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In this photo provided by the United Nations, Nayib Armando Bukele, president of El Salvador, is shown on video monitors as he speaks in a pre-recorded video message, during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo via AP)

World leaders, virtual meeting 1.0: Was anybody listening?

Sep. 30, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

In the space of a few minutes, on a prerecorded video filmed thousands of miles from where it was shown, the tech-savvy president of El Salvador captured the two strikingly different sides of this year’s unprecedented — and virtual — “gathering” of world leaders...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. (Rick Bajornas/UN Photo via AP)

UN meeting that began with unity concludes with divisions

Sep. 30, 2020 2:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — This year's U.N. General Assembly meeting began with calls for multilateralism and cooperation — a declaration that the urgency for countries to unite “has rarely been greater.” It concluded with a parade of divisive grievances that echoed when the final gavel...

In this UNTV image, Kim Song, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations, speaks in person during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

Sep. 29, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

North Korea on Tuesday called on the world's governments to “display effective leadership” in the fight against COVID-19 and said its own measures against the pandemic, which it called “preemptive, timely and strong,” ensured it had the threat “under safe and stable control."...

In this image take from UNTV video, Nayib Armando Bukele, President of El Salvador, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. (UNTV via AP)

They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words

Sep. 29, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Here, The...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'

Sep. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference that produced a global roadmap for gender equality and a ringing rallying cry that became part of the event's official...

In this image made from UNTV video, Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters in New York. (UNTV via AP)

Myanmar says militants hampering return of Rohingya refugees

Sep. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top Myanmar official on Tuesday accused a militant group and its supporters of hampering the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in 2017 and are now in camps in Bangladesh. Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar’s minister for the office of the state...

Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

In this image from UNTV video, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, of Israel, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

Israeli PM to UN: Hezbollah storing missiles in Beirut

Sep. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of maintaining a "secret arms depot" in a residential neighborhood of Beirut, warning it could cause another tragic explosion in the Lebanese capital. Hezbollah denied the allegations and...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Bob Loughman, prime minister of Vanuatu, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (Manuel Elias/UN Photo via AP)

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

Sep. 28, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who think the word “colonialism” evokes a long-ago, no-longer-relevant era, think again. Several leaders raised this year’s global protests...

FILE - This undated file photo released on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, by Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA) shows a Chinese Cost Guard ship sails in North Natuna Sea. Earlier this month, an Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and are near the southernmost part of China’s disputed South China Sea claims. (Indonesian Maritime Security Agency via AP, File)

South China Sea Watch: China holds drills amid new tensions

Sep. 27, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major commercial shipping route and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ CHINA HOLDS NEW...