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Obama To Appear Before U.N. General Assembly

President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning. He's expected to talk about the need to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons, and the potential for progress on Iran's nuclear program — among other topics.
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Update On Kenya Mall Attack

The bloody siege at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has entered its fourth day. Authorities there are trying to wrap up their standoff with al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaida. At least 62 people have been killed.
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Al-Shabab Primer

In a conversation with Bronwyn Burton of the Atlantic Council, Steve Inskeep gets a history of al-Shabab, the Islamist militant group that's claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on a Nairobi mall. She says the attack was aimed more at the West than Kenyans.
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Iran's President Rouhani To Address U.N. For 1st Time

Iran's new president makes his U.N. debut on Tuesday, and Hassan Rouhani's charm offensive appears to be paying off. His foreign minister will be meeting his counterparts from the U.N. Security Council later this week. The possibility of a thaw in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program is just one of the surprising elements to this year's U.N. General Assembly. The other is the possibility of diplomatic progress on Syria.
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How Many Scientists Does It Take To Write A Climate Report?

Scientists are about to deliver another major assessment of climate change. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change involved hundreds of scientists from around the world and has left some of them wondering whether there's a more effective way to put the document together.
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Costa Concordia Captain Blames Crash On Helmsman

Francesco Schettino, on trial for manslaughter and abandoning his passengers and crew, says the man steering the cruise liner turned the wrong way.
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A Young Afghan War Survivor Touches Two American Lives

Last year, two sisters took in Arefa, a badly burned Afghan girl, while she received medical treatment in the U.S. The sisters were ecstatic to host a goofier and wigglier Arefa during a return visit this summer, but they say the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan may make future reunions difficult.
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Optimism Surrounds Iranian President's Visit To New York

Moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has made several significant moves since his election, from releasing several political prisoners to taking responsibility for nuclear negotiations out of the National Security Council and moving it to the Foreign Ministry. President Obama says it's time to "test" Iran's willingness to negotiate.
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Kenyan Officials Say They Have Control Of Mall Siege

At least 62 people were killed and 175 were wounded when Islamist gunmen attacked the most high-profile shopping mall in East Africa, Kenyan officials say. The siege began Saturday, and by Monday afternoon authorities said Kenyan security forces were in control of the building.
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A Primer On The Somali Terrorist Group Al-Shabab

What is al-Shabab? Melissa Block speaks with J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center and co-author of the book Somalia: Fixing Africa's Most Failed State, about the Somali Islamic extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.

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