News Wrap: Egyptian voter turnout low despite extended polling
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Egypt today extended its presidential election to a third day, in the face of low voter turnout. The military-backed government had already declared a public holiday and kept polls open later to boost the number of voters. Islamists are boycotting the vote in the wake of an army crackdown that’s left hundreds dead or jailed.
Former Army Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is all but certain to win, but he’d wanted a strong show of support.
GWEN IFILL: The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has struck again in Nigeria. Officials say gunmen killed at least 54 people last night in the north; 45 of the victims were soldiers and police killed in Yobe state. Nine others were shot to death in two villages in Borno state. The militants are still holding 270 schoolgirls kidnapped last month.
JUDY WOODRUFF: In Iraq, a suicide bomber killed at least 19 people when he blew himself up in Central Baghdad. The attacker set off his explosives inside a Shiite mosque as worshipers arrived for noon prayers. In addition to the dead, dozens of people were wounded.
GWEN IFILL: Pope Francis is going ahead with plans to meet with people sexually abused by priests, but a U.S. group says it will be meaningless. The head of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, argued today the church still needs to institute real reforms. The pope addressed the issue Monday on his flight home from the Middle East.
POPE FRANCIS (through interpreter): A priest who does this betrays the body of the lord, because he has to guide this young girl or young boy, this child, to sanctity, and the child trusts him, but instead the priest abuses him. That’s as terrible as — and I’m doing just a comparison — a satanic mass, for example. On this issue, we must go forward, forward, zero tolerance.
GWEN IFILL: The pontiff will meet with six to eight abuse victims at the Vatican early in June. The session is being arranged by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston.
JUDY WOODRUFF: President Obama’s top lawyer is looking into how the CIA station chief in Afghanistan was accidentally identified. The officer’s name was on a list released to journalists when the president visited Afghanistan on Sunday. A White House spokeswoman said late today the president’s chief counsel will investigate and make recommendations.
China charged today it’s been made a major target of cyber-spying by the United States. The state news agency said a lengthy investigation found the U.S. flagrantly violated international laws with its hacking. The report came a week after U.S. prosecutors charged five Chinese military officers with stealing commercial secrets.
GWEN IFILL: Back in this country, authorities near Grand Junction, Colorado, have called off the search for three men missing in a huge mudslide. The slide stretched for nearly three miles and was estimated at half-a-mile wide and several hundred feet deep in places. The side of a ridge gave way Sunday, and today, officials said the ground is just too unstable to risk.
STAN HILKEY, Sheriff, Mesa County, Colorado: We are not able to do what we would like to do. And what we would like to do is have every inch of this being covered with people, if we could. But we don’t want to create any more of a tragedy than we already have.
GWEN IFILL: The slide occurred after two days of heavy rain. A smaller mudslide in Washington state killed 43 people in March.
JUDY WOODRUFF: For the first time, the median annual pay of top corporate executives in the U.S. has hit $10 million. An Associated Press study finds that, in 2013, half of all CEOs at S&P 500 firms made more than that figure and half made less. A CEO now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary. That’s up from a multiple of 181 times in 2009.
GWEN IFILL: Home prices are also on the rise. The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller index reports homes cost 12 percent more in March than a year ago. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 69 points today to close at 16,675. The Nasdaq rose 51 points to close at 4,237. And the S&P closed at a record high for a second straight session, adding 11 points to finish near 1,912.