The Associated Press reports that the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's killing of Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin.
The United States had demanded that the resolution also condemn violence by Hamas and other militant groups, and that it identify them by name. Algeria, the resolution's sponsor, had resisted.
The resolution "is silent about the terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas," U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said before the vote. He called the measure "unbalanced, one-sided."
The vote was 11 countries in favor, three countries abstaining and one country — the United States — against.
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Hamas has claimed responsibility for dozens of bombings and shootings of Israelis during 3 1/2 years of violence. Israel says it is targeting the group's leaders to stop such attacks, but critics say killing suspects without arresting or trying them violates international law.
Is there a difference in Israel's killing the terrorist Yassin and the U.S. killing Bin Laden?