12/06/13: The Miami Herald reports the UN General Assembly has elected Jordan to the Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia rejected in an unprecedented act. Jordan was elected to the two-year term on the council with 178 "yes" votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Saudi Arabia got one vote. Jordan was selected by Arab countries and endorsed by Asian nations. Saudi Arabia stunned the diplomatic world by rejecting the Security Council seat on Oct. 17, less than 24 hours after it was elected. The Saudi Foreign Ministry accused the Security Council of failing to end the Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and to convene a conference on creating a Mideast zone free of weapons of mass destruction. Jordan will join four other newcomers to the council on Jan. 1 — Chad, Nigeria, Lithuania and Chile.