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UN demands end to Israeli settlements after US abstains

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council on Friday demanded that Israel halt its settlement activities in Palestinian territory, in a resolution adopted after the United States refrained from vetoing the measure condemning its closest Middle East ally. In a rare step, the United States instead abstained, allowing the measure to pass by a vote of 14 in favor in the 15-member council. Applause broke out in the council chamber after the adoption of the resolution, the first measure on the Middle East passed at the council in…