Frank Franklin II, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — Palestine's U.N. delegation has cast its first routine General Assembly ballot to a warm round of applause, which its ambassador calls a symbolic step toward full membership in the world body.
U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour was part of the assembly's election of a judge for the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on Monday. Koffi Kumelio Afande of Togo was elected to the court.
It was the first time that a Palestinian "state" voted in the General Assembly, almost a year after the 193-nation body elevated it to non-member U.N. observer state, the same status the Vatican holds.
The Palestinians now have access to U.N. agencies and international bodies, including the International Criminal Court.
Full U.N. membership requires Security Council approval, with no vetoes.
- The Great War: 100 photos marking 100 years...
- Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City...
- Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans...
- Northern California wildfire destroys 10 homes
- Taiwan plane crash survivor crawls out of...
- Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel
- Federal land managers criticized over...
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting...
- Federal land managers criticized over... 25
- Feds cap fines for not buying health... 22
- Obama maintains busy fundraising... 22
- After government topples crosses in... 17
- Ted Cruz demands answers on FAA flight... 16
- Varying health premium subsidy amounts... 13
- Gaza sides agree to lull but truce... 13
- Fast food workers vow civil disobedience 13