Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian President Abbas sets out UN membership hopes

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will apply to the UN Security Council for full UN membership of a Palestinian state.

He said full UN status was a legitimate right for the Palestinian people.

The address comes before a meeting of the UN General Assembly next week.

Mr Abbas's move sets up a confrontation with Israel and the US, which says it will use its veto.

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