Hello from New York, where I've been immersed in the chaos of UN week. Tonight's edition is a crisp 1,482 words (<6 minutes).
Situational awareness: The Trump administration is proposing to cut the number of refugees permitted to resettle in the U.S. next year to just 18,000 — down from a record low of 30,000 last year, Axios’ Stef Kight reports.
Trump after addressing the UN General Assembly. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
President Trump capped off UN week in New York today with what was intended as a private toast to UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and her staff but which quickly became another dramatic episode in the fast-evolving Ukraine saga.
Driving the news: Trump was picking up in private where he left off in his last public event of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday night, at which he slammed Democrats and the press for undermining his efforts on the world stage.
The tensions over nationalism vs. multilateralism that have animated recent global gatherings were still present here, though in slightly diluted form.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky must also contend with the fallout from his July call with Trump, a summary of which reveals his repeated efforts to flatter Trump and his potentially damaging criticism of European leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel.
What’s next: Trump departed New York today for Washington, where the political ground was shifting in his absence.
Clinton and Duque. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images
1. The gap between the U.S. and Europe on Iran appeared to narrow slightly as France, Germany and the U.K. put out a statement blaming Iran for the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
2. Chinese President Xi Jinping was a no-show, but Beijing has been expanding its UN footprint as Trump cuts back, writes Alex Kliment of GZERO Media:
3. One feel-good story from yesterday’s Bloomberg Global Business Forum:
The UN gets net-positive reviews in 29 of 32 countries surveyed by Pew (not counting "don't know" responses), with the exceptions being Israel, Tunisia and Russia.
The U.S. view:
Back so soon, Mr. Johnson? Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
1. The U.K.'s supreme court ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson misled the queen when he sought her approval to suspend Parliament, rendering that suspension "void."
2. Four months after he was ousted as Austria's chancellor, 33-year-old Sebastian Kurz is set to be returned to power in Sunday's election.
3. Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro made a surprise trip to Russia yesterday to visit Vladimir Putin.
4. Jacques Chirac served as president of France from 1995 to 2007, championed the European Union and opposed the Iraq war. He died today at 86.
A fire rages in Riau province, Indonesia. Photo: Jefta Images/Barcroft Media via Getty
Slash-and-burn farming is to blame for many of the nearly 2,000 wildfires that have spread smoke over swathes of Indonesia and caused respiratory problems for at least 920,000 people, NYT reports.
Context: The government tends to ignore violations from palm oil and wood pulp producers who intentionally start the fires, but pressure is mounting on President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to take action.
The big picture: Jokowi's image as a modernizing reformer is now undergoing a reevaluation.
Franco's current resting place. Photo: Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images
Spain's top court has ruled that the remains of Francisco Franco, Spain's longtime dictator, can be moved from a giant mausoleum in the Valley of the Fallen, outside Madrid.
Skyrocket, in flight. Launched Wednesday from Kazakhstan, it carried astronauts from the U.S., Russia and in a first, the UAE, to the International Space Station. Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images
"A flawed electrical component used on two types of new nuclear weapons — a part valued at only about $5 — will require at least $725 million in fixes."— via Roll Call