Powell to Skip UN Conference On Racism

NPR's Vicky O'Hara reports that the Bush Administration has decided not to send Secretary of State Colin Powell to head the U.S. delegation to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism that opens later this week in Durban, South Africa. The reason: the U.S. effort to remove anti-Israeli language from the conference agenda was unsuccessful. Arab and Third World nations have insisted that Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza represents a form of racism. For more on the racism conference, follow our special series.

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