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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 27, 2012.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 27, 2012.

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World leaders spoke this week at the United Nations General Assembly.
 
President Obama called on the leaders to speak out forcefully against what he called the politics of division and violence. He talked about the killing this month of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya. He said the attack was "not simply an assault on America," but "on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded."
 
BARACK OBAMA: "If we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis. Because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common. Today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers."
 
Mr. Obama called the anti-Muslim video that incited violence in many countries "crude and disgusting" and an insult to Muslims and to the United States. But he defended the protection of free speech in America.
 
On the subject of Syria, he said the government of President Bashar al-Assad must come to an end.
 
BARACK OBAMA: "If there is a cause that cries out for protest in the world today, peaceful protest, it is a regime that tortures children and shoots rockets at apartment buildings."
 
Mr. Obama said the time for a diplomatic solution with Iran over its nuclear program is not unlimited. He said the United States will do what it must to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon.
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said time is running out.
 
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: "There is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs -- and that's by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program. [Applause] Red lines don't lead to war, red lines prevent war."
 
The Israeli leader used a cartoon-like image of a bomb to show that a red line must be drawn on Iran's ability to enrich uranium.
 
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: "And by next spring, at most by next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and moved on to the final stage."
 
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Friday.  
 
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of letting settlers carry out "a campaign of ethnic cleansing" against his people. He and other leaders in this story are heard through an interpreter.
 
MAHMOUD ABBAS (INTERPRETER): "Israel refuses to end the occupation and refuses to allow the Palestinian people to attain their rights and freedom, and rejects the establishment of the state of Palestine."
 
Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, made his first speech to the General Assembly. He said the most important issue facing the world is the need to settle the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
 
On the conflict in Syria, President Morsi urged the opposition to propose a united vision of a democratic change of power.
 
MOHAMED MORSI (INTERPRETER): "After this regime comes to an end, the Syrian people will choose, with their own free will, a regime that represents it and places Syria in its right place among democratic countries."
 
Burma's President Thein Sein also spoke to the General Assembly.
 
THEIN SEIN (INTERPRETER): "Myanmar should be viewed from a different and new perspective."
 
The former general said his country is on an unstoppable path toward democracy. The United States said this week that it will begin easing restrictions on the import of Burmese products.
 
And Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad avoided most of his usual attacks on the United States and Israel. This was Mr. Ahmadinejad's eighth and final message to the General Assembly.
 
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.
 
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by: ngawang from: tibet
10/12/2012 4:02 AM
I think in the syria people to hard goverment killing to much people but some counrty not hope this is very bad work


by: TKY from: Chiba, Japan
10/11/2012 4:32 PM
Unless these problems is solved, the world situation will remain confusion. What a regrettable thing!! I hope the leaders come up with convincing ideas ASAP.


by: DenisB. AOR-251 from: Russia
10/05/2012 1:11 PM
I think the situation with Iran nuclear company and the USA, is quite paradoxical, contradictory and dangerous. And it’s very dangerous because this political conflict is full of provocations and aggressiveness from both sides. America stands against any sorts of Iran nuclear developments, and it has support from others countries, but definitely, Iran is not going to stop their development. And this conflict is always “heating” by provocations from both sides. I won’t try to analyze the reason of American government’s actions, it’s possible that the U.S. really tries to save the world from alleged enemy, who wants to reach the powerful weapon. But it’s also possible that the U.S. is just trying to take one more Middle-East country under their control, and we all know that sooner or later, it’ll end with American troops “spreading Democracy” in Teheran. And I think that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clearly understands it, and some-why continues to provoke America and just gives a reason to America to act.
I hope that both sides will keep peace, at least till 2013, when Mr. Ahmadinejad will leave policy, and new Iran leader, by cooperating with Europe and American government, will solve this problem peacefully.


by: aydee garcia from: el colegio, colombia
10/02/2012 2:58 AM
I think religion and all aspects about that is so sacred, we have to respect gods and beliefs. musulman people give their life for the god.


by: Sei from: South Korea
09/30/2012 11:02 PM
There has been a long conflict between the middle-east countries and U.S.A. For now, U.S.A. holds the dominant postion in power compared to Mideast. As a result, Mideast countrities are being forced to follow American's tastes in all divisions. I think that such a pressure on the Middle-east countries has been bringing about many disputes in their society.
U.S.A. tends to intrude on the Middle countries's matters.


by: Anonymous
09/30/2012 2:04 PM
It seems that there is only china whose leader doesn't attend this assembly in those big countries .


by: Luiz Baeta from: Brazil
09/29/2012 11:15 AM
Onge again VOA ignores completely all issues related to South American countries. Dilma Roussef, the Brazilian president, made the important opening speech an no mention about that.

But there is no surprise as all US media thinkks the world is limited to issues that affect them, politically or economicly.

Luiz

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by: João from: Brazil
10/04/2012 2:56 PM
It is because the USA think that Brazil and as well all Latin America Countries are its back yard.

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by: PJ from: Rio
10/02/2012 4:30 PM
I completely agree with you Luiz. There is no news about Brazil, for exemple. It's very bad because Brazil has the second biggest ecomomy in America and there are many English students living here.

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by: gas bon
10/01/2012 11:21 AM
I hope the world to be peace.no is e.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
09/30/2012 9:38 AM
Hi Luiz, You have good reason to say so. Now I have noticed that VOA has menu of USA, AFRICA, ASIA, MIDEAST and EUROPE. Surely SOUTH AMERICA is omitted. Why? It seems some menu for SOUTH and MIDDLE AMERICA should be prepared in VOA.


by: AHMED from: EGYPT
09/29/2012 9:51 AM
Today the whole world suffering lot of the violence and troubles especialy the Middle east area where has been witnessing what called the Arab Sprng THE Palestinain and Israeli conflict , the war aganist the terrorism ,as well as the iranian nuclear file . In my humble opinion all these cases back to the incorrect policy that THE United State Of America is applicating it with the third world countries .For instance :dealing THE USA with the Palestinian case ,and how far USA and Israel do not have any real intention to solution it from its roots by recognition the Palestinain state on 1967 borders as MR Obama said .If that has done. The middle east will enjoy the sability after that we can confront to the terrorists who destroying the image of Islam and purification the world of them while the iranian nucear file will be solved by creation new world free of the nuclear weapons that represent a huge danger to the life as we have seen in japan last year and Israel has to be first country close its the nuclear reactors have instead of talking about irnian program and its threat direct a militry hit to Iran . Israel will never afford its results .fina lly all thank to MR Obama for his refusing anti muslim film whish will never revenge from islam and the best prophet the world has seen.thank you. yours failfully


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
09/29/2012 3:24 AM
Every countires spoke their own conerns and opinion in the U.N. General aassenbly. I know only a little about miidle East conflicts. But it seems for me not-persuasive that those who already have something attractive urge others who don't have it not to get it.


by: schiju from: Bangladesh
09/29/2012 12:33 AM
very nice the file can be opened very easily, thank you VOA

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by: Paulo from: São Paulo
10/03/2012 5:34 PM
Vai Corinthians!!!!

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