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New UNESCO chief brushes off US pullout

Paris - UNESCO's new chief on Monday brushed aside the United States' decision to walk out of the UN cultural body, saying the organisation had survived long periods without Washington before.

UNESCO's new head vows to restore 'unity' to troubled agency

Paris - UNESCO's new director general, French former culture minister Audrey Azoulay, says her top priority will be to calm the waters for a body riven by dissensions and under fire for dragging its feet on much needed reforms.

French ex-culture minister confirmed as new UNESCO head

Paris - UNESCO member states on Friday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of France's former culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head the embattled cultural agency.

Gulf standoff looms over UNESCO leadership vote

Paris - Candidates from Qatar and France duelled Friday to become the new head of the UN's embattled cultural agency where Gulf tensions and accusations of anti-Israel bias loomed over the politically charged contest.

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.

UN chief will work with US despite UNESCO pullout

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will continue to work with the Trump administration despite differences, a spokesman said Thursday after Washington announced it was pulling out of UNESCO.

France, Qatar neck-and-neck for UNESCO chief

Paris - France and Qatar were running neck-and-neck in the race to lead the UN's troubled cultural body after a third round of voting Wednesday whittled the field down to five.

Qatari diplomat leads race for UNESCO chief

Paris - After two rounds of voting to pick the next head of the UN's troubled cultural body, Qatari diplomat Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari has emerged as the leading contender.

Troubled UNESCO begins picking new leader

Paris - The board of the UN's cultural body on Wednesday began vetting eight candidates vying to head an organisation accused of bias in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and foot-dragging on reforms.

Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth

- It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.Now the ancient temple city of Sambor Prei Kuk in Cambodia is finally ready for a renaissance -- and is teasing tourists to its forest-cocooned ruins.

Eritrea's 'city of dreams' given UNESCO heritage listing

Varsovia - The people of Eritrea have long said their capital Asmara is like no other city in Africa, and on Saturday the UN agreed, designating it a World Heritage site.

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Varsovia - UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron a Palestinian world heritage site in danger, sparking outrage from Israel which said the decision denied a Jewish claim to an ancient burial cave that is also sacred to Muslims.

Palestinians hail UNESCO Hebron vote slammed by Israel

Ramallah - The Palestinians hailed a UNESCO decision Friday to label the heart of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron a protected heritage site, but Israel called it a "moral blot".

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Varsovia - UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel in a new spat at the international body.

UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list

Varsovia - UNESCO said Thursday its World Heritage Committee (WHC) had decided not to place Australia's Great Barrier Reef on its list of sites "in danger" despite concern over coral bleaching.

UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest

Krak - UNESCO on Wednesday "strongly" urged Poland to stop logging the older parts of the ancient Bialowieza forest, a world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest

Krak - Several hundred environmental activists and forest rangers on Tuesday held rival protests in southern Poland over large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.

Brazilian port where slaves arrived close to UNESCO status

Rio De Janeiro - The worn paving stones discovered under a thick layer of modern concrete in Rio de Janeiro don't look like much at first. But it was here that some million slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil.

Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle

Djerba - Tunisia plans to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for the island of Djerba, site of Africa's oldest synagogue and an annual Jewish pilgrimage, its culture minister said on Sunday.

UNESCO ratifies Jerusalem resolution slammed by Israel

Paris - The executive board of the UN's cultural agency ratified 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.

Migrant rescuers, island mayor win UNESCO peace prize

Rome - UNESCO awarded its prestigious peace prize on Wednesday to migrant rescue association SOS Mediterranee and the mayor of Lampedusa, the tiny Italian island on the frontline of the refugee crisis.

UNESCO raises $75.5 mn to protect heritage from war, terror

Paris - Seven countries and an American donor on Monday pledged $75.5 million (70 million euros) to a UNESCO-backed fund aimed at protecting the world's cultural heritage against war and terrorism.

Rio 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.

UN adds yoga's Indian philosophy to heritage list

Addis Ababa - The ancient Indian philosophy behind yoga, the mind-body discipline now practised the world over, on Thursday joined UNESCO's list of "intangible" world heritage.

Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

Paris - One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday.During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general's report said.

Israel apologises for deputy minister's quake comments

Jerusalem - Israel apologised on Saturday after a deputy minister said an earthquake in Italy was punishment for a UNESCO resolution on east Jerusalem that has angered the Jewish state.

Japan pulls UNESCO funding over Nanjing row

Toukyo - Japan is holding back more than $40 million in UNESCO funding, foreign minister Fumio Kishida said Friday, following a protest against listing documents related to the Nanjing massacre.

Israel slams UNESCO over 'Occupied Jerusalem'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted UNESCO for holding a vote Thursday on "Occupied Palestine" saying the Paris-based UN cultural body has lost its legitimacy.

UNESCO risks fresh Israel anger with Jerusalem resolutions

Paris - UNESCO's decision-making body will next week consider two new resolutions on "Occupied Palestine", six months after a similar text angered Israel.

UNESCO lists Le Corbusier's works among World Heritage Sites

Paris - UNESCO on Sunday listed Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier's works -- including the Indian city of Chandigarh which he planned in the 1950s-- among its World Heritage Sites.
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