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Other News: U.S.-China Trade Dispute Escalates

September 14, 2009 at 3:36 PM EST
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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news today, a trade dispute between the U.S. and China escalated. The Chinese government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over new U.S. tariffs on Chinese tires. Beijing said that it’s focused on American exports of auto parts and poultry. The two sides now have 60 days to try to negotiate a solution.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 21 points to close well above 9,626. The Nasdaq rose more than 10 points to close above 2,091.

In Afghanistan, electoral officials put off announcing when they will release the full results of the August 20th presidential vote. There have been widespread charges of fraud.

Meanwhile, the death toll for U.S. and NATO troops climbed today. Two Americans were killed in a bombing in the south. And a British soldier and another NATO service member died on Sunday, also in the south.

A new audiotape of Osama bin Laden has surfaced, vowing the Afghan war will go on. The al-Qaida leader’s message was posted on an Islamic militant Web site. In it, he said President Obama is simply following the policies of President Bush, influenced by Israel and others.

OSAMA BIN LADEN, al-Qaida Leader: The White House is occupied by pressure groups. Rather than fighting to liberate Iraq, as Bush claimed, the White House should have been liberated. The chief of the White House in these circumstances, regardless of his name, is like a train operator who can only follow the tracks that pressure groups put in place for him.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The bin Laden message was intended to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

In New York City, federal and local law enforcement agents have raided several homes in a terrorism probe. The searches took place in the borough of Queens. There were few details, but intelligence officials told the Associated Press there was no indication that an attack was imminent.

Violent crime in the U.S. is down for a second straight year. The FBI released its annual assessment today. Murders were down almost 4 percent from the previous year. And the number of rapes declined to the lowest level in 20 years. The South had the highest crime rate; the Northeast had the lowest.

Jody Powell, who was President Jimmy Carter’s press secretary, died today. Family and friends said he had a heart attack at his farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Powell became one of Mr. Carter’s closest advisers as White House communications director from 1977 to 1981. In later years, he founded a public relations firm in Washington. Jody Powell was 65 years old.