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UNESCO chief says pullout by US won't hurt operations

Ahmed Mokhtar M'bow, a Senegalese who has headed UNESCO for the past 10 years , said Thursday that the US withdrawal from the agency would not harm its operations.

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The US confirmed Wednesday that it would withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on Dec. 31, and said the move should serve as a warning to other international organizations that mismanagement and anti-Western policies could jeopardize US support.

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