Iran's President Addressing U.N. General Assembly Today

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands are expected to protest as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech at the U.N. General Assembly meeting today in New York.

Ahmadinejad is expected to present Iran as a seeker of justice and peace and deny that it has any violent intentions toward its neighbors, Israel or the U.S.

Protesters also demonstrated yesterday during his appearance at Columbia University. There, university president Lee Bollinger referred to him as a "petty and cruel dictator" while introducing him. Ahmadinejad retorted that Bollinger's introduction was "an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here."

The two also had a testy exchange over Ahmadinejad's past statements questioning the Holocaust. And when speaking about the Nine-Eleven attacks, the Iranian leader said more research was needed to determine why it happened.

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