10 things you need to know today: December 31, 2014

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1. Security Council rejects Palestinian statehood resolution

The United Nations Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for establishing a Palestinian state by the end of 2017. Eight countries, including France, Russia, and China, voted for the proposal. The U.S. and Australia voted against the measure, and five nations abstained. The proposal needed nine votes to pass, and the U.S. was prepared to veto it. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the resolution included "unconstructive deadlines that take no account of Israel’s legitimate security concerns."

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