World leaders have gathered in New York City for the start of the 59th United Nations General Assembly, which is getting underway with addresses by Secretary General Kofi Annan and President Bush.
Mr. Annan is expected to use his opening speech to emphasize respect for international law. He has said a major theme during the two-week session will be "the rule of law."
Media reports say President Bush's speech will seek to assure the international community that Iraq is on the path to stability and democracy. He is also expected to defend his decision to invade Iraq -- after failing to get U.N. backing for the use of force there.
The president has said his speech will focus on improving the global fight against hunger, disease and terror.
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