UN General Assembly vote will allow Palestinian flag to fly at UN headquarters
- With 119 in favor, eight against, and 45 abstaining, the Assembly voted to allow observer states–Palestine and the Vatican–to fly their national flags in front of the UN’s New York headquarters.
- The flag is expected to go up on September 30, when Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the General Assembly.
- The U.S. and Israel criticized the measure as working in conflict with peace efforts in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
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President Obama announces U.S. will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over next year
- Obama announced that preparations are being made to take in the number by the end of September 2016.
- The U.S. had originally planned to accept 1,500 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015.
- While welcoming the increase, humanitarian groups criticized the number as too low relative to U.S. capacity, calling on the president to increase the yearly refugee cap from 70,000 to 200,000.
“The White House’s pledge is a start, but it just scratches the surface. … The U.S. can and must do more to help ensure that thousands of Syrians fleeing violence have the safety and security they need.”
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