World Briefs: UN approves Palestine flag to be raised at HQ

A spectator waves a Palestinian flag during the first leg of the Palestine Cup final soccer match between Gaza Strip's Shejaia and Hebron's Al-Ahly at al-Yarmouk stadium in Gaza City on Aug 6, 2015.
A spectator waves a Palestinian flag during the first leg of the Palestine Cup final soccer match between Gaza Strip's Shejaia and Hebron's Al-Ahly at al-Yarmouk stadium in Gaza City on Aug 6, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

UN approves Palestine flag to be raised at HQ

UNITED NATIONS • The UN General Assembly has voted to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters, in a diplomatic victory in their campaign for statehood.

A resolution was adopted on Thursday by member states, with 119 in favour, eight voting against - including Israel and the United States - and 45 abstentions. The text allows the flags of Palestine and the Holy See - both of which have non-member observer status - to be hoisted alongside those of the member states.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


9 Warhol prints stolen, replaced with fakes

LOS ANGELES • Nine original Andy Warhol prints were stolen from a Los Angeles movie business and replaced with fakes in an art heist that went undetected for years.

The silk screen prints, worth an estimated US$350,000 (S$494,800), are from the artist's 1983 series "Endangered Species" and his 1980 series "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century", according to a police report.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe