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Syrian conflict tops United Nations chief's list of final appeals

Syrian conflict tops United Nations chief's list of final appeals

US President Barack Obama has announced a pledge by 50 nations to take in 360,000 refugees from war-torn countries this year.

"And if we were to turn refugees away simply due to their background or religion, or, for example, because they are Muslim, then we would be reinforcing terrorist propaganda that nations like my own are somehow opposed to Islam, which is an ugly lie that must be rejected in all of our countries by upholding the values of pluralism and diversity", he said at the summit attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bangladesh Prime Minsiter Sheikh Hasina.

Sharif shot back that Pakistan has suffered from spillover of Afghanistan's internal conflicts for more than three decades and "progress will be assured only when the Afghan parties themselves conclude that there is no military solution to the Afghan war".

At the heart of that approach, Mr Obama said, was the notion that the biggest conflicts were best solved when nations cooperated rather than tackling them individually.

"I called this summit because this crisis is one of the most urgent tasks for our time, our capacity for collective action", the USA leader said in his final address to the UN General Assembly.

Obama is speaking at a U.S. -Africa Business Forum on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

A day before meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he drew a parallel between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need to respect racial minority groups in the U.S. And surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it can not permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land, he added.

Urging people everywhere "to become warriors for the plant", U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he is confident of reaching the magic number of 55 percent before the next United Nations climate conference, which starts November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco.

The U.S. has imposed targeted sanctions against Mugabe and 97 others, citing human rights abuses and evidence of electoral fraud.

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In what appeared to be a dig at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he added: "The world is too small for us to simply be able to build a wall and prevent (extremism) from affecting our own societies".

Mr Obama lamented that the world has become safer and more prosperous at the same time that nations are struggling with a devastating refugee crisis, terrorism and a breakdown in basic order in the Middle East.

"Refugees are subject to more rigorous screening than the average tourist".

Ban looked towards Barack Obama, he was sitting at few distance at head table, and said, "Mr President, we need to find something to do!"

Obama also said the world's richest economies should aid economically ailing countries worldwide, something he said was "not charity" but essential for security.

Mr Obama welcomed the pledges of increased assistance.

Such ideals, he said, strengthen his patriotism and make his country stronger. My message to all is clear: serve your people.

Information for this article was contributed by Josh Lederman, Darlene Superville and Kevin Freking of The Associated Press and by Greg Jaffe and David Nakamura of The Washington Post.

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