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UNESCO Adopts Cultural Diversity Convention Over US Objections

The general conference of the United Nations cultural agency (UNESCO) has adopted a draft convention that it says is aimed at preserving cultural diversity

Over strong U.S. objections Thursday, member states of the 191-country organization voted Thursday in Paris to approve the document. It allows countries to take measures to protect languages and cultures from the effects of globalization.

The vote was 148 countries in favor of the convention, two, including the United States, against it, and four abstentions.

U.S. officials fear certain nations will use the agreement to block the import of U.S. movies, television shows and pop music.

The Bush administration says the document should do more to encourage what it calls the "free flow of ideas."

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.