France's Audrey Azoulay wins vote to be next UNESCO chief

Oct 13, 2017

UNESCO's executive board has chosen former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay to be the U.N. cultural agency's next leader in an unusually heated race overshadowed by Mideast tensions

US, Israel to exit UNESCO over its alleged anti-Israel bias

Oct 13, 2017

The United States says it's leaving the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform" in the agency, and Israel said it would follow suit

The Latest: Ambassador says 'foolish actions' led to UN move

Oct 12, 2017

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the "extreme politicization" of UNESCO _ the U.N.'s cultural, education and scientific agency _ has become "a chronic embarrassment."

House GOP moves to revamp law on national monuments

Oct 11, 2017

House Republicans are moving to restrict the president's ability to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important

Egypt's Jewish community backs country's UNESCO candidate

Oct 9, 2017

Egypt's minuscule Jewish community issues statement backing country's UNESCO candidate

Rights groups urge UNESCO to reject Egypt's nominee

Oct 7, 2017

Egyptian rights groups have called on UNESCO to reject the candidacy of Egypt's nominee to head the agency, alleging that she is complicit in state attacks on freedoms

In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure

Oct 6, 2017

Ignoring protests, Hamas is leveling a rare Bronze Age archaeological site in Gaza to pave the way for a housing development

Germany to investigate provenance of 1,000 African skulls

Oct 5, 2017

A German cultural institution has started investigating the provenance of about 1,000 human skulls from the country's former African colonies that ended up in the collection of a Berlin hospital, officials said Thursday

Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament

Oct 5, 2017

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country's parliamentary democracy, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society

Black students rally at Cornell amid student beating probe

Sep 20, 2017

A black students organization at Cornell University is demanding coursework on "privilege and power" and conversion of a frat house into a cultural center following an alleged attack of a black student by a white student

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