Donald Trump bombed at the Al Smith dinner in Manhattan on Thursday, drawing jeers and boos from the crowd after using his speech -- which candidates usually pepper with self-deprecating jokes -- to attack Hillary Clinton as "so corrupt" and compare himself to the son of God. Clinton's speech was better received but also featured unusually pointed jabs at her opponent.
Donald Trump's surrogates defended his unwillingness to commit to accepting the election results by comparing it to Al Gore's initial refusal to concede the 2000 race -- but Gore's challenge was based on actual events in a remarkably close state, not on unfounded suspicions, writes Alan Fram. "Comparing Trump's before-the-fact, implied threat to challenge a 'rigged' election to Gore's contest of the 2000 race is faulty on several levels," he argues.
Donald Trump is standing firm on his debate-night insistence that he might not accept the results of next month's election, telling a rally Thursday that he would "totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win." Trump's comments drew bipartisan criticism, with Sen. John McCain saying that acceptance of election results by the losing party was "the American way."
Officials from world governments have agreed to a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by 2018 on steps the world can take to curb climate change.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the General Assembly to convene a special session to address the dire situation in Syria. The Security Council remains deadlocked about how to end the civil war.
United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says that the Syrian government's continuing airstrikes on Aleppo and the resulting civilian casualties are war crimes and are turning the city into a "slaughterhouse." The Security Council must refer the matter to the International Criminal Court, he contends.
The United Nations has adopted the New Urban Agenda, which is intended to help countries create sustainable urbanization. The agenda is the product of the Habitat III meeting held in Quito, Ecuador.
Russia and Syria have stopped bombardment of the Syrian town of Aleppo for a second day. However, the United Nations says the situation is still too dangerous to allow medical evacuations.
Factors for a successful nonprofit merger include support from board members, similar missions and a focus on culture, according to a study commissioned by Mission+Strategy Consulting. Nonprofit leaders should also recognize that mergers are strategic move -- not a sign of failure, the report says.
Developing countries' economic well-being would improve by $21 billion annually if girls were educated at least through secondary school, says a United Nations Population Fund report. "Education is the world's best investment. Whenever a girl's potential goes unrealized, we all lose," said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin.
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