Belgium and Germany are running unopposed in the competition for two nonpermanent seats on the UN Security Council, after Israel withdrew its bid to join the 15-member body.

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly is due to vote next month on five new members for a two-year term starting on January 1, 2019. Israel, Germany and Belgium were competing for two seats allocated to the Western European and Others Group.

Israel had withdrawn because of its low chances of winning, due to the oppositi...

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