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LONDON (AP) - Britain announ-
-ced yesterday it was joining the
United States in withdrawing from
UNESCO, an agency it helped found 40
years ago, because of bad
managment, overspending, and
politicization of programs.
The United States and Britain had
long charged that the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization had become a forum for
2 Soviet and radical Third World
Organization had become a forum for
Soviet and radical Third Wolrd
$ initiatives against a free press, in-
i dividual human rights, and Western
epositions on arms control.
THE SOVIET Union reacted swiftly
to the announcement, with its official
news agancy, Tass, saying the United
States had pressured Britain into
"The step by (Prime Minister)
Margaret Thatcher's government
graphically attests yet one more time
to the fact that official London
obediently follows in Washington's
wake and subordinates its policy to
the senior partner's course," Tass
Many Third World nations in
UNESCO have pushed for a "new
world information and com-
munications order," which some
Western governments claimed would
enable governments to muzzle the
press and stifle free speech.
THE UNITED States pulled out of
UNESCO at the end of 1984.
Singapore has announced it will with-
draw by the end of 1985, which with
Britain's departure would leave
UNESCO with 158 member nations.
Timothy Raison, minister for over-
seas development, announced the
long-expected British decision in the
House of Commons to the approval of
But George Foulkes, speaking for
the opposition Labor Party, said
Britain's withdrawal from UNESCO
was "another pathetic capitulation to
Foulkes said Raison's announ-
cement was a kick in the teeth for1
Third World and another step on1
road to Britain's isolation in1
Raison said, "We have never been
subject to pressure to leave UNESCO
by the U.S. government." He said
Britain would still have an observer
mission at UNESCO after it formally
leaves Dec. 31.
In Paris, UNESCO Director-
General Amadou Mahtar M'Bow ex-
pressed regret at Britain's decision.
He said the organization would con-
tinue to cooperate with Britons who
share its ideals and principles and
believe Britain belongs in UNESCO.
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Guidelines urge women with
AIDS to postpone pregnancy
WASHINGTON - The government yesterday urged women found to
have evidence of AIDS infection to postpone pregnancy and those who
have given birth to bottle - rather than breast - feed to prevent the
spread of the disease to their infants.
However, the guidelines, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control, specifically avoided mentioning whether pregnant women who
test positive for AIDS antibodies should consider abortion.
As of Dec. 1, 217 of the 15,172 AIDS cases reported to the CDC occurred
in children under 13. Of those, 165 or 76 percent had as their only risk fac-
tor a mother belonging to a group with increased risk of AIDS virus infec-
Dr. Donald Hopkins, CDC deputy director, said the exact risk of virus
transmission from infected women to offspring is unknown, but "appears
to be substantial," as high as 65 percent.
Senate passes teacher test bill
LANSING, Mich. - The Senate yesterday approved popular legislation
requiring new teachers to pass competency tests beginning in 1991.
The lawmakers also gave final approval to a new wage reporting
system to crack down on welfare cheats.
The teacher competency measure, approved 27-4 with no debate,
requires the Education Department to develop and test competency
examinations for elementary and high school teachers. A general test
administered to all teachers will be used starting in 1991.
Although formally controversial, the bill has won support from a
variety of education groups, including the Michigan Education
Association, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, and the
Michigan Association of School Boards. It is also backed by the State
Board of Education.
Backers have attributed the support to extensive work on the bill and
attempts to meet the concerns of interest groups.
Stowaway seeks U.S. asylum
NEW ORLEANS - A Palestinian stowaway who twice jumped ship, the
second time wearing handcuffs as he dived into swirling river waters
yesterday morning, has told immigration authorities that he is seeking
Mohamad Marie, 20, a Palestinian born in Syria who had sneaked
aboard the ship in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, was brought to New
Orleans later in the day for an immigration hearing.
Marie had claimed he wanted to go to Canada after getting off the ship
Monday and did not raise the asylum issue until yesterday, said Darrell
Goff, a Border Patrol agent in Baton Rouge.
Agents said Marie dived off the Liberian-registered ship Enard Hope
about 3:15 a.m. yesterday and was rescued from the river near Barton
The freighter, loaded with coal, left, port without Marie, en route to the
West Coast and Japan, the freighter's U.S. shipping agent said.
The Border Patrol said it was notified Sunday in Baton Rouge that the
ship had a stowaway. That day an immigration inspector boarded the
ship, interviewed Marie, and ordered that he be kept aboard, said Goff,
who described it as a routine case.
On Monday, Marie slipped aboard a water taxi and made it to shore.
William Worley, deputy chief of the Border Patrol in New Orleans, said
Marie was apprehended and turned over to the ship's agents, who
arranged to fly him to Syria.
Court to decide if Marcos'
election call is constitutional
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to decide
whether President Ferdinand Marcos' call for an early presidential elec-
tion is unconstitutional because of his refusal to resign before the vote.
The court announcement came as opposition leader Salvado Laurel
said he and Corazon Aquino would announce Sunday which of them would
head the opposition ticket in the election officially set for Feb. 7.
Aquino, wife of slain opposition leader Benigno Aquino, announced her
presidential candidacy Tuesday and offered the vice presidential spot to
Laurel, a former senator and head of the nation's largest coalition of op-
But Laurel, himself a presidential aspirant, said yesterday he and
Aquino will announce at a joint news conference Sunday exactly who will
head the opposition ticket.
Tests ordered for sick child
DETROIT - A cancer-stricken boy, taken by state authorities from his
father who opposes chemotherapy, will undergo medical tests but no im-
mediate treatment, the family attorney said yesterday.
"We conceded to an evaluation by Children's Hospital," said Attorney
David Potts following a brief hearing on treatment for Brian Lanphar, 9,
who has been caught in a court battle between his parents and two state
Brian was seized Tuesday at his grandmother's home while eating din-
ner and taken to the hospital by Michigan State police. Authorities con-
tend conventional treatment is necessary to save the youngster's life.
The boy's father, Bill Lanphar, said he opposes traditional medical
evaluation for his son because it will lead to chemotherapy, which he in-
sisted would counteract the medical treatment Brian has received in
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