UN General Assembly: U.S. President Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will both be in the spotlight today (Tuesday) at the United Nations General Assembly's opening session in New York. Mr. Bush will address the world body and defend his call for sanctions against Iran. Washington is advising global leaders to pressure Tehran to heed international demands to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
Hungary-Pol: Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany says he is determined to prevent a crisis in the country after riots overnight in the capital, Budapest. Hundreds of protesters demanding that Mr. Gyurcsany resign threw stones, set cars on fire, and briefly occupied the state television building. Police fired water cannons and tear gas at the rioters.
IMF/World Bank: The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have opened their annual meetings, (held this year) in Singapore, with calls for more help for developing nations and another effort to restart global trade talks. The I.M.F. managing director, Rodrigo de Rato, urged the World Trade Organization's (149) member nations to salvage global trade negotiations that broke down in July over farm trade disagreements, because ( -- in his words -- ) "the stakes are too high to accept failure."
Pope-Islam: The Vatican says it is sending envoys to meet with political and religious leaders in Muslim countries in an effort to defuse anger over Pope Benedict's recent controversial remarks about Islam. Officials say the envoys will explain the pope's speech, which quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who said some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad brought evil and inhumane forces to the world.
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