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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses Russian actions in Syria during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the situation in the Middle East during the General Assembly for the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTSOSF1
    September 22, 2016   BY  

    After a fractious meeting of the council on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were set to duel again at a gathering of foreign ministers from the roughly 20 nations that have interests in Syria. Thursday’s meeting of the International Syria Support Group comes after the two blamed each other for spoiling the country’s cease-fire that they had agreed to only two weeks before. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTSOLSP
    September 20, 2016  

    President Obama gave his final speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. He spoke about the “growing contest” between authoritarianism and democracy in the face of terror and the refugee crisis. He appealed to the world to do more for the millions fleeing war-torn countries and joined other leaders calling for a stop to the fighting in Syria. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) arrives with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York City, U.S. September 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid   - RTSOHI7
    September 19, 2016  

    An estimated 65 million people worldwide are considered refugees and migrants. On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly’s began its first summit on the growing global issue. The session yielded an unprecedented declaration of commitment to organization and cooperation in supporting refugees. William Brangham interviews Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, about its importance. Continue reading

  • September 25, 2007  

    Saying the issue of his country’s nuclear program was now “closed,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided the United Nations for allowing world powers to bully others. It was the latest in a string of controversial comments from the leader during his U.S. visit. Continue reading