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The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken to the stage before his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
The US Mission to the UN will leave the room for his speech. A spokeswoman for the Mission said she was expecting him to expound "paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against Israel".
The French president has called for the UN to provide immediate protection to areas of Syria liberated by rebels.
In his first speech before the UN General Assembly, President Francois Hollande said that the Syrian regime "has no future among us".
President Obama took a brief detour from the election campaign trail to give a speech before the UN General Assembly today.
His message was one of peace - seeking to distance his nation from the inflammatory video that caused protests across the Muslim world - but also to address concerns at home, namely that the US is not standing up to Iran.
ITV News' Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has said in a speech before the UN General Assembly that it would be better for Arab countries to intervene in Syria than western ones. Speaking through an interpreter, he said:
The central message of President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly was one of unity and shared goals, and a rejection of intolerance. He said:
President Obama has accused Iran of helping to keep a dicatorship in power in Syria and said it was time to isolate those who made hatred of the US, Israel or the West their central political principle.
He told the UN General Assembly: "Just as it restricts the rights of its own people, the Iranian government props up a dictator [President Bashar al-Assad] in Damascus and supports terrorist groups abroad."
He also said that the US is determined to resolve the issue of Iran's secretive nuclear programme through diplomacy, but that "time is not unlimited". He added that a nuclear armed Iran could "not a challenge that can be contained".
President Obama is attacking the "politics of division" that pits East against West.
He said that burning an American flag will "do nothing to educate a child" and attacking an Embassy "won't create a single job".
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