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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki, left, speaks during a press conference Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinians will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations.

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Defying US, Palestinians press forward with UN bid

In a direct challenge to the United States, the Palestinians said Thursday they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, even though Washington has promised to veto the measure.

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