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Canada abstains as UN General Assembly backs resolution to nullify U.S. move on Jerusalem

A controversial UN resolution against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has passed 128-9, with Canada among 35 countries that abstained from voting.

Before the UN General Assembly voted Thursday, Trump had threatened to punish any country that opposed him.

The assembled voted in favour of declaring "null and void" the U.S.'s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Voting with the U.S. were Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

Thursday's vote in New York City was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 "yes" votes out of the 193 member states.

Twenty-one countries didn't vote at all.

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