American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures
September 25th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year ago

American-Jewish leaders cautiously embrace Obama Iran overtures

Washington (CNN) – Several leaders in the American Jewish community cautiously embraced President Barack Obama's call to engage in dialogue with the Iranian government however expressed much skepticism over whether President Hassan Rouhani can be trusted.

Preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program – and possibly gaining a nuclear bomb – is one of the top priorities for Israel and for American-Jewish leaders.
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Filed under: Iran • Israel • President Obama • United Nations
September 25th, 2012
02:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama speaks to U.N. amid foreign policy criticism from Romney, Ryan

Washington (CNN) – Amid criticism from his Republican opponent that his foreign policy "projects weakness," President Barack Obama confronted Iran and Syria on Tuesday and warned those who killed an American diplomat in Libya that they would be tracked down.

"The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America," Obama told the United Nations General Assembly. "...And there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • United Nations
Live Blog: Obama addresses United Nations General Assembly
September 25th, 2012
10:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Live Blog: Obama addresses United Nations General Assembly

(CNN) - President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. Follow along on CNN's Live Blog.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • United Nations
Mideast unrest and Iran on Obama's list for United Nations
September 21st, 2012
08:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Mideast unrest and Iran on Obama's list for United Nations

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will likely address the recent unrest in the Muslim world, including in Libya, when he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, according to administration officials.

He is expected to once again reject the views in the controversial video that is thought to have instigated the violence that resulted in the death of four Americans in Benghazi, one official said, while underscoring that violence is never acceptable.
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Filed under: 2012 • Middle East • President Obama • United Nations
What's with Newt Gingrich and Agenda 21?
November 18th, 2011
08:12 PM ET
3 years ago

What's with Newt Gingrich and Agenda 21?

(CNN) - If you weren't listening closely to Newt Gingrich at the last GOP debate, you might have missed it.

"I would adopt a very strong policy towards the United Nations of dramatically taking on its absurdities," the former House Speaker said. "I would explicitly repudiate what Obama has done on Agenda 21 as the kind of interference from the United Nations," he then added.

Did you catch that? Agenda 21. What exactly is Agenda 21?
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • United Nations
CNN Poll: Democrats and Republicans don't see eye-to-eye over Palestinian statehood
Supporters hold signs as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the crowd at his Ramallah headquarters on September 25, 2011 in Ramallah, West Bank.
September 28th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Democrats and Republicans don't see eye-to-eye over Palestinian statehood

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans don't think that the Palestinians should be allowed to become full members of the United Nations, according to a new national survey. And the CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that only four in ten support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza, but that there's a wide partisan divide over the issue.

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Ed Koch reverses track, backs Obama
September 27th, 2011
02:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Ed Koch reverses track, backs Obama

(CNN) - Just weeks after Ed Koch sought to send a message to the White House on Israel by helping the GOP win a high-profile special election, the former New York City mayor said he's back on course with President Barack Obama.

"I believe the recent vote in the 9th Congressional District in New York affected in a positive way the policy of the U.S. on the Mideast," Koch said in a statement Tuesday, citing Obama's speech at the United Nations last week. "I'm now on board the Obama Reelection Express."
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Filed under: Ed Koch • Israel • New York • President Obama • United Nations
BLITZER’S BLOG: My chance to chat with Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad
September 22nd, 2011
06:21 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: My chance to chat with Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad

New York (CNN) – I had a rare opportunity to talk directly with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today at a press event he held in New York after he addressed the UN General Assembly.

By most accounts, Ahmadinejad’s views are way out there. He stuck to his favorite talking points on a variety of topics ranging from America’s troubles, Israel, the uprising in the Middle East, and homosexuality. When faced with negative questions about Iran, Ahmadinejad knew how to quickly deflect and turn it back toward the flaws of the United States. In our one-hour together, the Iranian leader was asked about several of those issues.

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BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama avoids tough talk on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
September 21st, 2011
04:02 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama avoids tough talk on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

New York (CNN) – I listened closely to President Obama's United Nations General Assembly speech. He certainly touched on most of the major international issues, although often he offered diplomatic nuances on sensitive subjects.

On Iran's nuclear program: "The Iranian government cannot demonstrate that its program is peaceful, has not met its obligations, and rejected offers that would provide it with peaceful nuclear power."

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Obama addresses U.N. General Assembly
September 21st, 2011
10:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama addresses U.N. General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama, who took office when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were raging, told the U.N. General Assembly that the "tide of war is receding."

Obama spoke Wednesday amid dramatic changes seen across the globe in the past year, particularly in the Arab world, and his remarks come as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urges the United Nations to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

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