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US Abstains as UN Condemns Israeli Settlements

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The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution condemning Israel's practice of establishing settlements on Palestinian territory, and in a change from policy, the United States abstained from voting, rather than exercise its usual veto. The change by the United States meant the measure passed, the first Middle East motion to pass in the Security Council in eight years. Applause broke out when the vote result — 14 "yes" votes out of the 15 council members — was...

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