UN General Assembly begins

Leader meet in New York, major speech from Obama
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US President Barack Obama speaks at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York City. More than 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week at the UN for the annual meeting. (Getty Images)
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President of Iran Hassan Rouhani sits before speaking at the United Nations General Assembly. The 68th General Assembly is likely to be dominated by Syria's civil war and Iran's suspected nuclear ambitions. (Getty Images)
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Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly. (Getty Images)
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Brazilian President Dilma Roussef speaks at the General Assembly meeting. (Getty Images)
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the opening of the annual United Nations General Assembl. The use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iran's nuclear ambitions are expected to feature heavily during the assembly. (Getty Images)
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Malawi President Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda addresses the UN General Assembly. (Getty Images)
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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez also spoke at the General Assembly. (Getty Images)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke on the sidelines of the General Assembly, before shaking hands in front of the world’s media. (Getty Images)
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the assembly, but there were some empty seats as a small number of delegates did not attend his speech in protest at Iran’s perceived nuclear ambitions. (Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a bilateral meeting at the UN headquarters. (Getty Images)
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during a luncheon for delegates and heads of state at the United Nations General Assembly. (Getty Images)
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