Q&A: Palestinians' upgraded UN status

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President Abbas received a standing ovation as he announced his application to the UN

On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to that of a "non-member observer state".

It follows a failed bid to join the international body as a full member state in 2011 because of a lack of support in the UN Security Council.

Here is a guide to the move's likely significance.

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