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US pulls out of UN cultural body, citing ‘anti-Israel bias’

WASHINGTON: The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the UN's culture and education body, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias" in a move criticised by the head of the Paris-based organisation. Following years of tension at UNESCO, which is in the process of electing a new director-general, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced that Washington planned to withdraw. "This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental…