- - Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Palestinians aim to join 16 other U.N. agencies

GENEVA — It’s not just UNESCO: The Palestinians’ top envoy in Geneva said Tuesday he thinks joining the U.N. agency for culture, education and science will “open the door” to joining 16 other U.N. agencies within weeks.

Ibrahim Khraishi, the top Palestinian envoy at the U.N. in Geneva, told the Associated Press that Palestinian diplomats are planning to capitalize on Monday’s landslide vote to allow the Palestinians into UNESCO by preparing papers to join the other U.N. agencies and a variety of other international organizations.

“Now we are studying when we are going to move for full membership on the other U.N. agencies,” Mr. Khraishi said. “It’s our target for [us to join] the international organizations and the U.N. agencies.”

The Obama administration cut off funding to UNESCO after Monday’s vote, and U.S. officials warned of a “cascade” effect at other U.N. bodies that might follow UNESCO’s lead.


100 Tibetan protesters detained in Nepal

KATMANDU — Nepalese police on Tuesday detained more than 100 Tibetan exiles who had gathered to pray for nine Tibetans who had set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule.

About 400 Tibetans, including 150 monks, held a prayer meeting on the outskirts of Katmandu in honor of the monks, former monks and a nun who have immolated themselves since March in a restive Tibetan area of western China that is under martial-law-type police controls.

At least five died of their injuries, and the condition of the others is not known.

Nepalese police in riot gear entered the prayer meeting at the Tibetan Refugee Center and pulled down a banner of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

This angered the Tibetans at the meeting, who poured into the streets to protest. They chanted anti-China slogans calling for a free Tibet and for China to “leave our home.”

More than 100 protesters were taken in trucks to detention centers, according to a police officer at the scene who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The monks were not among those detained.

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