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'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...

NATO leader: Allies need to stand together amid sub flap

Sep. 21, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With some powerful NATO allies at odds over a submarine sale, the group's leader suggested Tuesday that members need to focus on “the big picture” and not let the dispute between France and the U.S. and Britain open an ongoing rift. A U.S. and...

Iran’s new president, in UN speech, calls economic sanctions “the U.S.' new way of war with the nations of the world.”

Sep. 21, 2021 14:18 PM EDT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s new president, in UN speech, calls economic sanctions “the U.S.' new way of war with the nations of the world.”

Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban

Sep. 21, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruling emir of Qatar, whose nation has played a pivotal role in Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal, urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday against turning their backs on the country's Taliban rulers. ...

UN agencies want access to asylum-seekers stuck at EU border

Sep. 21, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two United Nations agencies requested access Tuesday to asylum-seekers stranded at Belarus's border with Poland and Lithuania, after four migrants were found dead in the area. The International Organization for Migration and the U.N. Refugee Agency...

Biden pledges 'relentless diplomacy' on global challenges

Sep. 21, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Joe Biden summoned the world’s nations to forcefully address the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He decried military conflict and...

The Latest: Johnson praises new US position on climate

Sep. 21, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: ___ NEW YORK — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised the “very different mood in Washington” about the urgency of dealing with climate change since President Joe Biden replaced Donald Trump. ...

Sudanese officials say coup attempt failed, army in control

Sep. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt Tuesday by a group of soldiers but said the attempt failed and the country's ruling council and military remain in control. The development underscored the fragility of Sudan’s path to democracy, more than two years after...

Billionaires rocketing into space draw UN chief's red glare

Sep. 21, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

Space, we have an equity problem. When three billionaires rocketed into space this summer, they did more than escape Earth’s surly bonds, they helped spread “a malady of mistrust” plaguing an all-too hungry world, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

Brazil's Bolsonaro rebuffs criticism on pandemic, Amazon

Sep. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro issued a defense of his administration at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, rebuffing criticism of its handling of the pandemic and touting recent data indicating less Amazon deforestation. His presence at...