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The UN General Assembly

With the General Assembly in session in New York, we look at the role the body is playing in the Syria debate and the world.


Powerful Typhoon Has Hong Kong In Its Sights

The storm, which packed winds of 150 mph on Friday, is expected to weaken before it hits the Chinese territory.

In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program

An international watchdog based in the Netherlands says it has received an "initial declaration" of chemical weapons from Damascus.

Diplomacy With Iran: Deja Vu All Over Again?

Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani has launched a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly next week, leading to speculation of a new course for relations with the U.S. But there are plenty of reasons for skepticism — Iran's history with the U.S. not the least of them.

Death Toll Near 100, And Likely To Rise, From Storms In Mexico

Twin disasters — hurricanes that this week struck both sides of the nation — have been devastating. An additional 68 people in one village are missing and presumed dead after their homes were buried in a landslide.

Putin Defends Italy's Former Prime Minister Berlusconi

Former Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi was convicted of paying for sex with a minor. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Berlusconi was a victim of discrimination. He said Berlusconi was put on trial for living with women, and that prosecutors "wouldn't touch him if he were gay."

Iran's New Leader Calls For 'Constructive Dialogue'

Ahead of next week's opening of the U.N.'s general assembly, where he and other leaders will address the world, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is continuing what some have called a charm offensive.

Iran's New President Mounts A Charm Offensive

Hassan Rouhani ran on a promise of getting his country out from under the weight of sanctions, embargoes and other financial weapons from the West that have crippled that country's economy. Since taking office, he has been striking a more conciliatory note than his predecessor, especially toward the U.S. For more, Renee Montagne talks with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Sudan Leader's Visa Request Puts U.S. In Diplomatic Bind

The president of Sudan wants to travel to New York next week to attend the United Nations General Assembly. But the U.S. doesn't want to grant that visa because he is accused of genocide. Renee Montagne talks to Colum Lynch, a reporter for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy magazine, about why this diplomatic issue.

Pope Calls For 'New Balance' On Hot Button Social Issues

In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-contraception doctrine. He said the Church needs a "new balance" or it could "fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel."