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THE WORLD IN TROUBLE – Is there still a need for the UN?

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As the UN’s annual main policymaking gathering gets underway in NYC— questions about the need for and purpose behind the organization are being revived

On Wednesday, world leaders descended upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

But hanging over the annual meetings is a new threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin to wage nuclear war months after he launched a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine.

There’s also huge concern that China could follow suit and invade Twain.

In his speech to the 77th Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden condemned Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, saying it attempted to “erase a sovereign state from the map.”

The president also reacted to Russian President Putin’s speech mobilizing more reservists to fight in the war in Ukraine.

President Biden called out Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons, as well as his planned “sham referenda” aimed at annexing Russian-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.

The president pledged to stand with Ukraine while fighting against Russian aggression. He also called on the United Nations to do the same.

However, many critics say President Biden want’s tough enough as he did not and will not call for Russia be removed from the U.N. Security Council even as Putin renews threats of nuclear weapon use hours before the General Assembly.

Meanwhile, the on-going war in Europe is reviving questions about the need for and purpose behind the United Nations which U.S. taxpayers help prop up with billions of dollars every year.

China is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council yet continues to commit genocide among Uighur Muslims and Russia, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council has the power to veto anything that Russia doesn’t like. These and other shortcomings are prompting calls that the U.N. is falling short of its international expectations.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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