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Into the Heart of Darkness: Obama Addresses ISIS, Ebola and Ukraine in UN Address (Video)

Into the Heart of Darkness: Obama Addresses ISIS, Ebola and Ukraine in UN Address (Video)
President Obama, in his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, cited "the cancer of violent extremism" in the Middle East as the single issue that could derail future global progress, and said six years into his presidency that the world is at a crossroads. He specifically called on Muslim communities in the region to confront the threat of extremism and reject such ideology.
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UN: Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq Reaches 'Level 3 Emergency'

UN: Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq Reaches 'Level 3 Emergency'
The U.N. on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants across the north of the country. The declaration of a "Level 3 Emergency" will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of those displaced, said U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov, who pointed to the "scale and complexity of the current humanitarian catastrophe."
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Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
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Supply of Unproven Ebola Drug Now Exhausted, as People Continue to Die from Outbreak

Supply of Unproven Ebola Drug Now Exhausted, as People Continue to Die from Outbreak
A leading physician in Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment. There was very little of the experimental treatment available, which has stoked debate about ethics on who should get it even though it hasn't been tested in humans. There is no way of knowing if the drug, known as ZMapp, made a difference in the few people who have gotten the now-exhausted supply of the drug.
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Clarence Roy-Macaulay and Maria Cheng
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UN Secretary General Bashes Russia's Olympic Gay-Bashing

UN Secretary General Bashes Russia's Olympic Gay-Bashing
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Thursday, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.
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Scarlett Johansson Criticized for Choosing SodaStream Endorsement Deal Over Human Rights Organization

Scarlett Johansson Criticized for Choosing SodaStream Endorsement Deal Over Human Rights Organization
Scarlett Johansson chose her lucrative endorsement deal with SodaStream – roundly criticized for producing its wares in an illegal settlement in occupied Palestine – over her position on the board of the charity OxFam. OxFam gave her an ultimatum, firmly believing one could not both support human rights within the charity and receive payment from a company against whom that charity is fighting.
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Plan Finalized to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons: What Does It Look Like? Who's Paying for It?

Plan Finalized to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons: What Does It Look Like? Who's Paying for It?
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has finalized its plan for the destruction of Syria's stockpile of weapons and precursor chemicals, with the most toxic material to be destroyed at sea aboard a U.S. ship. But factors beyond the Nobel Peace Prize-winning watchdog's control could lead to delays.
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Mike Cordor
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Syrian Government and Opposition to Meet for the First Time Since Civil War Began

Syrian Government and Opposition to Meet for the First Time Since Civil War Began
Syria's government and opposition will meet for the first time in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, the United Nations said Monday. Previous attempts to bring the two sides together have failed, mainly because of disputes over who should represent the opposition and the government, Syrian President Bashar Assad's future role in the country, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table.
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John Heilprin
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Opponents of International Disabilities Treaty: More Abortions If Disabled are Guaranteed Equal Rights

Opponents of International Disabilities Treaty: More Abortions If Disabled are Guaranteed Equal Rights
The Obama administration is pushing for ratification of a U.N. accord on the rights of the disabled less than a year after Senate Republicans rejected pleas for its passage from two former GOP presidential nominees and delivered a stinging rebuke to a global treaty modeled largely on American law.
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Bradley Klapper
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International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage

International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage
A new study released today at the UN climate conference underway in Warsaw, Poland, finds that new coal plants cannot be built if we are to keep global warming below the 2° Celsius threshold. That is, unless the coal industry can deploy commercial-scale carbon capture and storage. That is, in and of itself, a near impossibility.
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UN Inspectors Begin Efforts to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

UN Inspectors Begin Efforts to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons
Inspectors entrusted with the enormous task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles began their mission Monday, flying to Lebanon en route to Syria, where their first priority will be to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline. Syria's Foreign Minister said the government refuses to sit down for talks with members of the main Western-backed opposition groups, putting a damper on U.S.-Russian efforts to hold a peace conference with the two sides by mid-November.
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Albert Aji
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