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US quits Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'

Unesco 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.

The state department said it was concerned about mounting financial arrears at Unesco and said the agency needed to be reformed. The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria's Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon.


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