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French former culture minister becomes new UNESCO head


French former culture minister becomes new UNESCO head

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

They confirmed the nomination by the agency's board last month of Azoulay, 45, who becomes UNESCO's second woman director general.

"The unity you have shown in this vote is a good omen for the coming period, in which we need to stand shoulder to shoulder," Azoulay told the members after garnering 131 votes with only 19 opposed.

UNESCOAudrey AzoulayFrance's former culture minister 

France regrets US decision to withdraw from UNESCO


France regrets US decision to withdraw from UNESCO

French authorities on Thursday said they regretted a decision announced earlier by the United States that it was withdrawing from UNESCO amid American accusations that the UN body was anti-Israeli.

"We regret the American decision to withdraw from UNESCO during a period when the support of the international community for this organisation is primordial," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said in a statement.

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U.S. to withdraw from UN's cultural agency UNESCO in December


U.S. to withdraw from UN's cultural agency UNESCO in December

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” the department said, adding that the United States would seek to “remain engaged ...as a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives and expertise.”

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MK Stalin flags UNESCO report, raps government for spoiling temple architecture


DMK Working President MK Stalin

Referring to a 300-page interim UNESCO report tabled in the Madras High Court in a related case filed by historians, Stalin, in a statement said that the state government, which should support the DMK and others in protecting Keezhadi archeological site, instead, was destroying Tamil culture by destroying ancient temples under its control.

MK Stalin flags UNESCO reportraps government for spoiling temple architectureUNESCOMadras High CourtMadurai Meenakshi AmmanSrirangam RanganatharTiruvannamalai ArunachaleswararKancheepuram Kamatchi AmmanKumbakonam templesRaja Raja CholaRaja Raja Cholan’s Thanjavur big templeThe Leader of Opposition

‘Declaration of war:’ Hajj controversy widens row between Saudi & Qatar


Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The feud between the Saudi-led block and Qatar escalated over the weekend, with Doha protesting to the UN over restrictions on its citizens flying to Mecca, and Riyadh threatening "war" over what it considers calls to “internationalize the holy sites” in Mecca and Medina.

Saudi-led block and QatarMeccaRiyadhAnti-Terror Quartet (ATQ)ATQQatarSaudi foreign minister Adel al-JubeirQatar’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)NHRCUNESCOKing Abdul Aziz International Airport in JeddahPrince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport‘Declaration of war:’ Hajj controversy widens row between Saudi & Qatar

The Assam Floods: Highlands Drowning But A Half-Kept Promise Is All Kaziranga Animals Have


Kaziranga National Park

A handful of one horn rhinos, deer and wild buffalos struggle for space on a narrow patch of highland. This is a common sight during floods at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, where over 80 per cent of the land is currently under water. Last year, the state government had promised to build highlands inside the park for better animal refuge, but, the promise was half-kept. 

On Thursday, 17 hog deer were rescued from the park. 

Assam FloodsKaziranga National Park in AssamRamen KalitaGandamari forest campforest guard Ramen KalitaUNESCOKaziranga is a UNESCO World heritage site

No One Lives On This Remote Pacific Island - But It's Covered In 38 Million Pieces Of Our Trash


Pollution

In an "alarming" discovery, scientists say once-pristine Henderson Island is now littered with plastic debris.

Henderson Island, an uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific, is so isolated that it's one of the few places in the world "whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence."

That is, at least, according to its description by a United Nations group, which named Henderson Island a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.

No One Lives On This Remote Pacific Island - But It's Covered In 38 Million Pieces Of Our TrashUNESCOWorld HeritageNational Academy of SciencesAssociated Press.University of TasmaniaHenderson Island

Bharathiar remembered on World Book Day


Bharathiar remembered on World Book Day

On World Book Day on Sunday, a grand event was organised by the Bharathiar Memorial Trust at Ettayapuram in Thoothukudi district. School students were taken to Bharathiar’s house and also to the memorial where they were given a chance to access the books written by the legendary freedom fighter and poet.

They garlanded the statue of Bharathiar and took a pledge to buy books regularly and never stop reading in their life. They also promised that they would take the habit to their friends and family members.

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Gunmen Kill Policeman In Attack Near Egypt Monastery


ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack

Gunmen attacked security forces near St. Catherine's Monastery in Egypt's south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, the Health Ministry said, just a week after two deadly church bombings killed 45.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint several hundred metres (yards) from the entrance to the monastery, one of the world's most important Christian sites.

Gunmen attacked security forces near St. Catherine's MonasteryUNESCOISISGunmen Kill Policeman In Attack Near Egypt MonasteryPresident Mohamed Mursi

UNESCO Adopts Controversial Jerusalem Resolution


The UN cultural agency on Tuesday adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution condemning Israel's actions at a flashpoint holy site in east Jerusalem that has sparked fury in the Jewish state.

The UNESCO resolution on "occupied Palestine" was drafted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan. It was endorsed Tuesday by the executive board after being approved at the committee stage last week.

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