Patrick Goodenough

Amid protests in Iran triggered by the death in custody of a young woman arrested over improper hijab wear, an Iranian-born actor and rights advocate says she hopes female officials and journalists meeting with Iran’s president in New York don’t follow headscarf stipulations, as an act of “solidarity with the people of Iran.”

U.N. Security Council foreign ministers on Thursday roundly condemned the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, but their Russian colleague in an apparent show of contempt entered the chamber just in time to deliver a statement, before walking out again.

Wading into a decades-old debate, President Biden told the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday the U.S. supports increasing the number of U.N. Security Council permanent seats to make it “more inclusive.”

President Biden in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday expressed support for Iranians protesting against the regime. He also restated his backing for diplomatic efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Wednesday President Biden was hoping to “appease with yet another terrible nuclear deal” and “enrich with hundreds of billions of dollars” a regime responsible for the death in custody of a young woman that has sparked growing protests in Iran.

Leaving behing widening anti-regime protests at home, Iran’s U.S.-sanctioned president arrived in New York on Monday and used a U.N. platform to speak out against “hegemony” and tout Iran’s culture, “spirituality and ethics.”

Taliban leaders and fighters gave a hero’s welcome on Monday to Bashir Noorzai, a convicted Taliban-associated heroin trafficker, freed in an exchange for U.S. national Mark Frerichs, held hostage by terrorists for more than two years.

President Biden said in a CBS News’ “60 Minutes” interview aired on Sunday night that if President Vladimir Putin was considering using tactical nuclear or chemical weapons in the face of Russian setbacks in his war in Ukraine, he would tell him, “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.”

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said last week the Biden administration has “some concern” about sweeping bipartisan Senate legislation designed to strengthen U.S. support for Taiwan.

According to the Palestinian representative to the U.N., P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas discussed with President Biden at their July meeting the issue of full U.N. membership for the “State of Palestine.” Riyad Mansour voiced “cautious optimism” about the new push.