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Israel becomes full member of Cern

The governing council of the world's top particle physics lab has unanimously voted to accept Israel as a full member.

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as Cern, says Israel will be admitted as a full member - the first non-European country to achieve that - once it formally notifies Unesco that it has ratified the Cern Convention.

Cern's director general, Rolf Heuer, said in a statement today that Israel, which obtained observer status in 1991 and then became an associate member in 2011, will become the 21st member nation to join as a full member.

The upgrade in status means it will have more access and say in the research, but also that it must contribute millions of dollars more each year.

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