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Biden to Back Ambitious Global Vaccination Goal

Administration to commit to donate 1.1B doses through 2022

(Newser) - President Biden is set to announce that the US is doubling its purchase of Pfizer's COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year, per the AP . The stepped-up commitment is...

Key Lines From Biden's Speech to UN General Assembly

'We are not seeking a new Cold War'

(Newser) - President Biden used his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to declare that the world stands at an "inflection point in history" and must move quickly to address the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human rights abuses. Some highlights, via the AP and...

K-Pop Stars Address UN General Assembly

BTS members spoke at sustainability event

(Newser) - It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others—a plug for vaccines, young people, and the earth's well-being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical juggernaut appeared before the renowned green-marbled backdrop in the General Assembly hall...

China Makes Surprise Pledge on Climate

Promise to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 is seen as a 'game changer'

(Newser) - The world's top-polluting nation has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2060—"a tectonic shift in policy" that "could help significantly slow global warming," reports the New York Times . Chinese President Xi Jinping made the surprise announcement in addressing the UN General Assembly by video on...

Trump to UN: Blame China for the 'Plague'

Xi says he doesn't want 'a cold war or a hot one'

(Newser) - This year's United Nations General Assembly meeting is being held virtually, with leaders delivering pre-recorded messages—and President Trump used his to slam the nation where the pandemic began. "We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague on to the world—China," he said Tuesday,...

4 Big Themes From Trump's UN Speech
4 Big Themes From
Trump's UN Speech

4 Big Themes From Trump's UN Speech

'The future belongs to patriots'

(Newser) - President Trump addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, touching on topics including Iran, the trade war with China, his disdain of globalism, and border security. Highlights from sources including the Wall Street Journal , Fox News , and USA Today :
  • Nationalism: Trump said other nations must respect American sovereignty, and he
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For Trump, UN Building Is Real Estate Deal That Got Away

'I offered to rebuild it at a tiny fraction of what they were going to build it for'

(Newser) - As President Trump visits the United Nations building in New York this week, he won't be focused only on the global challenges facing the world body—he's still reliving the real estate deal there that got away. More than a decade later, Trump vividly recalls the overtures he...

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...

Trump's Boast Draws Laughter at UN
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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...

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...

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,...

World Reacts to Trump's UN Address
World Reacts to
Trump's UN Address
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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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