Pope's blessing, Netanyahu's silence: Key UN summit moments

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Posted: Oct 03, 2015 7:47 PM
Pope's blessing, Netanyahu's silence: Key UN summit moments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Barack Obama and even celebrities like Daniel Craig and Shakira dropped by a whirlwind U.N. summit that drew more than 150 world leaders, a record, and ended Saturday afternoon. Here are some notable moments:

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"May the Almighty bless this assembly, and may its service to the international community be marked by fraternity, solidarity and justice."

— Pope Francis' inscription in the U.N. visitors' book, shortly before a speech to world leaders

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"We must do everything we can to close the gap between the world as it is, and the world as it should be."

— U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a speech three days after world leaders adopted a sweeping set of global development goals

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"Dangerous currents risk pulling us back into a darker, more disordered world."

— Obama, in a speech shortly before Putin arrived

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"We believe it's a huge mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian authorities, with the government forces, those who are bravely fighting terror face-to-face."

— Putin, in a speech two days before Russia announced airstrikes in Syria

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"We will not forget the past, but we do not wish to live in the past."

— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a speech shortly before Obama and Iran's foreign minister shook hands on the sidelines

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"When and how did fear and intimidation creep so insidiously into our conversation when there is so much more to be said about the love of God?"

— Jordan's King Abdullah II, in a speech defending the kinder side of Islam

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"How can you urge an anti-terrorist coalition if you inspire terrorism right in front of your door?"

— Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a speech criticizing Russia

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"We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements and that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying power."

— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech shortly before the Palestinians raised their flag at U.N. headquarters for the first time

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"Iran's rulers promise to destroy my country. Murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing! Utter silence! Deafening silence," and then 47 seconds of silence.

— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a speech criticizing the world's response to what he called Iran's intent to destroy Israel

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"Terrorism cannot be fought only from the air, and all of the previous operations to combat it have only served its spread and outbreak."

— Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, in a speech calling airstrikes against the Islamic State group "useless" unless coordinated with his government

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"If it looks like a terrorist, if it acts like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it's a terrorist, right?"

— Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, to reporters' questions about the targets of Russia's airstrikes in Syria