Panestine granted as nonmember at the UN


(by pio dal cin)
The United Nations General Assembly recognized the Palestinian territories as a nonmember state in a vote Thursday, giving President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party a rare diplomatic victory.
Despite objections from the U.S. and Israel, a majority of U.N. member states voted in favor of conferring nonmember observer state to the Palestinians, a similar status at the U.N. as the Vatican.
The vote passed handily, with 138 countries voting yes, nine voting no, and 41 abstaining.

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