HAPPY UNITED NATIONS DAY!


UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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“Experts begin destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal”


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By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News

Khaled Al-Hariri / Reuters U.N. vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) return to their hotel in Damascus on Oct. 6.

Khaled Al-Hariri / Reuters
U.N. vehicles transporting a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) return to their hotel in Damascus on Oct. 6.

A team of international experts began the process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons on Sunday, according to the United Nations.

The group consists of international inspectors from the Netherlands-based watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons along with a U.N. team.

Under their supervision, “Syrian personnel used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items,” said Eri Kaneko, associate spokeswoman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon‘s office.

“This included missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment. The process will continue in the coming days,” she added.

The disarmament team arrived in Damascus on Tuesday.

Their mission follows a deadly chemical attack on Aug. 21 aimed at Damascus suburbs under the control of rebel fighters.

While the United States, its allies and the opposition blame the regime of the embattled President Bashar Assad for the attack that killed hundreds, the Syrian government has blamed the rebels.

The attack also prompted the Obama administration to threaten the Syrian regime with military strikes, which set off weeks of diplomatic negotiations that ended with a U.N. resolution on Sept. 27.

More than 100,000 have died since the conflict in Syria began in 2011 with demonstrations that have since degenerated into a bloody civil war.

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“Rouhani: Iran not a threat, sanctions are ‘violent’


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By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

NEW YORKIranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that his country poses “absolutely no threat to the world,” and sanctions that have crippled its economy are “violent — pure and simple.”

In his first address to the world body, hours after President Barack Obama spoke, Rouhani also said he is prepared to engage in “time-bound” talks to resolve the dispute over Tehran‘s nuclear program.

Rouhani’s closely watched visit to the United Nations followed a series of diplomatic overtures the centrist-leaning cleric has made to the West since he was elected to replace hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and he stressed his moderate credentials.”

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WORLD AWAITS DEBUT OF IRAN’S PRESIDENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS


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Will they or won’t they?
Obama and Rouhani
could make history with a handshake

President Obama and his Iranian counterpart will both be at the U.N. on Tuesday, and any interaction could be game-changing for two countries whose leaders haven’t met in three decades.

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