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President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly before the body's historic vote to recognize Palestine as its 194th State at U.N. Headquarters on Thursday. Photo by Jason DeCrow AP Images for Avaaz,

UN recognizes state of Palestine

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine.

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by the 193-member world body late Thursday by a vote of 138-9 with 41 abstentions.