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Protesters make the three-finger salute as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

The UN General Assembly on Friday condemned Myanmar's military coup and called for an arms embargo against the country, AP reports.

Why it matters: The rare move demonstrates widespread global opposition to Myanmar's military junta, which overthrew the country's democratically elected government and seized power on Feb. 1.

The big picture: Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested in the military's crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators.

  • Myanmar's deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained officials were formally charged by the military junta last week.
  • Friday's nonbinding resolution calls on the military to immediately and unconditionally release President Win Myint, Suu Kyi and other officials, as well as "all those who have been arbitrarily detained, charged or arrested," according to AP.
  • The resolution was passed with 119 countries voting "yes," Belarus voting "no," and 36 countries abstaining, per AP.

Go deeper: UN human rights chief condemns military buildup in Myanmar

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Sep 22, 2021 - World

2 more men arrested in Northern Ireland over murder of journalist Lyra McKee

A resident cycles past a newly painted mural featuring murdered journalist Lyra McKee in central Belfast on May 7, 2019. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

The Police Service of Northern Ireland on Wednesday arrested two additional men in connection with the murder of investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed covering a riot in Londonderry in 2019, AP reports.

Driving the news: The two men arrested Wednesday, ages 24 and 29, were detained under the Terrorism Act, per AP.

Biden claims "era of relentless war" is over in first UN speech

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Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time since taking office, President Biden laid out his vision for how the U.S. will confront what he characterized as a "decisive" next decade in human history.

Why it matters: In the face of unprecedented global challenges — the pandemic, climate change, rising authoritarianism — Biden made a case for multilateralism, democratic values, the rule of law and empathy for common struggles.

Updated 2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.