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Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest developments from the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

Russia carries out first Syria air strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow's first air strikes in Syria were pre-emptive, warning his country would be hunting down Islamic State militants before they target RussiaRussia launched air strikes in war-torn Syria on Wednesday, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. Russian warplanes carried out strikes in several Syrian provinces along with regime aircraft as Vladimir Putin seeks to steal US President Barack Obama’s thunder by pushing a rival plan to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria. France also raised doubts over whether the Russian raids were aimed at IS amid Western concerns that Moscow may be seeking to buttress Syria’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad.

رفع العلم الفلسطيني في مقر الأمم المتحدة.. وأبومازن: لا يمكن استمرار التزامنا بالاتفاقيات مع إسرائيل

رفع الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس (أبومازن)، الأربعاء، العلم الفلسطيني في مقر الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، بحضور الأمين العام للمنظمة بان كي مون ووزراء خارجية عدة دول.

اعتبرت زيارة أمانو "تفقدية".. طهران: لا زيارات لمجمع "بارشين" العسكري بعد الآن

جدد مسؤولون إيرانيون الأربعاء، رفض طهران قيام مفتشي الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية بـ”تفتيش” مجمع “بارشين” العسكري، الواقع بالقرب من العاصمة الإيرانية، بعد قليل من زيارة مدير الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية، يوكيا أمانو، للمنشأة النووية المثيرة للجدل.

As his jets pound Syria, Putin says hopes Assad ready for political compromise

By Darya Korsunskaya and Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian air strikes in Syria would be limited in scope and that he hoped President Bashar al-Assad was ready for political reform and a compromise for the sake of his country and people. Putin was speaking after the Kremlin launched air strikes against targets in Syria in its biggest intervention in the Middle East in decades, telling the U.S. air force to steer clear while its jets were in action. “A definitive and long-term solution in Syria is only possible on the basis of political reform and on the basis of dialogue between normal forces in the country,” Putin told reporters in Moscow.