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Leaders Air Grievances at United Nations Gathering

There were some verbal fireworks at the U.N. General Assembly Saturday as the foreign minister of North Korea responded to President Donald Trump and a senior Indian official lashed out at Pakistan. One of the most anticipated speeches of the week was North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho. He did not disappoint. Ri called Trump “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania” who is on a suicide mission of his own, and peppered his 22-minute address with other choice words and insults. Delegates audibly applauded at the end. In…

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Nations Join Forces to Stop One in Three Women Facing Violence

World leaders meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday launched a half-billion dollar effort to end violence against women and girls, a crime suffered by one in three in their lifetimes. The effort will fund anti-violence programs that promote prevention, bolster government policies and provide women and girls with improved access to services, organizers said. It will take particular aim at human trafficking, femicide and family violence, they said. A third of all women experience violence at some point in their lives, and that figure is twice as high in…

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Nations to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty Opposed by Big Powers

The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons was opened Wednesday for countries to sign, with the backing of over 100 nations but the opposition of nuclear-armed ones.   “This treaty is an important milestone towards the universally held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons” at a time of increasing concern about their risk, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened a signing ceremony.   It came alongside the U.N.’s biggest gathering of the year, the U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders. Many were set to address…

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Trump to Criticize Rogue Nations in Highly-anticipated UN Speech

U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, is to double down on criticisms of North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.   * Watch LIVE on Facebook and on our home page beginning at 14:30 UTC “He will speak in extremely tough terms about the North Korean menace and the threat it poses to our security and the security of all the nations in that room,” according to a senior White House official who gave reporters a preview of the address. “And he will talk…

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Trump and the United Nations: Reform or Die?

Zalmay Khalilzad, The National InterestPresident Donald Trump will be hosting a meeting on Monday in New York on reforming the United Nations. With that, the president is taking on a very tough but very necessary task. The institution is in serious need of reform but achieving that will be very difficult. Yet, unless it reforms substantially, the UN faces the prospect of becoming less relevant and having its very mission and existence questioned. … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Trump and the United Nations: Reform or Die?

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