Sunday, 17 December, 2017

U.S. withdraws from UNESCO over "anti-Israel bias"

VN exits race for UNESCO chief position US withdraws from UNESCO
Hilda Schwartz | 13 October, 2017, 00:41

The US is pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation Unesco, accusing it of "anti-Israel" bias.

In a statement, the State Department said the decision will take effect December 31, 2018, and that the USA will seek a "permanent observer" status instead.

Irina Bokova, outgoing UNESCO director general, reacted to the development with "profound regret", calling "universality" key to its mission.

UNESCO, which is best known for producing the list of World Heritage sites that includes the Grand Canyon and other U.S. attractions, has been the scene of diplomatic flare-ups in recent years after Arab countries succeeded in passing a number of resolutions critical of Israel.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO", the Department of State's press release said.

The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member state in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes.

The agency is in the process of choosing a new leader, with Qatari and French former ministers Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari and Audrey Azoulay neck-and-neck in the contest to replace Ms Bokova. "We deeply regret that the United States made a decision to leave UNESCO", the communique said.

The ability to disturb Pixel 2 during driving
Considering Google's new direction, we are expecting to see more exclusive services and features for the Google hardware. However, it has been confirmed now as it is written clearly in the footnotes of the Pixel 2 listing on Google store.

In a statement, Bokova said that "despite the withholding of funding, since 2011, we have deepened the partnership between the United States and UNESCO, which has never been so meaningful". Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley has repeatedly denounced these actions, and said the US was "evaluating" whether or not it should continue as a member of the organization.

Other members of the council said his withdrawal would help to pool votes for the remaining candidates, which would mean fewer chances for more tied results as witnessed in the previous two rounds.

In October, Israel suspended its co-operation over a draft resolution referring to the Old City of Jerusalem as part of "the cultural heritage of Palestine".

The United Nation's education, cultural and scientific agency has passed several resolutions against Israel.

In the statement, Netanyahu hailed the U.S. move as a "courageous and moral decision".

She also mentioned a long history of joint endeavours, including working together with the late Samuel Pisar, Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education, to promote education for remembrance of the Holocaust across the world to fight antisemitism and genocide on Thursday; cooperating with major US companies Microsoft, Cisco, Procter & Gamble and Intel to keep girls in school and nurture technologies for quality learning; and working with the US Geological Survey, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US professional societies to advance research for the sustainable management of water resources, agriculture.

Recommended

Iran FM briefs parliament on Trump's threat to nuclear deal Iran FM briefs parliament on Trump's threat to nuclear deal In exchange, the U.S., China France, the United Kingdom and Germany would relax economic sanctions each country imposed on Iran. He held USA government national security positions for 25 years with the CIA, DIA, and the House Intelligence Committee staff.

Toddler left in Utah corn maze Toddler left in Utah corn maze Police and DCFS will work together with the family to see if it was an oversight, an accident, or if charges are warranted. His mother called the police on Tuesday around 8 a.m. and then came to the police station to pick up the boy.

Rocky's Back: Sylvester Stallone Is Directing 'Creed 2' Rocky's Back: Sylvester Stallone Is Directing 'Creed 2' Jordan's Adonis Creed (son of Apollo) and a new, more socially conscious outlook on what it means to be a modern underdog. No director or release date has been confirmed for the long awaited " Creed 2 ", but more news to follow.

International Monetary Fund cuts United Kingdom growth forecast International Monetary Fund  cuts United Kingdom  growth forecast The report says the global economy is experiencing a "welcome cyclical upturn after disappointing growth over the past few years". Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy said last month he expected inflation to drop below 15 percent by that time frame.

Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor in NLCS Dodgers complete sweep of Diamondbacks, await Cubs-Nationals victor  in NLCS Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig , hitting in the No. 8 spot, had another productive performance with three hits and two RBIs. But our baseball staff at The Comeback originally meant to post some bold predictions before the MLB postseason began.

With the Motion, Blackberry is playing the card of any touch With the Motion, Blackberry is playing the card of any touch Specifications wise, the Blackberry Motion comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The highlight of the Blackberry Motion is the 4000mAh battery inside, which is rated to deliver 32 hours of mixed usage.

Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail Initially, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly denied the platform had any role in spreading false information. Both Twitter Inc and Facebook have said that Russian Federation bought ads and had accounts on their platforms.

Sri Lanka in control after Karunaratne 196 Sri Lanka in control after Karunaratne 196 That said, it will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka face any difficulties in adapting to the nuances of a day-night Test. The last two matches of the five-match series will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah on 20 and 23October.

India in seventh heaven as Australia crumble in Ranchi India in seventh heaven as Australia crumble in Ranchi Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli , the playing XI squad showcased excellent performances in all matches, except the fourth ODI. The Australia skipper had an MRI scan on Friday to assess the injury with soreness hampering him in the lead-up to the series .

Kane to captain England against Slovenia Kane to captain England against Slovenia They don't have Champions League-winning medals throughout this group, they don't have Premier League-winning medals. Slovenia coach Srecko Katanec revealed he will step down after his side's final game at home to Scotland .

Saudi Arabia invests $1bn Saudi Arabia invests $1bn Saudi Arabia wants to establish an global center to fight terrorism under the aegis of the United Nations, Salman said. Saudi Arabia does most of its trading with the United States but may be looking to diversify that.

Vancouver makes shortlist in 2026 World Cup bid Vancouver makes shortlist in 2026 World Cup bid Under the proposed plan, the US would host 60 of the 80 World Cup matches, with Canada and Mexico each hosting 10. Morocco are the only other contender for the 2026 tournament, having announced their candidacy in June.

Users can get lots more views with new Facebook tie — Instagram Stories Users can get lots more views with new Facebook tie — Instagram Stories After it started gaining widespread popularity in the beginning of 2017, they released the Stories feature onto Facebook too. Now users are not able to post Facebook Stories to Instagram but this could potentially be built in the future.

Viral Pic: Radhe Maa Gets VVIP Treatment in Police Station Viral Pic: Radhe Maa Gets VVIP Treatment in Police Station Further action will be taken after the final findings, said the officer, adding, "The message is loud and clear". Sharma is also seen wearing her "chunari" as mark of his gratitude towards the self-style god woman.

Suspect in Canada terror attack is Somali refugee, police say Suspect in Canada terror attack is Somali refugee, police say Police officer attacked with auto and knife while pedestrians targeted in high-speed chase in western city of Edmonton. Canadians' resolve has been tested this weekend, but I know, as always, we will come through united".