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Israel confirms withdrawal from UN cultural body

PARIS: Israel has formally notified the UN's culture and education body of its withdrawal from the organisation, two months after it announced it would follow the US by walking out over resolutions critical of the Jewish state. In a…

UNESCO ratifies Jerusalem resolution slammed by Israel

PARIS: The executive board of the UN's cultural agency ratified on Friday a resolution that identifies Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to rescind any move changing the city's "character and status." The…

Rio de Janeiro gets UNESCO world heritage status

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro, nicknamed the Marvelous City, officially entered the UN's list of world heritage sites Tuesday in recognition of its soaring granite cliffs, urban rainforest and beaches. The UN cultural body, UNESCO,…