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News Wrap: Bombings at Afghan sports center kills dozens

In our news wrap Wednesday, twin bombings in Afghanistan's capital left at least 20 people dead and 70 wounded. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a training center for wrestlers, and a car bomb exploded minutes later. Also, Iran's currency is again in free fall, hitting new record lows against the dollar.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news. Twin bombings in Afghanistan's capital left at least 20 people dead and 70 wounded. It happened at a training center for wrestlers. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the building, and a car bomb exploded minutes later, as emergency workers arrived.

    Iran's currency is again in freefall, hitting new record lows against the dollar today. People waited in long lines at currency exchange shops in Tehran, hoping to buy dollars. State media made no mention of the problem. The rial has lost a quarter of its value just since Saturday. It is down 140 percent since the United States quit the 2015 nuclear deal back in May.

    British prosecutors today charged two Russians in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia. They have both recovered now, but another woman died after finding the container that held the poison.

    Rohit Kachroo of Independent Television News has our report.

  • Rohit Kachroo:

    Finally, the faces of the suspects.

    Six months after Salisbury, these are the two men who are accused of carrying out the attack. They used aliases, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They're dressed here for the English winter, but they just arrived from Moscow, and two days into their trip, they're captured, smiling as they walk through Salisbury.

    It's alleged that, minutes earlier, they contaminated the Skripals' front door with the deadly nerve agent Novichok, a counterfeit bottle of designer perfume brought from Moscow, the suspected weapon in a terrorist attack.

    This has been a colossal police investigation; 11,000 hours of CCTV footage has been studied to reach these conclusions. But this case is now about politics, as much as police work.

  • Theresa May:

    I can today tell the House that, based on a body of intelligence, the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and CPS are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

  • Rohit Kachroo:

    Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March. Dawn Sturgess was killed, her partner, Charlie Rowley, injured when they were poisoned four months later.

    It took two months for the police to identify this as the hotel where the Salisbury suspects had been staying. And when they got here in May, they made an important discovery. They found minute traces of Novichok inside their hotel room.

    ITV News understands that some of what was known in this investigation was kept secret, in the hope that the suspects might be captured traveling abroad again. Almost certainly, they're in Russia. Extradition seems difficult, perhaps impossible.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from Rohit Kachroo of Independent Television News.

    Back in this country, the remains of Tropical Storm Gordon dumped heavy rain as they headed inland from the Central Gulf Coast. The storm came ashore last night near Pascagoula, Mississippi. Thousands lost power and one child was killed in Pensacola, Florida.

    Officials warned of flooding if the system moves into the Midwest.

    Massachusetts is primed to elect a black woman to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time. Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley won Tuesday's Democratic primary in a stunning upset. She beat 10-term congressional incumbent Mike Capuano and will run unopposed in November's general election.

    Last night, Pressley cast her victory as a wakeup call for both parties.

  • Ayanna Pressley:

    It is time to show Washington, D.C., both my fellow Democrats, who I hope will stand with us, and the Republicans, who stand in our way, and to everyone in the 7th Congressional District, that change isn't waiting any longer. We have arrived. Change is coming. And the future belongs to all of us!


  • Judy Woodruff:

    This Boston area congressional seat was once held by President John F. Kennedy and later the speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill. It is now a district where racial or ethnic minorities make up the majority of the population.

    In the U.S. Senate today, Arizona Republican Jon Kyl was sworn in to fill the seat of the late John McCain. He took the oath of office on the Senate floor today with fellow Arizona Senator Jeff Flake looking on.

    Earlier, Kyl served in the Senate for 18 years, before retiring in 2012.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 22 points to close below 25975. The Nasdaq fell 96 and the S&P 500 slipped eight.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour", social media giants called to account on Capitol Hill; how a toxic algae bloom is devastating the Florida coast; and much more.

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