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News Wrap: Hungary border closed, migrants stream into Croatia

In our news wrap Thursday, thousands of migrants poured into Croatia at a key border crossing with Serbia. Also, a truck carrying gasoline exploded in the capital of South Sudan, killing more than 100 people.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The word from the Federal Reserve today, interest rates aren't going anywhere just yet.

    The announcement ended weeks of speculation, but Wall Street wasn't sure what to make of the news. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 65 points to close below 16675. The Nasdaq rose four points. And the S&P 500 slipped five. We will hear some of what the Fed had to say, and examine its reasoning, right after the news summary.

    The flash point in the crisis engulfing Europe shifted to Croatia today with fresh scenes of chaos. Thousands of people poured into the country at a key border crossing with Serbia, after Hungary closed its border yesterday. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports from the scene.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    On the Croatian front of the crisis threatening to overwhelm this continent, even riot police proved hopelessly unable to contain the onward surge of refugees and migrants.

    Hours waiting for a train which never came in blazing heat with insufficient water and in a total information vacuum was too much for the multitude who had streamed across the Serbian border into the European Union in the past 24 hours alone.

    The desperation here is incredible. They have been pushing women through and manhandling little children over their heads to get them out of this crush, this chaos the knock-on effect of the closure of the gates to Hungary 100 miles northeast. It's been obvious for days that a new route would open up through the Western Balkans, but somehow no one had expected this.

    The U.N. Refugee Agency was nowhere to be seen. The handful of Croatian Red Cross workers were stretched beyond their limits. Women fainted, children became separated from their parents, but police didn't use their batons. From early morning, fresh arrivals have streamed across the fields to the Tovarnik station, just 500 meters inside Croatia.

    Thousands crowded on to the railway tracks. They have been told the train was coming to take them to Zagreb. There were Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis. There were Somalia and Eritreans too, many here acutely aware that in Western Europe, where they're headed, there are large numbers of people who do not want to let them in.

  • MAN:

    We want to live in peace because we leave Syria to live in peace in Europe.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    As the temperature rose, so did the frustration. No sign of any train. Croatia's interior minister turned up.

    Are you overwhelmed?

  • RANKO OSTOJIC, Croatian Interior Minister:

    Absolutely, yes, because this country in this moment, the figures are very important. During the nine months, Croatia has 1,500 illegal immigrants altogether. We have in this 24 hours 6,500, and you ask me, are we overwhelmed? Yes. Absolutely yes.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    He said he spoke to the U.N. Refugee Agency to inform them this was their problem now. After weeks and sometimes months on the road, this international mass migration is unstoppable.

    There has been barbed wire and tear gas, water cannon, boat capsizes, thirst, hunger and exhaustion, but they keep on coming, and they keep on keeping on.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Austria and Slovenia have now imposed new border checks ahead of an expected surge in the thousand traveling through Croatia.

    In South Sudan, a truck carrying gasoline exploded today, killing more than 100 people. It happened in a town west of the capital, Juba, as people were trying to siphon fuel. Officials say a crowd had gathered around the truck, when someone lit a cigarette.

    Meanwhile, twin suicide bombings in Iraq killed at least 23 people and wounded nearly 70. The bombers blew themselves up at police checkpoints in mainly Shiite sections of Baghdad. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

    Thousands in Chile spent the day sifting through debris after a powerful earthquake struck last night. At least 10 people were killed. The quake had a magnitude of 8.3, so strong that was felt across much of South America. Today, people in small towns along and near the Pacific coast picked through what was left after the quake and small tsunamis hit.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    We never imagined the water could do so much damage. The earthquake didn't do that much damage. It was the water. It was the tsunami that destroyed part of our lives. It destroyed our memories, our pictures.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    More than a million people were forced to evacuate their homes, but most of Chile was spared major damage.

    The military in Burkina Faso seized power today, short-circuiting a democratic transition. Instead, the army installed a general with close ties to a former president who was ousted last year. Troops then broke up attempts to protest the coup. Hospitals filled with victims of the street clashes. At least three people were killed, and dozens more were wounded.

    Back in this country, two more bodies were found in burned-out homes in Northern California. That makes five people killed in two major wildfires in recent days. The latest victims died in the so-called Valley Fire raging near Napa Valley, north of San Francisco. And in Southern Utah, the death toll hit 19 in Monday's flash floods. Search teams discovered another body today.

    An American soldier accused of desertion in Afghanistan went before a military judge today for a crucial hearing. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his post in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years before being exchanged for five Taliban commanders. The hearing at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio will decide if Bergdahl is court-martialed.

    The three Americans who helped foil an attack on a train bound for Paris got a White House welcome today. President Obama posed for pictures with Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, and thanked them for confronting a would-be gunman.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    They represent the very best of America, American character. And, you know, it's these kinds of young people who make me extraordinarily optimistic and hopeful about our future.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The men were also given medals at a Pentagon ceremony. They had already received the Legion of Honor Medal, the highest award in France.

    And there's word of major progress against a deadly disease. U.N. health agencies report malaria deaths have fallen 60 percent in the last 15 years. That means more than six million lives saved, the vast majority of them are children in Africa. Officials also say the disease is far from eradicated. There have already been 214 million new cases just this year.

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