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Russia's Putin would consider meeting Obama at U.N.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend next month's U.N. General Assembly in New York and would "consider constructively" any request for a meeting there with President Barack Obama, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Relations between Russia and the West hit a post-Cold War low over Ukraine, where Moscow annexed Crimea from Kiev last year and where Washington and Brussels say it is driving a separatist pro-Russian revolt in the east.

But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin would consider any request from the White House for a meeting between Putin and Obama at the United Nations. ...

Obama thanked Putin on the phone for his part in the Iran deal. The two last spoke face-to-face briefly in November, and Putin has paid no official visits to the United States since returning to the Kremlin for a third term in mid-2012.
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What? Wouldn't he be better off meeting with Pre-President Trump? :confused:
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Cuba's Castro to travel to New York for U.N. General Assembly

Cuban President Raul Castro is set to address the U.N. General Assembly this month, the United Nations announced on Tuesday, the first time the Cuban leader will visit the United States as the island nation's head of state.

The latest public schedule for the General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders - the so-called General Debate - lists Castro as speaking on the afternoon of Sept. 28. U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Russia and China and Iran's president are also due to speak on the same day.

Neither the White House nor the Cuban government had an immediate response to queries about whether Castro and Obama might meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting, which begins on Sept. 25 with a speech by Pope Francis ahead of a three-day summit on global development. It ends on Oct. 3.

The White House has not yet released details of Obama's schedule while in New York. In addition to his Sept. 28 speech to the General Assembly, the United Nations says he is due to address the development summit on Sept. 27.

It would be the first visit to the United States as president for Castro, 84, who took over for his ailing brother Fidel provisionally in 2006 and definitively in 2008.
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US mulls abstention on Cuba embargo vote at UN

For the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight.

U.S. officials told the Associated Press that the Obama administration is weighing abstaining from the annual U.N. General Assembly vote on a Cuban-backed resolution demanding that the embargo be lifted. The vote could come next month.

No decision has yet been made, said four administration officials who weren't authorized to speak publicly on sensitive internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. But merely considering an abstention is unprecedented. Following through on the idea would send shock waves through both the United Nations and Congress.

It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws. And by not actively opposing the resolution, the administration would be effectively siding with the world body against Congress, which has refused to repeal the embargo despite calls from President Barack Obama to do so.
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Putin is really a Muslim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's why he wants to meet with BHO!

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MOSCOW — The most elaborate mosque ever built in Moscow, a city that is home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in Europe, was opened on Wednesday by President Vladimir V. Putin.

Mr. Putin, in brief remarks, called the new, modern mosque the biggest in Europe and said that it was a worthy addition to a capital and a country built on the idea of uniting different nationalities and faiths.
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THIS is why we must elect Trump; so he can build a bigger, more fantastic mosque than any ever seen in Moscow.
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Family Liberty Patriot wrote:THIS is why we must elect Trump; so he can build a bigger, more fantastic mosque than any ever seen in Moscow.
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Volkonski wrote:Putin is really a Muslim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's why he wants to meet with BHO!

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MOSCOW — The most elaborate mosque ever built in Moscow, a city that is home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in Europe, was opened on Wednesday by President Vladimir V. Putin.

Mr. Putin, in brief remarks, called the new, modern mosque the biggest in Europe and said that it was a worthy addition to a capital and a country built on the idea of uniting different nationalities and faiths.
Except perhaps some Cechens and a couple of others that disagree with brotherly uniting...

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Obama will meet Putin next week during the United Nations General Assembly session

President Obama will meet next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the United Nations General Assembly session, despite frosty relations between the two leaders since Russia annexed the Crimea and Russian-backed forces seized eastern portions of Ukraine.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the meeting next week is at Putin’s request and that Ukraine would be at the top of the agenda for Obama. He reiterated that Russian separatist forces in Ukraine were there in a “clear violation of the territorial integrity of that sovereign nation."

The two leaders last spoke by phone in July after negotiators from Iran and six world powers, including the United States and Russia, reached an agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program. Their longest in-person meeting was a 15-minute conversation during the D-Day commemoration in June 2014.

The White House issued a statement saying that despite differences in policy, the two leaders needed to discuss Russia's recent military reinforcement of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and continuing violations of a cease-fire accord for Ukraine that was negotiated by Russian, Ukrainian and European leaders in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
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Pope Arrives at United Nations for Major Speech

UNITED NATIONS — It is the largest gathering of presidents and prime ministers ever at the United Nations. Some of them will assemble here under one roof for the first time in years, and their job will be to wrestle with global crises that they stubbornly disagree on, including climate change, the war in Syria, and a historic exodus of people fleeing conflict and hunger.

But even before they start lecturing one another at the United Nations General Assembly this week, the leaders will come in for a heavy dose of moral flogging by an enormously popular leader known for taking swings at the global elite: Pope Francis. ...

Francis will speak before the General Assembly later this morning, before the official start of a global summit meeting where an ambitious set of development goals are to be adopted, including reducing economic inequality and offering good schools for all.

Lifting up the poor is a signature issue for Francis. Yet, he could give world leaders a tongue lashing for ravaging the environment, failing to protect people from mass atrocities and rejecting refugees who show up at their borders. ...

More than 150 presidents and prime ministers are scheduled to follow Francis at the development summit meeting that starts Friday. Then, on Monday, world leaders are scheduled to begin the annual debate, approaching the podium one by one under the illuminated dome of the General Assembly hall, to advance their agendas and, inevitably, take swipes at their rivals.
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Pope Francis’ Remarks to the United Nations General Assembly
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UN Summit Approves 15-Year Blueprint to Eradicate Poverty

UNITED NATIONS — With the bang of a gavel, international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan Friday to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet to reducing inequality. Now comes the tough part: Drumming up support and money to achieve the goals and transform the world.

Pope Francis gave his backing to the new development agenda in an address to the U.N. General Assembly before the summit to adopt the 17-point plan opened, calling it "an important sign of hope" at a very troubled time in the Middle East and Africa.

When General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft struck his gavel to approve the development road map, leaders and diplomats from the 193 U.N. member states stood and applauded loudly.

Then, the summit immediately turned to the real business of the three-day meeting — implementation of the goals, which is expected to cost $3.5 trillion to $5 trillion every year until 2030.
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As UN Peacekeeping Veers Toward Counterterror, US Steps In ...

Suicide bombings, improvised explosive devices and combatants with little regard for the rules of war are making the work of nearly 125,000 U.N. peacekeepers look more and more like counterterrorism operations.

Some U.N. member states balk at sending their troops into such conditions to protect civilians. Others ask how heavily armored U.N. troops can promote peace. And new allegations of sexual abuses by U.N. peacekeepers expose deep gaps in training and accountability.

President Barack Obama takes on these issues next Monday when he chairs a U.N. meeting aimed at persuading European and other countries to send money, people and high-tech tools to peacekeeping missions in some of the world's volatile places, from South Sudan to the Golan Heights on the Syria-Israel border.

It's a high-profile attempt to shove the "blue helmets" — now engaged in 16 missions at a cost of $8.2 billion — into modern times.
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Kerry says sees opportunity for progress on Syria as he meets Zarif

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he saw an opportunity for progress this week towards ending Syria's four-year civil war, as he met Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday.

Western officials said Kerry wants to launch a new initiative to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict, which has taken on a new urgency in light of Russia's military build-up in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a refugee crisis that has spilled over into Europe.

The new U.S. approach, which officials stressed was in its infancy, could bring Russia, a major ally of Assad, together with countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar that support Syrian opposition groups against Assad.

It is unclear what role, if any, might be played by Iran, which is a long-standing supporter Assad. The United States has long said Assad must go, but in recent weeks has left open the possibility of his staying in power during a transition.

"I view this week as a major opportunity for any number of countries to play an important role in trying to resolve some of the very difficult issues of the Middle East," Kerry told reporters as he and Zarif posed for photographs.
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Mark Zuckerberg: Internet access can eradicate extreme poverty

New York (CNNMoney) — The key to ending extreme poverty? Internet access, according to Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook CEO called for greater global Internet access on Saturday during a speech at the United Nations.

"When communities are connected, we can lift them out of poverty," he said. "We can and must do more."

Zuckerberg said Facebook would be working with the U.N. to help bring Internet access to refugee camps -- especially timely given Europe's current crisis.

Zuckerberg's U.S. partnership is part of the U.N.'s effort to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 — a goal that was set Friday.
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Obama to meet with Raul Castro at United Nations

President Obama will meet with Cuban counterpart Raul Castro at the United Nations on Tuesday to discuss the new emerging relationship between the United States and Cuba.

In a schedule update released Sunday, the White House said that the president "will hold bilateral meetings with President Raul Castro of Cuba and President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan."

This will be the second face-to-face meeting between Obama and Castro since the U.S. and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in late 2014. They met in April on the sidelines of a Summit of Americas meeting in Panama. The two also spoke by phone earlier this month, before the visit of Pope Francis to both Cuba and the United States.

The White House made the announcement as Obama flew to New York City for his annual visit to the United Nations. This is Castro's first trip to the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly.
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Obama, Modi Seek to Strengthen Ties With Summit

NEW DELHI—U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to hold talks Monday, as their two countries continue to tighten strategic and economic ties in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

It will be the third bilateral meeting in one year between the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies. Since Mr. Modi’s election last May, the two men have fostered a personal rapport in an effort to repair the relationship that had careened off course in 2013 amid a bitter row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

Mr. Obama was the guest of honor at India’s Republic Day military parade in January and a hotline to help him stay in touch with the Indian prime minister went live in August. ...

In U.N. speeches and meetings with executives from New York to Silicon Valley, Mr. Modi and his entourage have highlighted the steadily-growing Indian economy’s attractiveness when China is battling economic turmoil and other emerging markets are slowing.
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President Obama Talks Poverty and Hunger at U.N. Summit

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Sunday committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world, telling a global summit that a sweeping new development agenda is "not charity but instead is one of the smartest investments we can make in our own future."

It was the first of two addresses Obama is making at the United Nations. His second on Monday morning, to the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders, will be a broader examination of world issues, especially the ever-more complicated conflict in Syria.

Obama offered a powerful defense of a 15-year development agenda and will require trillions of dollars of effort from countries, companies and civil society.

He told delegates that 800 million men, women and children scrape by on less than $1.25 a day and that billions of people are at risk of dying from preventable diseases. He called it a "moral outrage" that many children are just one mosquito bite away from death.
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Raul Castro meets with Bill Clinton in New York

United Nations, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro, held today a meeting with former U.S. president Bill Clinton as part of his intense agenda in New York where he participates in high-level meetings at the United Nations.

The leader of the Caribbean island and the ex Democrat head of State, who occupied the White House from 1993 and 2001, talked in a New York hotel on several issues. Including the aid to Haiti.

Raul Castro also met this Friday with the mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio and the Prime Minister of Sweden, Kiell Stefan Lofven, meetings that took place at the venue of the Permanent Cuban Mission to the UN.

Since his arrival to New York last Thursday, the President of the Largest of the Antilles has fulfilled a wide program of activities in the context of the summit of the sustainable development objectives from 2015-2030.
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Welp, we'll have to see, Mr. Xi.

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Xi Jinping Vows to ‘Reaffirm’ China’s Commitment to Women’s Rights

UNITED NATIONS — President Xi Jinping of China, under pressure over the jailing of women’s rights activists, promised on Sunday to “reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and women’s development,” as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations gently reminded world leaders to protect “human rights defenders.”

The remarks came at a conference of global leaders on the 20th anniversary of a landmark United Nations summit meeting in Beijing, where world leaders had promised to change their laws and practices to advance gender equality.

China, as the host of that 1995 conference, jointly hosted Sunday’s meeting, which enabled Mr. Xi, analysts said, to highlight his country’s ascendancy on the world stage. Yet the gathering has also exposed tensions between China and the United States on human rights issues, with the American ambassador, Samantha Power, showcasing a campaign to draw attention to political prisoners, including those in China, in the run-up to the event.

The organizer of the conference, U.N. Women, said the event was aimed at extracting specific commitments from presidents and prime ministers, and all made promises of various sorts.
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Obama Tackles Poverty and Sexism in U.N. Speech

UNITED NATIONS — President Obama told a conclave of world leaders here on Sunday that millions of people should be saved through collective action to end extreme poverty and deadly infections, but he did not announce new initiatives to achieve those ends.

“Billions of our fellow human beings are at risk of dying from diseases that we know how to prevent,” Mr. Obama said. “Many children are just one mosquito bite away from death. And that is a moral outrage.” ...

For Mr. Obama, a more perilous part of the 70th annual United Nations General Assembly will begin on Monday, when he is to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to discuss Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria.

But eradicating poverty, particularly in Africa, has been a focus throughout Mr. Obama’s presidency, and administration officials said that his speech on Sunday, at the end of a three-day summit meeting on development, would be valuable even without great new American commitments.

Mr. Obama promised the gathering of world leaders that, having given six such previous speeches, he would be blunt. He proceeded to list what he saw as the major stumbling blocks to ending poverty, including corruption, inequality, sexism, war and climate change.

“One of the best indicators of whether a country will succeed is how it treats its women,” Mr. Obama said, then continued, “And I have to say I do not have patience for the excuse of, ‘Well, we have our own ways of doing things.’ ”

Mr. Obama paused and added: “We understand that there is a long tradition in every society of discriminating against women. But that’s not an excuse.”
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Russia seizes initiative in Syria crisis; France bombs Islamic State ...

As leaders gathered in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said that while it was vital to coordinate efforts against Islamic State militants this was not yet happening.

"I think we have concerns about how we are going to go forward," Kerry told reporters. U.S. officials said Kerry was working on a new political initiative in New York that would include Russia and key regional powers.

A senior State Department official told reporters: "It was a very thorough exchange of views on both the military and the political implications of Russia’s increased engagement in Syria."

Kerry also discussed Syria with Iran's foreign minister during a meeting at the United Nations on Saturday.

It was announced in Baghdad that Russian military officials were working with counterparts from Iran, Syria and Iraq on intelligence and security cooperation to counter Islamic State, which has captured large areas of both Syria and Iraq.

The move was seen in the region as potentially giving Moscow more sway in the Middle East.
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At U.N. Monday, Obama and Putin grapple over the future international order

UNITED NATIONS -- At the United Nations General Assembly Monday, President Obama will make the case for his foreign policy vision in public and in private, as he works to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin closer in line with his own international objectives.

Obama will speak at 10 a.m., as world leaders converged in New York for the U.N.'s 70th General Assembly. Shortly after he finishes, Putin -- here for the first time in a decade -- will deliver his own address.

Putin and Obama will meet Monday evening for their first extended one-on-one session in over a year. The two leaders are slated to talk about how to manage conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, where the two countries are at loggerheads. ...

The ongoing crisis in Syria looms large at this year's gathering. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reminded the audience that after World War II, Europeans were the refugees seeking the world's aid, and they should now extend a similar level of generosity to those fleeing unrest in the Mideast and North Africa.
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At U.N., Obama Makes Forceful Defense of Diplomacy and Rebukes Rivals

UNITED NATIONS — President Obama came to the United Nations on Monday and made a forceful defense of diplomacy but also directly criticized Russia, China and Iran in disputes around the world and indirectly took a swipe at his Republican rivals.

At the annual General Assembly meeting of leaders, Mr. Obama hailed the international system of rules represented by the United Nations, but warned that “dangerous currents risk pulling us back in a dark more disordered world.”

Those dangerous currents include major powers who want to ignore international rules and impose order through force of military power, he said.

“In accordance with this logic, we should support tyrants like Bashar al-Assad who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent civilians because the alternative is surely worse,” he said in comments that were in part directed at President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whom Mr. Obama planned to meet later in the afternoon. ...

Mr. Obama extolled the diplomatic course in which the United States and other world powers had successfully negotiated a nuclear agreement with Iran. And, in one of the first lines to yield cheers, he said that the United States had finally acknowledged that its posture toward Cuba had been wrong and that under his watch, diplomatic relations had been restored.
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I watched and listened to his address. It was wonderful, and makes me proud to say He is My President.

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