U.S., IS­RAEL TO EXIT UNESCO OVER AL­LEGED BIAS

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The United States an­nounced Thurs­day that it is pulling out of the U.N.’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 Is­rael plans to fol­low suit.

While the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had been pre­par­ing for a likely with­drawal from UNESCO, the tim­ing of the state­ment was un­ex­pected.

The U.S. stopped fund­ing UNESCO af­ter it voted to in­clude Pales­tine in 2011, but the State Depart­ment has main­tained a UNESCO of­fice.

MARIO TAMA, GETTY IM­AGES

Lorna Fraguada, who has no run­ning wa­ter or power in her home, washes clothes in the Espíritu Santo river.

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