UN Marks International Day of Peace

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The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly officially got underway in New York with strong calls for world peace. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon rang a peace bell and called for a global ceasefire. He specifically cited the situation in Syria, which will be high on the agenda as the world leaders meet over the next several weeks. At the Vatican, Pope Francis repeated his appeals for a diplomatic—not military—solution to the Syrian crisis.