In our news wrap Friday, Bahrain became the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Israel. President Trump made the announcement only weeks after the United Arab Emirates took the same step. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the move as reflecting “a new era of peace.” Also, fire teams in Beirut, Lebanon, have put out a huge fire that started Thursday at the city’s ruined port.
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In the day's other news: The nation marked 19 years since the September 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Ceremonies unfolded against the backdrop of the presidential campaign. Both President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden visited Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Biden also appeared in New York. We will have details after the news summary.
Bahrain today became the fourth Arab country to agree to normalize ties with Israel. President Trump announced it just weeks after the United Arab Emirates took the same step. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on national TV.
Benjamin Netanyahu (through translator):
Citizens of Israel, this is a new era of peace. We have invested in peace for many years. And now peace will invest in us and will lead to very large investments in the Israeli economy, and that is very important.
A senior Palestinian official called Bahrain's decision — quote — "another stab in the back."
Fire teams in Beirut, Lebanon, have put out a huge fire that broke out Thursday at the city's port. White smoke simmered over the site today, just a month after a disastrous explosion that killed 190 people and injured thousands. No one was hurt in this fire. The cause remains unknown.
In Greece, migrants protested today after fires gutted a camp that was housing 12,000 people on the island of Lesbos. Thousands demanded they be allowed to leave the area, but Greek officials refused. Instead, they sent tents and supplies for a new camp, and a European Commission official promised help.
Margaritas Schinas (through translator):
We are dealing with the immediate needs which concern accommodation and food to guarantee that those who were left without shelter have what they need.
At the same time, in cooperation with government and authorities, we are planning for the future, a new camp that will function with new standards and better facilities.
Greek officials say that the fires were deliberately set by some of the migrants.
In pandemic news, the United States closed in on 193 deaths from COVID-19 today. Meanwhile, Florida moved to ease restrictions, with bars reopening Monday at 50 percent capacity.
And, last night, the National Football League season kicked off in Kansas City with a limited audience of 17,000 fans. The Super Bowl champion Chiefs beat the Houston Texans.
Prosecutors in Minneapolis urged a judge today to try four former police officers together for the death of George Floyd. Defense attorneys argued for separate trials and also asked to move the trials elsewhere, something that the Floyd family opposes.
The only goal they have in trying to change venues is to get as many jurors as possible who do not look like George Floyd.
They do not want jurors who look like you. No, they do not.
Dozens of people surrounded the courthouse, protesting Floyd's death. He died last May, when one of the officers pinned him by the neck.
Relatives and victims of the Las Vegas 2017 shootings are closer to a sweeping settlement with MGM Resorts International. Newly filed court documents say that more than 4,400 relatives and victims could receive $800 million in payouts. MGM Resorts owns the hotel where the gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring more than 850.
A federal appeals court today barred felons in Florida from voting until they pay any outstanding fines and legal fees. The order was a victory for the Republican governor and legislature. It also could affect the presidential race in a state known for razor-thin voting margins.
And Wall Street finished the week on a mixed note. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 131 points to finish at 27665. The Nasdaq fell 66 points and the S&P 500 added one.