Boycott blow for UN racism forum
A major UN conference on racism looks to be in disarray as more countries confirmed they will not take part.
Australia and the Netherlands joined the US, Israel, Italy and Canada in boycotting the talks. The UK is sending a delegation, but no senior official.
The move is over concerns about anti-Israel and anti-Western bias. Iran's president, who has denied the Holocaust, is to address the meeting.
The talks are meant to review progress in fighting racism since a 2001 forum.
That conference, in Durban, ended in acrimony when Arab countries tried to define Zionism as racism.