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By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — The United Nations Security Council planned to convene a meeting Tuesday afternoon to take up a Palestinian demand for a resolution calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year, U.N. officials announced.

The proposal, vehemently opposed by Israel, also calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories within three years.

If the issue is put to a vote, the United States will be forced to exercise its veto, a move it has sought to avoid.

U.S. officials contend the Palestinian action would be counterproductive because it would sidestep negotiations over Israeli-Palestinian issues. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has pushed for a vote anyway in hopes of building international support for Palestinian demands for statehood.

Abbas has won the support of Arab states, which have united behind a draft proposal. Israel strongly opposes the Palestinians’ efforts to gain diplomatic leverage through action at the United Nations.

United Nations Photo via Flickr

Donald Trump in El Paso

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

The city of El Paso, Texas, announced on Tuesday that it had hired a law firm to collect on $569,204 it is still owed by Donald Trump's presidential campaign for costs associated with a February 2019 rally.

"A lot of us have been concerned about this outstanding invoice, about the amount of money that is owed to us by the Trump campaign," said local Rep. Peter Svarzbein said during a city council meeting.

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