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President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Building. (Sept. 21, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The 66th annual session of the U.N. General Assembly started September 21, 2011 in New York, bringing world leaders, protesters, and new traffic patterns to New York's streets.

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, holds
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Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, holds a copy of the letter requesting Palestinian statehood as he speaks during the United Nations General Assembly September 23, 2011 at UN headquarters in New York.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is greeted before
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is greeted before the start of speeches at the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. (Sept. 21, 2011)

President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General
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President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Building. (Sept. 21, 2011)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is greeted before
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is greeted before the start of speeches at the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. (Sept. 21, 2011)

An NYPD officer directs traffic outside of the
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An NYPD officer directs traffic outside of the United Nations as world leaders arrive in New York for the start of the UN General Assembly in New York City. The annual event, which will be dominated this year by the Palestinians' bid for full UN membership, gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues. (Sept. 19, 2011)

A truck drives through midtown traffic with a
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A truck drives through midtown traffic with a billboard critical of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as world leaders arrive in New York for the start of the United Nations General Assembly. The annual event, which will be dominated this year by the Palestinians' bid for full membership, gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues. (Sept. 19, 2011)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with U.S. President
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at the United Nations on Sept. 20, 2011, in New York City. According to reports that day, former Afghan President Buranuddin Rabbani, the leader of the High Peace Council, was assassinated by a suicide bomber in his home in Kabul. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, bottom, signs a book
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, bottom, signs a book while surrounded by his advisors before a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 19, 2011.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for a high-level
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for a high-level meeting Libya at United Nations headquarters in New York as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on. (Sept. 20, 2011)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during a high-level
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during a high-level meeting at Libya at United Nations headquarters in New York. Sarkozy told the Libyans: Have the courage to forgive. (Sept. 20, 2011)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, greets the
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, greets the head of Libya's National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, second from right, at UN headquarters. (Sept. 20, 2011)

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Libya
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US President Barack Obama speaks at the Libya Contact Group Meeting at the United Nations North Lawn Building at the United Nations. (Sept. 20, 2011)

US President Barack Obama greets Qatar's Amir Hamad
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US President Barack Obama greets Qatar's Amir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani as he arrives for the Libya Contact Group Meeting at the United Nations North Lawn Building at the United Nations. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he arrives
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he arrives for the 66th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. (Sept. 20, 2011)

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Libyan Transitional
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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil at the United Nations North Lawn Building at the United Nations. (Sept. 20, 2011)

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 66th
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, arrives for
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, arrives for the 66th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives at his hotel
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives at his hotel in New York to attend the 66th General Assembly session of United Nations, which begins Sept. 20. The United States and Europe scrambled Sept. 18, for a strategy that would help avoid a showdown over whether to admit an independent Palestine as a new United Nations member. (Sept. 19, 2011)

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