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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signs a request to join 15 United Nations agencies at his headquarters during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 01, 2014. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced during a meeting of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's action committee on Tuesday, that he had signed 12 documents that the PA would use to petition the UN, amid U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's last-ditch effort to revive peace talks with Israel. Photo by Thaer Ganaim