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And then there were 890... World Heritage list expands

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  • 13 new additions to the World Heritage list taking total number to 890
  • Sites in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Kyrgyzstan made list for first time
  • Three sites placed on the danger list, risk losing their World Heritage status
  • Germany's Elbe Valley only second site to be completely removed from list
By Rose Hawkins
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Intrepid travelers have a few more destinations to add to their list of must-sees after the annual update of The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list.

During its 33rd session, the committee added 13 new sites to the list and made the rare move to delete one destination, taking the total number of "outstanding" areas to 890.

The Elbe valley in Dresden, Germany lost its place due to concerns about the construction of four-lane bridge. UNESCO had attempted to dissuade authorities from building the bridge by putting the valley on the "danger list" in 2006.


It's only the second site to ever lose its World Heritage status. Oman's Arabian oryx sanctuary was struck off in 2007 after it reduced the protected area by 90 percent.

Three new sites have been put on notice that they could lose their World Heritage status: The Belize Reef Reserve System in Belize, the Los Katios National Park in Columbia and The Historical Monuments of Mtskheta in Georgia.

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