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Oct 13, 2017

Crikey Worm: US splits with UNESCO, claiming ‘anti-Israel bias’

Good morning, early birds. The US has announced it's leaving the UN's heritage agency, and Australians' private health insurance system is getting a facelift. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist

US ABANDONS UNESCO

The United States will withdraw from the UN's heritage agency UNESCO, citing the organisation's "anti-Israeli bias" and troubled financial position. In a statement, the US State Department said the decision had not been taken lightly and that the US would stay on as a non-member observer state.

The news was shortly followed by an announcement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his state would also be splitting from the agency.

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