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Google Appears To Recognise Palestine In Google.ps Header

03/05/2013 10:57 BST | Updated 03/07/2013 10:12 BST

Google appears to have officially recognised Palestine as a separate country.

In a small change to its website, the search engine changed the Araic title of Google.ps from "Palestinian Territories" to just "Palestine".

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As noted by Foreign Policy the decision comes about six months after a vote by the United Nations General Assembly to recognise Palestine as a non-member state - a decision opposed by Israel and the United States.

The decision could be interpreted as a victory for supporters of Palestine as a separate state.

But on Google Maps, the complex geopolitics of the region is left deliberately vague. While Israel is clearly listed, the two disputed regions - the West Bank and Gaza - are cut away with a dotted line, and labelled simply with those regional names.

Google has not commented on the change so far. However it could have implications outside of the web. A recent story from Nicaragua claimed that an invasion of a disputed area on the country's border was justified by those behind it