Watch live: world leaders take to UN stage

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Watch live: world leaders take to UN stage

A marathon of speeches gets underway on Monday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York where world leaders are holding their annual gathering.

Syria’s civil war looks set to dominate discussions.

Those making rare appearances for the UN’s 70th anniversary include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Cuban leader Raul Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Xi Jinping, who is in the United States for an official visit this week, will make his
UN debut as China’s president.

In his first appearance at the General Assembly in a decade, Putin is expected to use the UN platform to speak about the need for countries to join together to destroy ISIL and tackle the threats posed by extremism and terrorism.

Putin’s speech (scheduled to sart at 17:15 CET) and the address by US President Barack Obama (16:15 CET) are being broadcast live by euronews and can be viewed in the player above.