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Vote raises Palestine’s U.N. status

U.S., Israel see resolution as a blow to peace process

Posted: November 30, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is embraced Thursday by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after the U.N. General Assembly vote, which Abbas in a speech earlier had called a “last chance.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is embraced Thursday by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after the U.N. General Assembly vote, which Abbas in a speech earlier had called a “last chance.”

More than 130 countries voted Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember state in the United Nations, a defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, who was weakened by the recent eight days of fighting in Gaza.

UN Vote Last Chance on 2-state Solution, Abbas says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly before a key vote on Thursday that it "is being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine." (By AP)
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