and inspired a Chinese firm to build a lookalike version of the popular tourist destination in China.

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Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov reacts during the Unesco's early childhood care conference in Moscow on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, a day before the Kremlin fired him. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosny says a Jewish “conspiracy” is to blame for him losing his bid for the post of UNESCO secretary general, for which he was long considered a favorite. (Associated Press)