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Major Asian nations join UN rebuke of US over Jerusalem

Muslim-majority countries in region decry move, are not cowed by Trump's threats

Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, vetoes an Egyptian-drafted resolution on the status of Jerusalem during a Security Council meeting Thursday.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. General Assembly condemned Thursday the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, urging Washington to reverse the move despite threats of retaliation from President Donald Trump.

The world body overwhelmingly approved a nonbinding resolution in a 128-9 vote even with the U.S. threatening to cut financial aid to supporters. Muslim-majority Asian countries that receive American assistance, including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan, did not back down.

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