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India Adds Economic Power to UN Security Council Bloc

India and South Africa were elected today to the United Nations Security Council, and will join Brazil in a bloc of emerging economic powers that may resist U.S. pressure to adopt tighter sanctions on Iran.

Colombia and Germany also were elected to two-year terms on the council after receiving the required two-thirds majority of the 192 member nations of the UN General Assembly. Portugal is set to prevail over Canada in three ballots.