US pulls out of UN cultural body, citing 'anti-Israel' bias
Thursday October 12 2017
US President Donald Trump. The country has quit Unesco. PHOTO | AFP
The United States — one of the body's founding members — has withdrawn once before under president Ronald Reagan, who quit in 1984 over alleged financial mismanagement and anti-US bias in some of its policies.
President George W. Bush announced America's return in 2002, but relations soured again in 2011 when Washington pulled the plug on funding to the body after its members voted to admit Palestine as a full member.