Israel says it plans to pull out of the United Nations cultural and education agency, UNESCO, hours after the US announced its decision to do the same, accusing the body of “anti-Israel bias.”

 As details on the destruction of and damage to Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage emerge, the United Nations cultural agency has appealed to the international community to help protect and revive the country’s archaeological, religious and cultural sites for future generations.

One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday.

Iran welcomed the last week resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that recognized the holy shrine in the al-Aqsa Mosque bearing only a Palestinian and Muslim identity, saying the move is a step forward towards the restoration of the Palestinians' rights.

The spokesman regretted that the Muslim community has reduced its attention to the Palestinian issue.

The United Nations cultural and scientific agency adopted a resolution reaffirming the right of the Palestinians to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem (al-Quds).

UNESCO’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that Zionist says denies Jewish connections to holy sites in Beit-ul-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) including the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Iran has hailed a resolution by the UN heritage body, UNESCO, that denounces Israel’s illegal activities at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom denounced the recent terrorist attack that killed at least 70 people, including two journalists, in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province.


Iraqi marshlands once ravaged by Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein have been named by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.


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