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Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the world's gravest security threats — the Ukraine crisis and the marauding Islamist offensive across Iraq and Syria — in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Harper is taking back the podium from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird at the world body's largest annual gathering when the General Assembly meets during the week of Sept. 22 at the UN's New York City headquarters.

Over the years, the Harper government has had an uneasy relationship with the UN, and the prime minister has faced accusations of shunning the world body. This month's...

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