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The UN upgraded Palestine to nonmember observer state status, tacitly acknowledging Palestine as a state.
Palestinians watched on a screen as Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the UN.
Palestinians waved their national flags as they celebrated.
The UN voted 138-9 with 41 abstentions to upgrade Palestine's status.
Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Avaaz
Abbas, center right, was embraced by the Turkish foreign minister after the vote.
Palestinians waved posters of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, and President Abbas, right.
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