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News Wrap: Austria holds up roadways, trains to target migrant traffickers

In our news wrap Monday, after 71 people were found in a truck last week, Austria held up traffic and trains on its border with Hungary, saying it was targeting traffickers. Meanwhile, EU countries traded criticism for the mass migration crisis. Also, General Mills, one of the world's largest food companies, announced it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The mass migration crisis in Europe escalated today, as Austria held up traffic and trains on its border with Hungary. That came as charges and countercharges flew over the human wave streaming into Europe from the Middle East and Africa.

    We have a report from Fatima Manji of Independent Television News.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    In Austria, there were extra controls on the roads heading into the country, but authorities denied violating Europe's passport-free zone, saying this is about targeting traffickers after the bodies of 71 people were found in a lorry last week.

  • MAN:

    This are not border controls, of course. We have diverse focus points which the policemen are looking for.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    It was a scene replicated in Germany, the country that now expects to take 800,000 refugees this year, far more than any other E.U. state.

    But faced with its own backlash from far-right anti-migrant groups, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned, all of Europe must share the responsibility.

  • CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, Germany (through interpretor):

    If Europe fails on the question of refugees, its close connection with universal civil rights will be destroyed. It won't be the Europe we imagine.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    This Syrian woman spent eight hours walking to the Hungarian border with her children.

  • WOMAN:

    No help. No help. The children, no help, family. Why, I don't know.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    Hungary has now installed a fence at its border with Serbia, accusing Germany of having boosted hopes among migrants with its more permissive policies. In turn, this is what the French foreign minister thinks of Hungary's policy.

  • LAURENT FABIUS, French Foreign Minister (through interpreter):

    Extremely harsh. Hungary is part of Europe, which has values, and we do not respect those values by putting up fences that we wouldn't even use for animals.

  • FATIMA MANJI:

    Quick to fire back, Hungary summoned the French ambassador over those comments.

    And so, as the sight of migrants heading westward becomes an everyday scene at European borders, there are extraordinary exchanges between E.U. countries.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    E.U. foreign ministers plan to meet in mid-September to discuss the crisis.

    One of the world's largest food companies announced a major push today on climate change. General Mills said it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025. The plan will cost about $100 million.

    Climate change is also the centerpiece of President Obama's trip to Alaska this week, and we will talk about that later in the program.

    Tropical weather dominated today's climate news. The Caribbean island of Dominica struggled to recover from Tropical Storm Erika. It killed at least 20 people and inflicted major damage last week.

    Farther out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Fred blew toward the Cape Verde Islands. And Pacific Hurricane Ignacio weakened, and bypassed the Hawaiian Islands.

    Police in Thailand are now hunting two more suspects in the Bangkok shrine bombing that killed 20 people. They're looking for a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality. On Sunday, police and army troops searched an apartment that the female suspect had rented. They found bomb-making materials inside, and said today it's not just a homegrown plot.

  • SOMYOT POOMPUNMUANG, National Police Chief (through interpreter):

    First, there is the issue of the route in and out of Thailand, second, the preparation of accommodations, third, the route of escape, fourth, the process of the bomb and components. Foreigners alone cannot do all of this. There must be Thai people supporting them and involved in the process.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    A man with a Turkish passport was arrested on Saturday.

    The Islamic State has targeted yet another ancient site in the Syrian city of Palmyra. This time, it was the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel. Local residents reported a large explosion there Sunday. But the extent of the damage is still unknown. It's the second Palmyra temple the militants have attacked in a week.

    Back in this country, Wall Street skidded again, finishing its worst month in more than three years. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 115 points to close below 16530. The Nasdaq fell more than 50 points, and the S&P 500 dropped 16. Meanwhile, oil prices soared nearly 9 percent, as new data showed U.S. production has fallen. The price in New York trading settled at just over $49 a barrel.

    And two deaths of note tonight. Former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel, who served prison time for political corruption, passed away Sunday. The two-term governor was widely seen as an innovator, but he was convicted in 1977 for mail fraud and racketeering. His conviction was later overturned. Marvin Mandel, who succeeded Spiro Agnew as governor in 1969, was 95 years old.

    And horror film aficionados mourned the loss of Wes Craven today. The writer/director died Sunday of brain cancer. In 1984, Craven's "Nightmare on Elm Street," and its villain, Freddy Krueger, carved a new path for the genre. He scored again with "Scream" in 1996, setting off another wave of sequels.

    In 2010, Craven spoke to ABC's "Nightline" about the changes he wrought, especially in depicting heroines.

  • WES CRAVEN, Director:

    Neve Campbell in the first "Scream" says, why should I be interested in a horror film? They are always about some big-breasted girl with no brain, no acting talent who runs upstairs, instead of out the front door, you know? So, it's that awareness, it's that sort of intelligence that is informed throughout these — these films.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Craven was 76 years old.

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