ANTI-HAMAS VOTE FAILS
A US-sponsored draft resolution that for the first time would have condemned the militant Islamic group Hamas has failed to win the required two-thirds majority in the United Nations General Assembly.
Before the vote, the 193member world body had voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval, rather than the simple majority urged by the US.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly before the vote that it could make history and unconditionally speak out against Hamas, which she called “one of the most obvious and grotesque cases of terrorism in the world”.
But the vote on the resolution to condemn Hamas was 87 in favour against 57 opposed, with 33 abstentions — a plurality but below the two-thirds requirement to adopt it.