Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 26

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UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders attending the ongoing General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday continued to call for international cooperation to tackle global warming.

"Climate change is frustrating efforts to raise the standard of living for the world's poor. Scientists have spoken, and we have seen with our own eyes, the devastating impact that climate change has had on our environment," Zambian President Edgar Lungu said. (UN-Leaders-Climate)

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NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump met with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in New York on Wednesday, a day after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of launching a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump's controversial phone call with Zelensky.

The meeting of the two leaders also came hours after the release of the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Zelensky on July 25. (US-Trump-Zelensky)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's president on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to assemble the next government, tasking the decade-long leader with solving a political stalemate following inconclusive elections.

Netanyahu will have up to six weeks, beginning Thursday, to form a majority coalition. (Israel-Netanyahu)

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WASHINGTON -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved the nomination of Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive officer of the World Bank, to be the IMF managing director for a five-year term starting on Oct. 1.

Noting that it's a "huge honor" for her to have been selected as the next managing director, Georgieva told reporters at the IMF headquarters Wednesday afternoon that she steps into the role as a "firm believer" in the mandate of the global lender. (US-IMF-Georgieva)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday ruled out negotiations with the United States unless the latter lifts sanctions on his country first.

"On behalf of my nation and state, I would like to announce that our response to any negotiation under sanctions is negative," Rouhani told the UN General Assembly General Debate. (UN-Iran-Rouhani) Enditem

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