UN General Assembly

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Trump to UN: Only Our 'Friends' Get Aid

He asserts US independence from the world body, bashes Iran

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, with his familiar "America First" theme taking prominence. "We reject the ideology of globalism," the president told the world body. One of Trump's early boasts drew unexpected laughter from the audience, though he laughed it off and... More »

Trump Pauses UN Speech, Surprised by Laughter

Audience members snickered when he boasted of his administration's accomplishments

(Newser) - President Trump was addressing the UN Tuesday morning, and he got an unexpected reaction from an early boast: laughter. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump told the General Assembly, which prompted some audible... More »

Nikki Haley Warns Nations Ahead of UN Vote

US 'will be taking names' of those who criticize American decision on Jerusalem

(Newser) - Consider it a not-so-veiled threat. The UN General Assembly votes Thursday on whether to reject President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and US Ambassador Nikki Haley is warning that the US will be paying very close attention. "When we make a decision, at... More »

N. Korea: 'Parade Goes On' Despite 'Barking Dog'

NK's foreign minister wasn't scared by Trump's UN speech

(Newser) - North Korea has joined a host of other countries in condemning President Trump's speech at the UN . Trump's Tuesday speech, in which he vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if the country threatened the US or its allies, amounted to "the sound of a barking dog,... More »

World Reacts to Trump's UN Address

Cuba calls speech 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - President Trump's extraordinary speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday has met with strong reactions from other countries—especially the ones he singled out for criticism. Cuba's Foreign Ministry says the country's UN delegation has "voiced a strong protest" against Trump's "disrespectful,... More »

Trump Has New Message at UN for N. Korea's 'Rocket Man'

'We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea' if it attacks

(Newser) - President Trump delivered his first-ever speech to the full UN General Assembly Tuesday, and he didn't mince words about North Korea. The North's nuclear arsenal threatens the "entire world," he said, and if the US must defend itself or an ally, "we will have no... More »

Ex-UN Head Took $1M in Bribes: Prosecutors

Ex-General Assembly chief John Ashe accused of cashing in on Chinese mogul

(Newser) - A former UN General Assembly president was arrested Tuesday and charged with accepting over $1 million in bribes and a trip to New Orleans from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments. John Ashe, the UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda... More »

Obama at UN: Putin Needs to Get on Board With Assad Ouster

POTUS wants Assad out, says 'tyrant' isn't best choice to fight ISIS

(Newser) - "Dangerous currents" are creating a "darker world," President Obama told the UN General Assembly on Monday, touching on a slew of issues including the "apocalyptic cult" ISIS, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and Syria's civil war, NBC News reports. Obama underscored the need to keep... More »

Netanyahu: Iran's Rouhani a 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'

Israeli leader blasts Iran, says it has nuclear weapons program

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu took his turn at the UN General Assembly podium today, and used it to blast Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and his much-celebrated outreach efforts . "Now I know, Rouhani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad," he said, according to CNN . But "the only difference between them is... More »

Iran's Rouhani: Sanctions on Us Are 'Violent— Pure and Simple'

He also says Tehran is willing to enter talks on its nuclear program

(Newser) - An Iranian president addressed the UN General Assembly today, and for a change there was no talk of 9/11 conspiracies, Holocaust hoaxes, or the US delegation walking out . Instead, Hasan Rouhani—the more moderate successor of Mahmoud Ahmandinejad—said his nation wants to ease tensions with the US and take... More »

On Obama's Agenda: Historic Handshake?

It could happen today with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani

(Newser) - Today could bring what Time describes as the most historic handshake since "Nixon and Elvis" (or, more seriously, "Rabin and Arafat"): President Obama and new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani will meet for the first time at the UN General Assembly today, and everyone from government officials to... More »

UN General Assembly Recognizes Palestine

Group elevates Palestinians' status over objections of US, Israel

(Newser) - The United Nations voted overwhelmingly today to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations (on par with the Vatican) was approved by a... More »

Netanyahu Will Push UN for Iran 'Red Line'

Mahmoud Abbas delivers speech today, too

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had his turn in front of the UN General Assembly yesterday, and today is Benjamin Netanyahu's. The Israeli prime minister will press for a "clear red line" on Iran and its nuclear ambitions, Reuters reports. Though some Israelis were disappointed that President Obama didn't issue... More »

Ahmadinejad Blasts 'Hegemony of Arrogance'

But UN speech is unusually subdued

(Newser) - The US and Israel boycotted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN today, but it was actually a fairly low-key offering by the Iranian president's standards. In what will likely be his last speech before the general assembly, Ahmadinejad blamed the "current abysmal situation of the world" on... More »

Ahmadinejad: In 'New Order,' We'll All Be Equal

And that whole nuclear program thing is a non-issue

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued his media blitz yesterday, giving the AP an interview in which he touched on all the usual topics: Israel, Iran's nuclear ambitions, Syria. The subject closest to his heart, however, was the "new order" he envisions—in which, surprise, surprise, the US plays a lesser... More »

Jets Scramble After Planes Violate UN Airspace

Incident occurred around the time of Obama's speech

(Newser) - Two fighter jets scrambled today after two small aircraft violated airspace restrictions in place for the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders close to the time President Obama was speaking. North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelio said the F-22s intercepted the small planes during two separate incidents... More »

US Hostage's Wife Appeals to Ahmadinejad

And Iranian president sits down with CNN

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in town, and the wife of a former FBI agent taken hostage in Iran in 2007 is taking advantage of that fact. The Iranian president "has said that he will investigate and he will have his people investigate," says Christine Levinson, whose husband, Robert, is... More »

Morsi: US, Egypt Could Be 'Real Friends'

But it's up to America to repair damaged relations in region

(Newser) - Egypt's first democratically elected leader is headed to New York for his first official visit to the United States, and Mohammed Morsi tells the New York Times that he envisions his nation and Washington could be "real friends," though he tacitly acknowledges real tensions exist at the... More »

UN Condemns Syrian Assault

Symbolic resolution passes by overwhelming margin

(Newser) - The UN General Assembly gave Syria a fierce, albeit entirely symbolic, rebuke today for the violent crackdown on dissent that has plunged the country into a civil war. The Assembly voted 133-12 in favor of a resolution condemning the violence, with 31 abstaining, the AP reports. "The conflict in... More »

UN to Syria President: Time to Go

Russia, China vote against General Assembly resolution

(Newser) - The UN General Assembly has voted to support an Arab League call for Syria's Bashar al-Assad to quit as president. The assembly voted 137-12 for the resolution, which isn't legally binding but is a barometer of international opinion, the AP notes. Seventeen countries abstained from voting, while Russia... More »

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