An Israeli court has awarded the country's first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for religious students with special needs to receive tuition reimbursements for attending private schools.
The United Nations Security Council could not arrive at a consensus on the Palestinians' statehood bid, a draft report from the panel reportedly says.
France will abstain from voting on whether to admit Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.
Canada's foreign affairs minister said his country would continue paying dues to UNESCO but would not offer the agency any additional money.
French Jewish groups said they feel betrayed by their country’s vote in favor of extending UNESCO membership to the Palestinians.
Palestinians want the Security Council to decide on their bid for full U.N. membership soon so they can pursue "other options", the Palestinian U.N. envoy said, repeating charges that Washington is procrastinating to avoid a vote.
Turkey's foreign minister said his country threatened to veto an Israeli initiative in NATO in an effort to hurt Israel in international forums.
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are set to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
The Obama administration said unequivocally it would veto any U.N. Security Council resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to turn down Washington's request to withdraw a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Israel halt settlement expansion on occupied land.
J Street and Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to withhold a U.S. veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building. In a policy statement posted Thursday on its website, J Street noted that for 40 years and across eight presidential administrations, the United States has called on Israel to stop building settlements The resolution introduced this week in the Security Council condemns Israel's continued settlement building and calls on Israel and the Palestinians to move to final status negotiations. "These are sentiments that we share and that we believe a majority of Jewish Americans and friends of Israel share," the statement said.