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A Palestinian girl wearing a replica of a military uniform bears a sticker on her forehead, which reads: "UN 194 Palestinian State", during a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations, at Mar Elias refugee camp in Beirut September 23, 2011. (SHARIF KARIM/REUTERS)
A Palestinian girl wearing a replica of a military uniform bears a sticker on her forehead, which reads: "UN 194 Palestinian State", during a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations, at Mar Elias refugee camp in Beirut September 23, 2011. (SHARIF KARIM/REUTERS)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to accept Palestine as a member state, sidestepping nearly two decades of failed negotiations in the hope this dramatic move on the world stage would reenergize the quest for an independent homeland.

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