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Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN move

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An Israeli minister on Wednesday warned of punitive action if the Palestinians pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.  

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 1, 2014

In a surprise announcement late on Tuesday, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said he had begun steps to join 15 UN agencies, angering Israel and prompting US Secretary of State John Kerry to cancel an imminent a trip to Ramallah.

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