News Wrap: Pakistan rounds up militants in anti-terror raids
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening. I’m Judy Woodruff.
On the “NewsHour” tonight: After hosting last night’s Democratic debate, we review the candidates’ answers and talk with Mark Shields and David Brooks about the state of the race for president.
Then: Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church meet, an historic moment 1,000 years in the making, since the two churches split.
Plus: repairing the violins played by Jewish musicians in the Holocaust.
AMNON WEINSTEIN, Founder, Violins of Hope: Today, this violin is alive, is existing, and is going to talk to all the world. Each violin like that that you are going to play, it’s for millions of people that are dead. That is victory. And each concert is a victory.
JUDY WOODRUFF: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”
JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news, Wall Street finally broke a five-day losing streak, as oil prices surged 12 percent, and bank prices bounced back as well. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 313 points to close near 15974. The Nasdaq rose 70, and the S&P 500 added 35. But, for the week, the Dow lost about 1.5 percent, the S&P was down nearly 1 percent, and the Nasdaq dropped half of a percent.
In Pakistan, the military announced almost a hundred hard-core terrorists have been arrested in raids nationwide. A spokesman said they include al-Qaida militants and other extremists linked to major terror attacks. The men were taken into custody over the last several months. Some had allegedly plotted to break Daniel Pearl’s killer out of prison. The Wall Street Journal correspondent was murdered in 2002.
The migrant crisis in Europe seemed to move closer to a breaking point today. Austria said that it is about to reach the maximum number it plans to accept this year. The Austrian foreign minister spoke during a visit to Macedonia, saying his government will help countries in the Balkans, where the migrants arrive first.
SEBASTIAN KURZ, Foreign Minister, Austria (through interpreter): Macedonia must be ready to completely stop the entry of migrants on its borders, since it is the first country that migrants reach after Greece. We know it is a very difficult task, so we have agreed that Austria will give its support, not only in personnel, like police and army, but also in equipment as well.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, the European Union warned that it will suspend its open borders system for two years, unless Greece can stem the flow of migrants within the next three months.
Back in this country, President Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of desert in the United States. Today, he designated three areas in Southern California, including the Castle Mountains, the Mojave trails, and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert. The White House says the move will maintain the area’s ecosystem and natural resources.
And on this Valentine’s Day weekend, police in Iran have declared a crackdown. They say retailers who run Valentine’s promotions will be charged with promoting decadent Western culture. In particular, that means no special events at coffee or ice cream shops where young lovers might exchange gifts.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: a fragile agreement to pause the Syrian civil war; how Egypt’s revolution has affected women’s rights; a historic meeting 1,000 years after the church’s great schism; Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze a packed week of news; plus, violins from the Holocaust become instruments of hope.