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Palestinians hurtle towards UN showdown

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has set a collision course with Israel and the United States, determined to try to force a vote on his bid for full UN membership for a Palestinian state. Flying in the face of strong opposition, Abbas met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday…

Rep. Lehtinen urges Obama to wield U.N. veto against Palestinians

MIAMI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama should say clearly and publicly the United States will use its veto on the U.N. Security Council to block any Palestinian bid to gain U.N. membership, a senior Republican lawmaker said on Wednesday. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a conservative who chairs the House Foreign Affairs…