Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas asks UN for international protection in Gaza as hostilities with Israel continue

    Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has asked the United Nations to put the state of Palestine under “international protection” due to the worsening violence in the Gaza Strip. The ABC’s Matt Brown in Jerusalem Rockets are still streaking out of Gaza into the sky and heading north into Israel, but notably there’s a more low-key feel around the border on the Israeli side than previous engagements. There is a build up of infantry and armour, tanks, armoured personnel carriers, even trenches dug deep into the earth for trucks, which…

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The Greatest Show on Earth: UN General Assembly?

It is that time of the year again. New York becomes the dream spot for virtually every Foreign Policy Junkie around the World. Every World Leader except for a few venture to the United Nations for the Annual Session of the General Assembly. This year a question on Facebook actually pondered which Leader would give the most off-the-wall speech this year. During the days prior to the session there were reports of a push to allow for Palestine to take its rightful place as a member of the World Body.…

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