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News Wrap: Afghan Taliban leader endorses peace talks with Kabul

In our news wrap Wednesday, in a written statement posted online, the leader of the Afghan Taliban endorsed peace talks with Kabul for the first time, writing, "peaceful interactions with the enemies is not prohibited." Also, militia fighters allied with Yemen's government recaptured more ground in the city of Aden, their first major advance since Shiite rebels seized the city.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Iranian nuclear weapons agreement dominated President Obama's news conference today at the White House. He took on critics at home and abroad and appealed to Congress for its support. We will hear some of what he said and talk with members of Congress right after the news summary.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The president also weighed in on Bill Cosby during the news conference. Court documents now show the actor/comedian admitted he obtained quaaludes to drug women for sex. Since that revelation, some have called for Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom to be revoked. Mr. Obama said there's no mechanism for revoking a Medal of Freedom, but he told reporters in the East Room the larger allegations are clear.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Former President George W. Bush awarded the Medal of Freedom to Cosby in 2002.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    For the first time, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar, has endorsed peace talks with Kabul. The written statement was posted online today. In it, the reclusive leader doesn't directly mention talks held last week in Pakistan.

    Instead, he says, "Peaceful interactions with the enemies is not prohibited." He goes on to say, "The objective is to bring an end to the occupation and to establish an independent Islamic system in our country."

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In Yemen, militia fighters allied with the government recaptured more ground today in the strategic port city of Aden. It's their first major advance since Shiite rebels seized the city back in march. Battles raged in several neighborhoods as militia fighters, including many in armored vehicles, pressed their offensive. They're backed by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A German man in his '90s was convicted today of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp.

    Juliet Bremner of Independent Television News reports on the verdict handed down in a German court.

  • JULIET BREMNER:

    A frail 94-year-old Oskar Groening admits his moral guilt. Today, a German court decided neither his age nor his willingness to speak of his Nazi past would absolve him of his crimes.

    He was only 21 when he worked as a guard at Auschwitz, but he admits he knew what was happening there. His job at the concentration camp was to count the money confiscated from prisoners. He became known as the bookkeeper.

    Amongst Holocaust survivors who meet regularly in North London, one man, Ivor Perl, agreed to go back to Germany and testify against Groening.

  • IVOR PERL, Holocaust Survivor:

    I looked around to see an old man being — walked in and was in the frame. And, suddenly, I thought to myself, wait a minute, I feel pity for that man. And I was annoyed in a sense. I expected it to be an officer there in German uniform in the S.S. which I could hate.

  • JULIET BREMNER:

    He was 12 years old when he and his family of 11 were taken to Auschwitz. Just two survived.

    Although he was given a four-year sentence, it is uncertain Groening will ever actually be sent to jail.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    News of today's conviction came as another former Auschwitz guard also in his '90s was indicted as an accessory to murder.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    U.S. authorities and investigators from 20 countries say they have shut down one of the largest online forums for cyber-criminals. The Justice Department announced today that Darkode served as a marketplace for buying stolen data and malicious software.

    U.S. attorney David Hickton made the announcement in Pittsburgh, where the FBI has a large cyber-crime unit.

  • DAVID HICKTON, U.S. Attorney:

    Of the roughly 800 criminal Internet forums worldwide, Darkode represented one of the gravest threats to the integrity of data on computers in the United States and around the world and the most sophisticated English-speaking forum for criminal computer hackers in the world.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The roundup is targeting more than 70 suspects worldwide.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And on Wall Street, stocks mostly marked time today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost three points to close at 18050. The Nasdaq fell about six points, and the S&P 500 slipped just a single point.

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