President Obama addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations. He calls President Assad of Syria is a “tyrant” and urges the international community to work together to defeat ISIS, and that he is prepared to work with Russia and Iran to resolve the conflict.
By [Russia’s] logic we should support tyrants like Bashar al Assad…because the alternative is surely worse….When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people it’s not a matter of one nation’s internal affairs…There is no room for accommodating an apocalyptic cult like ISIL..We must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo.
On the Iran nuclear deal:
For two years, the United States and our partners including Russia, including China…stuck together…That is the strength of the international system when it works the way it should.
Mugabe rejects extending rights to gay people in Zimbabwe during a speech at the UN General Assembly.
We reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs. We are not gays.
He also criticized US and EU sanctions:
We have peace in Zimbabwe just now. We don’t want war. We don’t want interference. We don’t want to hear of regime change at all.
Francis addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York. He talks about the “grave offense” of economic and social exclusion:
A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged.
He calls on government leaders to ensure their people enjoy the minimum material means needed to live.
In practical terms, this absolute minimum has three names: lodging, labor, and land.
He also urges leaders to fight human trafficking and ban nuclear arms, and work on environmental issues.