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U.S. vetoes resolution seeking full U.N. membership for Palestine

The humanitarian nightmare and attacks on civilians in Gaza dominated the U.N. Security Council's quarterly open debate.

Malta's Foreign Minister Ian Borg speaks at a U.N. press stakeout (AN/U.N. Web TV)

The United States vetoed a United Nations resolution that had broad support for extending full member status to the state of Palestine.

The 15-member U.N. Security Council voted 12-1 for the resolution on Thursday; just nine were needed for it to pass. Two members, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, abstained. But the U.S. veto, a power shared by four other members – China, France, Russia and the U.K. – was decisive.

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