U.S. President Barack Obama will address the United Nations General Assembly today. He will call for greater world cooperation and caution that the United States cannot solve the world’s problems alone, Associated Press. UN webcast.
Also making his appearance at the UN for the first time is Libya’s leader Colonel Qaddafi. Since Libya gave up its nuclear ambitions Libya is experiencing greater acceptance on the world stage and currently has one of the rotating seats on the UN Security Council. Controversy has surrounded the visit however, and approval for Qaddafi to stay in New Jersey was rescinded after the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a Libyan who was allowed to leave prison in Scotland because he is suffering from a terminal illness. Protests are planned, BBC News.
Border agents traded gunfire with human traffickers attempting to bring 70 illegal immigrants across the Mexican border into the United States yesterday. Four people were injured, New York Times.
A standoff continues in Honduras where President Jose Manuel Zelaya was deposed in a coup three months ago after the opposition claimed Zelaya was attempting to change the Honduran constitution so that he could serve another term. Zelaya is currently at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The water and power to the embassy have been cut, but it is unlikely soldiers will be sent in. Interim President Roberto Micheletti is calling for Zelaya to agree to hold elections as planned and to turn himself in to the military. Zelaya says he will not return unless he is restored to full presidential power, CNN International.
A massive dust storm in eastern Australia has blanketed Sydney in red dust. Heavy winds blew the dust from the Australian outback. Hail storms, bush fires, and earthquakes are also affecting Australia, Telegraph. In pictures, BBC News.