US, IS­RAEL TO EXIT UNESCO OVER ITS AL­LEGED ANTI-IS­RAEL BIAS

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The United States an­nounced on Thurs­day it is pulling out of the UN’s ed­u­ca­tional, sci­en­tific and cul­tural agency be­cause of what Wash­ing­ton sees as its anti-Is­rael bias and a need for “fun­da­men­tal re­form” in the agency. Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said that Is­rael plans to fol­low suit. While the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had been pre­par­ing for a likely with­drawal from Unesco for months, the tim­ing of the State De­part­ment’s state­ment was un­ex­pected. The Paris-based agency’s ex­ec­u­tive board is in the midst of choos­ing a new chief.

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