Palestinian statehood bid fails at UN Security Council as US, Australia vote against


The UN Security Council has failed to adopt the Arab coalition’s bid calling for the creation of a Palestinian state and an end to Israeli “occupation”. The veto power US and Australia voted against the move with 5 abstentions.The draft resolution gathered only 8 votes in favour, so it was automatically defeated. The US however still used its veto power and voted against the resolution. Another veto power state, the UK, along with Lithuania, Nigeria, Korea and Rwanda have abstained from the vote.

“This resolution sets the stage for more division, not for compromise,” said US Ambassador Samantha Power, calling the draft a “staged confrontation.”

“The United kingdom supports much of the content of the draft resolution. It is therefore with deep regret that we abstained from it,” said UK ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant. “We are disappointed that the normal and necessary negotiation did…

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Indonesia recovers 40 bodies at sea from missing AirAsia plane


An Indonesian search and rescue team prepares to search at sea on December 30. An Indonesian search and rescue team prepares to search at sea on December 30.

More than 40 bodies have been reportedly found in the area where the missing AirAsia last made contact with air traffic controllers.

Sky News also reports that the “shadow” of a plane has been spotted on the seabed.

The bodies were found in the Java Sea six miles from Flight 8501’s last known contact. The plane disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board traveling from Surbaya, Indonesia to Singapore.

The three bodies were initially recovered by an Indonesian navy ship and were not wearing life jackets.

Family members watched the graphic details unfold on local television. Indonesian television showed a half-naked bloated body bobbing in the sea. Many screamed and another man fainted and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.

CEO of AirAsia offered his condolences in a message on his Twitter account.


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