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September 27, 2018

World leaders are at the United Nations for their annual U.N. General Assembly gathering that lasts several days. Here are the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:

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UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. By Jennifer Peltz. By Jennifer Peltz and Angela Charlton. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Developing throughout the day. AP Photos.

UNITED NATIONS-REFUGEES

Facing financial crisis after the United States cut funding, the head of the U.N. agency that protects Palestinian refugees said that the problem of their well-being will continue to exist whether there’s money or not. As he sat for an interview with The Associated Press about the agency’s future, the Palestinian leader said at the U.N. General Assembly that U.S. officials “just want to obliterate it altogether.” By Edith M. Lederer. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video.

UNITED NATIONS-MALAYSIA-MAHATHIR REDUX

For a few seconds, Mahathir Mohamad looked his age. The 93-year-old prime minister of Malaysia wobbled a bit as he took hold of the railing, cautiously mounted the four stairs to the stage of the Asia Society and shuffled to the podium. Then he faced the crowd packed into the large auditorium, smiled broadly and began talking — and the years, maybe even a decade or two, seemed to melt away. Mahathir, the once and current leader Malaysia, has returned to the United Nations for his first General Assembly in nearly a generation. By Foster Klug. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos, video, by 3 p.m. ET.By Foster Klug. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos, video, by 3 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS-WASHED AWAY?

Their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue on most maps, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share the same podium as presidents and prime ministers from the world’s most powerful nations, and their message is clear: global warming is changing our lives, and it will change yours too. By Frank Jordans. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 7 p.m..

UNITED NATIONS-FIVE QUOTES

Five interesting quotes (short and long alike) from speechmakers who are NOT the center of attention at the General Assembly. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m.

UNITED NATIONS-SOUTHEAST ASIA’S DILEMMA

Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders appearing at the United Nations in one day present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human-rights problems that follow it like a bad smell. On the one hand is Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammed, who at 93 has shed his authoritarian past and charged back onto the international stage. On the other is Cambodia’s Hun Sen, who has ruled his nation with political guile and brute force for three decades. It is ever thus with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an unwieldy mix of democracies and autocracies where the politics struggles to keep pace with social change. By Matthew Pennington. UPCOMING: 900 words and photos, by 11 p.m.

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Here are some of our highlights at this hour: XUN137, XUN125, JDX103, JDX109, JDX106, NYCR101, XUN105, XUN102

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