Thursday, November 29, 2012

World News Briefs -- November 29, 2012 (Evening Edition)

Palestinians Win Upgraded UN Status By Wide Margin -- BBC

The UN General Assembly has voted to grant the Palestinians non-member observer state status - a move opposed by Israel and the US.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the assembly the vote was the "last chance to save the two-state solution" with Israel.

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said the bid "doesn't advance peace - it pushes it backwards".

The assembly voted 138-9 in favour, with 41 nations abstaining.

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Palestinians granted U.N. 'state' status. Palestine wins status of state in vote by U.N. Assembly. 'We are a country': Palestinians celebrate.

Fighting rages along Damascus airport road. Damascus fighting cuts off airport, Emirates suspends flights.

Syrian rebels turn looted missiles on Assad's aircraft.

Nationwide Internet blackout in Syria. Internet service goes out across Syria.

U.S. gives Iran until March to cooperate with IAEA.

Bombs kill 30 in Iraq Shi'ite cities. Wave of bomb attacks in Iraq kills 42.

Iran shows new submarines and warships, touts self-sufficiency in defense.

Palestinians to renew UN statehood bid.


U.S. Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A not-so-firm deadline on a new government in Nepal.

NKorea speculation overshadows SKorean rocket.

Japan's new Restoration Party seeks more defense spending.

Sources: North Korea replaces defense minister.

North Korea pushing ahead with new nuclear reactor: IAEA.

Burmese police break up copper mine protest.

Afghan elite ransacked $900m from Kabul Bank, inquiry finds.

'Red Shirt' trial delayed in Thailand .


Egypt assembly votes on constitution.

Mursi to speak as Egypt's Islamists seek way out of crisis.

As rebels exit Goma, new concerns arise over insecurity.

Congo rebels pulling back; fate of Goma uncertain.

U.N. chief recommends "offensive military operation" in Mali.

UN envoy: No settlement in sight for W. Sahara.

Ethiopia promises support to rebuild Somalia.


NATO reassures Russia on missiles as ambassador contacts resume.

Analysis: At peak of powers, Merkel sets sights on third term.

Kosovo ex-premier Haradinaj cleared of war crimes again. Serbs frustrated, Kosovars elated as former Kosovo PM acquitted of war crimes.

Italy bracing for transportation strike.

Watchdog needed to curb British press 'havoc'.

Julian Assange suffering lung problems, says Ecuador.


GOP rejects cliff offer from Obama. Inside the talks: U.S. fiscal framework emerges. Democratic left keeps pressure on Obama.

Colombia: Farc peace talks in Cuba adjourned for a week.

Nicaragua patrols its new Caribbean maritime territory.

U.S. birth rate hits record low.

Largest trial of 'Dirty War' crimes starts in Argentina.

US economic growth rate revised up to 2.7%.

Shifting account of CIA's Libya talking points fuels Rice controversy.

2012 Mayan apocalypse rumors have dark side, NASA warns.

Winning Powerball tickets sold in Arizona, Kansas City area.


Three accused of plotting to join al Qaeda indicted in California.

Al-Qaeda urges Mali to reject foreign troops.

Guantanamo inmates could be moved to US jails.


Concorde crash: Continental Airlines cleared by France court.

RIM stock soars after Goldman Sachs upgrade.

US piracy crackdown delayed until 2013.

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