27 September 2013 Last updated at 21:07 ET
Syria chemical weapons: UN adopts binding resolution (click here)
At a session in New York, the 15-member body backed the draft document agreed earlier by Russia and the US.The deal breaks a two-and-a-half year deadlock in the UN over Syria, where fighting between government forces and rebels rages on.The vote came after the international chemical watchdog agreed on a plan to destroy Syria's stockpile by mid-2014.....
Excellent. We have come such a long distance in such a short period of time; the peace must have been a priority for the entire time.
This conversation between two Presidents may be viewed as decades a part, however, this is the very first time they have spoken in recognition of a Shi'ite lead nation. It is a first. This has been an absolutely an amazing day.
Obama, Iran’s president discuss nuclear deal (click here)
By Nedra Pickler and Lara Jakes
September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Breaking a third-of-a-century diplomatic freeze, President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday and, in a historic shift from years of unwavering animosity, agreed to work toward resolving their deep dispute over Tehran’s nuclear efforts.
Rouhani, who earlier in the day called the United States a ‘‘great’’ nation, reached out to arrange the 15-minute call. The last direct conversation between the leaders of the two countries was in 1979 before the Iranian Revolution toppled the pro-U.S. shah and brought Islamic militants to power.
Obama said the long break ‘‘underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult history.’’
‘‘While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward, and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution,’’ Obama told reporters at the White House. Iran’s nuclear program has been a major concern not only to the United States but to other Middle Eastern nations — especially Israel — and to the world at large....