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Vatican Accord Recognizing De Facto Palestinian State Takes Effect

The Vatican says its first treaty with Palestinians has come into force, more than two years after the Roman Catholic Church drew criticism from Israel for recognizing the existence of a Palestinian state. The accord, which technically covers church operations in parts of the Holy Land under Palestinian control, was signed in June 2015.  It also reaffirms support for a negotiated two-state solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A statement Saturday said the...

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