• Palestinians allowed to raise flag at UN HQ

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    UNITED NATIONS, New York: The UN General Assembly voted Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in a diplomatic victory in their campaign for statehood.

    A resolution was adopted by member states with 119 in favor, eight voting against — including Israel and the United States — and 45 abstentions.

    The text allows the flags of Palestine and the Holy See — both of which have non-member observer status — to be hoisted alongside those of the member states.

    “It is a symbolic thing, but another step to solidify the pillars of the state of Palestine in the international arena,” said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative to the UN.

    In Paris, Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah called the flag vote “a step on the road towards Palestine becoming a full member of the United Nations.”

    AFP

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