22 September 2015 - The launch of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
JOHANNESBURG - eNCA&39;s Yusuf Omar is in New York to report on the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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Eid morning prayers in East Harlem. Entire streets closed near projects. pic.twitter.com/ZqEOFMvIjv— Yusuf Omar (@YusufOmarSA) September 24, 2015
Just did Eid Ul-Adha Prayers with thousands of young people at New York University basketball courts. Brunch too! pic.twitter.com/RnNd1j3Sjb— Yusuf Omar (@YusufOmarSA) September 24, 2015
Three hours of queuing for a UN General Assembly press pass, and a brown leather briefcase now holds the room at attention. Tanned and wrinkled like an old sofa, it&39;s been left in the line of journalists and humanitarian workers, and the American media are particularly alarmed. This is New York, and the world&39;s leaders are arriving.
"Call security... Step back..." they say, tiptoeing delicately around it.
The queue shuffles slightly back, others forward, all inching away from the bag.
A snicker, then a grin, as the word spreads across the room to a delegation of African journalists further up the queue. "Yes, it&39;s my bag," says a heavy man in a lavender shirt, slowly approaching to claim it.
The drama is over, and the wait resumes. UNGA