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September 23, 2009
Posted: 1622 GMT

Our top story today: day one of the United Nations General Assembly speeches.

As of this writing, we should have heard from six leaders, but thanks to a Moammar Gadhafi's seemingly interminable address, we are about an hour behind schedule.

After U.S. President Obama's speech, Colonel Gadhafi started a disjointed address that included mentions of swine flu, the Panama Canal, ancient Rome and why the United Nations is not a legitimate body, among many topics.

We are hearing reports of diplomats asleep in the chairs and heads of state walking out.

We'll go live to New York for analysis with our senior U.N. Correspondent Richard Roth.

We will also cross over live to Suzanna Malveaux to ask about Barack Obama's first United Nations Assembly address.

Also today, the latest on the tense situation in Honduras. Our John Zarella is in neighboring El Salvador and will join us live. OUsted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya is still holed up inside the Brazilian embassy in the country's capital and there are reports of violence between Zelaya supporters and government backers.

If times permits, we will bring you the latest business and weather headlines, including a rising death toll associated with the historic flooding in the U.S. state Georgia.

See you at the IDesk!

Hala

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Jerry Martin Davis   September 23rd, 2009 5:18 pm ET

Good day . Uno : please do not put Obama and Gadhafi in the same spot on the screen , it´s horrible . And please , if you are going to translate what other leaders are saying , please , use english speakers or subtitles , because i do believe that the mayor conflict between nations at the UN is the lack of understanding of what is said by being translated by foreigners that speak Ok english .... Thanks ... JMD

Louis Serfontein   September 23rd, 2009 8:22 pm ET

Ghadafi is a power hungry dictator and like all non-democratically elected head of state should ideally not even be allowed to address the General Assembly let alone serve in any vetoing capacity – and democracy in this sense does not refer to Zimbabwean-style representation either. With regards to the permanent representation of the AU – guess who is the chairman of this “democratic” continent? You guessed it!

Itai   September 23rd, 2009 10:27 pm ET

who to hell like Gadhafi?
he is a crazy mad man! at his side ahmadinijad is like a schoolboy!

but if Gadhafi calls all the nuclear powers world terrorists...

who can deny this?

this nasty boy was somehow right!

nukes are to make fear and to kill people
nukes are full of radioactive trash and this will, if uses, kill people over generations
on earth nukes are as i guess the most terrible weapons which menkind ever created

so who ever have nukes is now a nice guy
or as he said a world terrorist?

in that case only inhumane idiots can disagree with him!

who ever have nukes one of the bigest terrorists
including USA russia china israel india and all the other terrorists of the woerst class

Andy   October 1st, 2009 3:08 pm ET

I noticed on the newscast today that another individual expressed his opinion by throwing a shoe at somebody’s head. Whatever you think of the speaker, the speaker has the right to express themselves.

So I thought, how can we prevent this kind of behavior? Why not modify andd license a certain technology to any country that wants it — and here I’m referring to electronic ankle bracelets. Any person convicted of throwing a shoe at somebody should be strapped into one of these things, which would detect whether they wore a shoe on that foot henceforth. If they do, they would be fined.

The deterrent message being, if you’re okay with throwing a shoe at somebody, maybe you don’t need to own anymore for the rest of your life. Actions should have consequences. Thanks.

Antoine Evans   February 19th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

You have really great taste on catch article titles, even when you are not interested in this topic you push to read it

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