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All eyes were on China's benchmark Shanghai Composite, which rose 0.5 per cent Wednesday.
Moscow has clarified that Russia will use only its Air Force in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Assad's request.
BRICS foreign ministers held talks on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York.
This places China one step closer to providing an alternative to the US-operated GPS.
South Africa's President harshly criticised the UN Security Council for not taking in new permanent members.
"We have many things to do [and] there is opportunity to work on (resolving) joint problems together," Putin said.
"The ideologists of militants make a mockery of Islam and pervert its true humanistic values," Putin said.
The Brazilian president also said the UNSC needs to expand its membership in order to become more representative.
The top job at the UN's refugee body must be filled by a candidate from a country with a proud record of refugee protection, argues Dr. Crisp.
Countries where poverty is still entrenched, governments lacked the kind of revenue needed to turn the SDGs into reality.