News Wrap: UN criticizes humanitarian aid delays to Syria

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JUDY WOODRUFF:  In the day's other news:  The United Nations blamed Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for delays in getting humanitarian aid into the country, despite the new cease- fire.  U.N. officials want to send convoys into Aleppo from Turkey, but they say Syria isn't providing permits.

In Geneva today, U.N. special envoy Staffan De Mistura complained that valuable time is being wasted.

STAFFAN DE MISTURA, UN Special Envoy to Syria:  These are days which we should have used for convoys to move with the permit to go because there is no fighting.  The Russian Federation is agreeing with us about this.  This is something that requires to take place immediately.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Meanwhile, in Syria, amateur video purported to show government airstrikes on rebel groups in Homs and Idlib, in violation of the cease-fire.  Syria's main ally, Russia, reported 45 rebel violations in the last 24 hours.

GWEN IFILL:  A self-described hit man in the Philippines now says President Rodrigo Duterte personally ordered killings by death squads.  Edgar Matobato says it happened when Duterte was mayor of the southern city of Davao.  He testified today at a senate investigation.  It's looking into killings of 3,000 drug suspects since Duterte became president.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Back in this country, President Obama today created the first national sanctuary in the Atlantic Ocean.  The Marine Monument encompasses 5,000 square miles off New England and includes underwater canyons and mountains.  The designation means a ban on commercial fishing, mining and drilling.

GWEN IFILL:  The head of the IRS will avoid a congressional impeachment vote for now.  Instead, John Koskinen has agreed to testify at a House hearing next week.  Republican conservatives accused him of impeding an investigation into tax treatment of Tea Party groups.  Koskinen has denied it.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  And Wall Street headed back up, with tech companies leading the way.  The Dow Jones industrial average gained 177 points today to close at 18212.  The Nasdaq rose nearly 76 points, and the S&P 500 added 21.

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