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Five Days of Gridlock: Your Guide to UN General Assembly Week

The Syrian ceasefire and U.S. elections are the hot topics at the annual gathering in New York
United Nations headquarters.
Photographer: Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images

It's that time of year again when world leaders gather at the United Nations and New Yorkers avoid the East Side. There is plenty for them to pore over, both from the podium and on the side lines: Can a Syria truce hold? How will Brexit unfurl? Will Donald Trump be joining them next year? How hard is it to get a ticket to Hamilton?

Here is a rundown of what to look out for during a week of bumper-to-bumper traffic.

An Afghan immigrant was detained Monday late morning after a police shootout in connection to a series of blasts and failed detonations in the New York-area, including one in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that left 29 injured. The incidents have added further layers of security and anxiety to what is already an extremely policed gathering of dignitaries. The blasts, timed so soon after the Sept. 11 anniversary, come as cities in Europe have been on high alert on the heels of fatal terror attacks in France and Belgium.