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News Wrap: Violence in Israel leaves American dead

March 8, 2016 at 8:26 PM EDT
Israeli security forces search the area where, according to Israeli police spokesperson, at least 10 Israelis were stabbed, in the popular Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  - RTS9V4S

JUDY WOODRUFF: Good evening. I’m Judy Woodruff.

GWEN IFILL: And I’m Gwen Ifill.

JUDY WOODRUFF: On the “NewsHour” tonight: the biggest test yet in the Midwest for both Republican and Democratic candidates, as voters in Michigan, along with three other states, decide.

GWEN IFILL: Also ahead this Tuesday: Vice President Joe Biden tries to mend relations with Israel, one day after Prime Minister Netanyahu canceled his trip to the U.S.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Plus, a look at what Washington politicians could learn from smaller cities, and why communities in the so-called flyover states shouldn’t be so easily dismissed.

DEBORAH FALLOWS, The Atlantic: When we touched down in some of these small communities, you would think, how can all this be going on here, and we never knew about any of it?

GWEN IFILL: All that and more on tonight’s “PBS NewsHour.”


JUDY WOODRUFF: Four more states are having their say today in the presidential race of 2016. Front-runners in both parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are working to pad their delegate leads, while rivals try to gain a little ground or at least hang on.

Michigan is the day’s main attraction, and we will hear from a reporter on the scene after the news summary.

GWEN IFILL: In the day’s other news: An American tourist was killed and a dozen Israelis wounded in a fresh wave of Palestinian attacks. The tourist, identified as a Vanderbilt University student, died in Jaffa, where an assailant stabbed seven people, before being killed by police.

Another Palestinian shot and wounded several people in Jerusalem. He, too, was killed, along with two others involved in stabbing incidents. We will take a closer look at the Israeli-Palestinian divide later in the program.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guard has test-fired another round of ballistic missiles, challenging the United Nations and the United States.

Iranian state TV today showed a medium-range missile being launched overnight. It said several others were fired in recent days. U.S. officials said that could violate a U.N. prohibition.

JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary: There’s at least one specific United Nations Security Council resolution that could apply here, and the truth is, we’re still reviewing the Iranian launch to assess whether it is necessary for this matter to be raised before the United Nations Security Council.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The U.N. resolution warns against launching anything that can carry a nuclear warhead. In addition, the U.S. announced sanctions earlier this year after Iran launched a long-range missile last fall.

GWEN IFILL: South Korea today imposed new penalties on North Korea for recent nuclear and missile tests. The sanctions ban financial dealings with 40 individuals and 30 organizations with suspected links to the North’s weapons program.

In Seoul, a top official also announced new rules designed to cut off traffic by sea.

LEE SUK-JOON, Office for Government Policy Coordination, South Korea (through interpreter): We will strengthen sanctions on shipping related to North Korea. We will entirely ban foreign vessels that are stopped in a North Korean port within 180 days and we will also continue the measures prohibiting the vessels of third countries from sailing the sea route between South and North Korea.

GWEN IFILL: In a related development, South Korea’s spy agency accused North Korea of hacking the cell phones of dozens of top South Korean officials.

JUDY WOODRUFF: In Somalia, the Islamist group Al-Shabaab confirms the U.S. bombed one of its camps on Saturday, but it disputes claims that the strike killed 150 fighters. American officials say the coordinated drone and manned aircraft attacks hit a training site 120 miles north of Mogadishu. The Pentagon says it was aimed at preventing a large-scale attack by the militants.

GWEN IFILL: The European Union moved closer today to a deal to reverse the exodus of migrants from Turkey. In return, the Turks would get well over $6.5 billion in aid, among other things.

Jonathan Rugman of Independent Television News reports from Greece, where growing numbers of migrants are stranded.

JONATHAN RUGMAN: There are now around 14,000 people living like this in Idomeni, and yet the Greek authorities are predicting even more will now rush to join them before any deal sealed with Turkey at the end of next week seals them out of Europe as well.

Over 700 migrants came ashore on Greek islands this morning alone. These arrived on Lesbos, with many more on the way, adding to the 37,000 already in Greece. So it’s no wonder Turkey’s offer to take them all back comes with strings attached, chiefly, that one Syrian should be granted asylum in Europe for every Syrian returned across this water.

AHMET DAVUTOGLU, Prime Minister, Turkey: I want to make it clear, we are demanding fair burden-sharing for Syrian refugees.

JONATHAN RUGMAN: Then there are the unwritten demands. At least one person was killed today by rockets fired into Turkey from Syria, possibly by so-called Islamic State.

Turkey expects not just sympathy, but support, above all in battling Kurdish militancy along this border. Human rights groups will bridle at that.

Where are you from?

TRAVELERS: Afghanistan.

JONATHAN RUGMAN: And they’re already bridling at the prospect of people like these Afghans we encountered in Lesbos yesterday being forcibly returned, because their legal rights to shelter are so few on the Turkish side.

VINCENT COCHETEL, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees: An agreement that would be tantamount to a blanket return of any foreigners to a certain country is not consistent with European law, is not consistent with international law. Now, we need to see what would be the safeguards.

JONATHAN RUGMAN: These migrants apparently set to become part of the biggest expulsion of people since Greece and Turkey were at war.

GWEN IFILL: More than one million people have flooded into the E.U. since early last year, mainly by way of Turkey.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Several major corporate sponsors cut or suspended ties today with tennis star Maria Sharapova. The five-time Grand Slam winner admitted Monday that she tested positive for a newly banned drug at the Australian Open. The drug, meldonium, can improve endurance. Sharapova says she’s used it periodically over the past 10 years for various medical problems.

GWEN IFILL: And Wall Street gave ground after China announced its exports fell in February by the most in more than six years. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 110 points to close at 16964. The Nasdaq fell 59 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 22.

Still to come on the “NewsHour”: how Michigan’s election affects the future of the presidential race; a renewed effort for peace in Israel; the launch of the new SAT test; a journalist’s take on what motivates Americans to jihad; and much more.