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 Controversy has surrounded the visit however, and approval for Qaddafi to stay in New Jersey was rescinded after the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a Libyan who was allowed to leave prison in Scotland because he is suffering from a terminal illness.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.
U. S. President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today, first with each separately then with both as a group. The most pressing issue is whether Israeli will continue building settlements on disputed lands in the West Bank, Al Jazeera.
World leaders are gathered in New York City for a meeting of the General Assembly at the United Nations, Key Issues, BBC News.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to announce an ambitious new climate change plan. the plan will include voluntary reduction targets. China is currently the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases. China may also introduce an international carbon-trading system, New York Times. Representatives of the airline industry will also announce that they intend to cut emission by 50% by 2050, BBC News. Watch President Obama’s opening remarks on climate change, MSNBC.
An illegal immigrant camp, known as the “Jungle” in Calais, France was destroyed by riot police earlier today. Up to 1,000 people had been living at the camp which is used as a staging ground for people to go to Britain. Many of the immigrants left in the previous few day. Only 278 were evicted today, 132 of which were minors. The immigrants came mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Eritrea. Those picked up will be processed and sent back to their home countries, CNN International.
U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, the head of NATO and U.S. operations in Afghanistan, has issued a new report calling for more troops, Associated Press. Q & A on troops in Afghanistan, BBC News.
Leaders from all over the world are in New York City this week for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. President Obama will chair a special Security Council session on nuclear nonproliferation, Chicago Tribune. President Obama will appear on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ tonight at 11:35pm EDT.
A charity organization in Iran is marking the end of Ramadan by bailing out 21,000 poor prisoners who had been jailed for money problems such as unpaid debts, Voice of America.
‘Mad Men ‘and ’30 Rock’ took the top Emmy’s for best drama and best comedy in last night’s 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards, New York Times. Full list of winners, Associated Press.
Hundreds of thousands enjoyed a free “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana, Cuba on Sunday, Miami Herald.