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Former French culture minister picked to head UNESCO

PARIS: French former culture minister Audrey Azoulay was named to head the UN's embattled cultural agency on Friday, beating her Qatari rival after a politically charged contest clouded by Gulf tensions and accusations of anti-Israel bias. Azoulay, 45, came from behind to defeat Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, also a former culture minister, after he failed to pick up support from other Gulf states which are part of a Saudi-led coalition blockading Qatar. The vote was 30 to 28. The campaign to succeed UNESCO's outgoing…

Website on Mohenjo Daro to be launched next month

KARACHI: Mohen jo Daro will become the country’s first archaeological site to have its own website, Sindh Culture Minister Syed Sardar Shah said. While presiding over a meeting of the executive board of the National Fund for Moenjodaro (NFM) at his office, the minister said the website was in its final stages and would be launched in February on the eve of an international conference on Moenjodaro and the Indus Valley Civilisation. He underlined that a research and resource institute was also being formed and its…