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News Wrap: Airstrike kills Islamic State’s second-in-command

In our news wrap Friday, a U.S. airstrike has killed the Islamic State group’s second-in-command. Also, North Korea threatened South Korea with possible attack over the cross-border broadcast of propaganda.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A global financial market sell-off overwhelmed Wall Street today. Investors raced for the exits, as Chinese stocks crashed again, and oil traded below $40 a barrel at one point.

    When the closing bell finally sounded, the Dow Jones industrials had plummeted 530 points to close at 16460. The Nasdaq plunged 170 points and the S&P 500 dropped 65. All three indexes were down more than 3 percent on the day. And for the week, the Dow and the S&P lost nearly 6 percent, while the Nasdaq fell almost 7 percent. We will look at what's driving this big drop in just a few minutes.

    In Iraq, a U.S. airstrike has killed the Islamic State group's second-in-command. The National Security Council announced today that Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali died on Tuesday north of Mosul. A spokesman called him a primary coordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles, and people between Iraq and Syria.

    And the U.S. military says ISIS mortar fragments in Northern Iraq show traces of mustard gas. They were fired at Kurdish fighters this month.

    North Korea went on a war footing today and issued an ultimatum. The North's leader, Kim Jong-un, demanded that South Korea halt new propaganda broadcasts at the border by tomorrow night, or face a possible attack.

    At a briefing in Pyongyang, a senior North Korean officer declared the South deserves severe punishment.

    KIM YONG CHOL, North Korea Military Officer (through interpreter): Their aim is to bring about the collapse of the ideology and system which our people have chosen themselves and which our soldiers protect with their lives, and to deprive us of our power in all areas of our lives.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In turn, South Korean troops went to their highest alert status, amid reports of North Korean missiles possibly moving to launch positions. At the same time, U.S. officials confirmed a temporary pause in military exercises with South Korea. The exercises have since resumed.

    In Belgium, a Moroccan man with an automatic weapon opened fire this evening on a high-speed train, wounding three people. They included an American serviceman, who,along with another American, overpowered the gunman. The train was traveling to Paris from Amsterdam. Anti-terror police opened an investigation, but there was no immediate word on a motive.

    Europe's migrant crisis turned violent today along Macedonia's border with Greece. Macedonian security forces used force to drive back thousands of migrants trying to head deeper into the continent.

    We have a report from Juliet Bremner of Independent Television News.

  • JULIET BREMNER:

    From one battleground to another, survivors from Syrian's brutal civil war driven back at the Macedonian border.

    Riot police using tear gas and stun grenades force away hundreds of refugees. Parents try to shield their frightened children. In the chaos, migrants do their best to tend to one another's wounds. A state of emergency has been declared in the south and the north of the country.

    Around 36,000 arrived in Macedonia last month, heading through Greece to the border town of Gevgelija, traveling by train to Kumanovo, and onwards to Serbia and Western Europe. They don't want to stay in Macedonia. They are in transit, but now find themselves trapped.

  • MAN:

    There is more than 3,000 or 4,000. They are coming more. So, it's not believable, but what Macedonia side do, you know? And they know that we are only crossing.

  • JULIET BREMNER:

    But they are now stuck, sleeping without cover in a country that is not prepared for the influx.

  • MAN:

    There are hundreds of vulnerable persons, children, babies, other persons with extreme vulnerabilities, including medical needs. Most of them, if not all of them, stay rough in the open air.

  • JULIET BREMNER:

    Tonight, there are calls for an end to these heavy-handed tactics, and for Greece and Macedonia to instead offer assistance to desperate people.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    More than 160,000 migrants have arrived in Greece so far this year, and nearly all head north.

    President Obama declared an emergency in parts of Washington State today, as overstretched crews battle a plague of wildfires. Fast-moving flames have scorched more than 160,000 acres in the north-central part of the state alone, and two more small towns were evacuated overnight. Officials warned today of worse to come.

  • TODD PECHOTA, Incident Commander:

    I think probably everybody hears wind howling in their microphones, and that is what is truly challenging folks out on the ground. We have got gusts already to 40 miles an hour. We have a tremendous amount of open fire edge on the southern end of all of our fires, and the wind is wanting to move it.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Three firefighters died this week in the Washington State fires and one was critically burned. Nationwide, 13 have died this year, more than — four more than all of last year.

    And a U.S. federal appeals court today reinstated rules giving the minimum wage and overtime pay to nearly two million home health workers. A lower court had struck down the provisions earlier this year. Unions and worker advocacy groups welcomed the outcome. Home care companies warned that it makes this kind of care too expensive for many families.

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