US withdraws from UNESCO

The United States announced Thursday that it will withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, accusing the body of “anti-Israel bias.”State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington would establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency.The United States was angered in 2011 when UNESCO members granted Palestine full membership of the body, despite opposition from its ally Israel.Washington opposes any move by UN bodies to recognize the Palestinians as a state, believing that this must await a negotiated Middle East p