Abbas signs onto International Criminal Court after U.N. loss

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Posted: Dec 31, 2014 12:03 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council.

The move, certain to anger Israel and the U.S., paves the way for the court to take jurisdiction over crimes committed in the Palestinian territories and investigate the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian leaders over more than a decade of bloody conflict.

(Reporting By Noah Browning; editing by Ralph Boulton)