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News Wrap: David Cameron defends family’s finances

In our news wrap Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron rejected criticism of his family's finances and offshore holdings after the Panama Papers leak detailed his late father's investments. Also, a surge in fighting focused around Aleppo threatens to derail a month-old cease-fire in the Syrian conflict.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff. Gwen Ifill is away this week.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Presidential contenders try to make it in New York, as Bernie Sanders wins his seventh straight matchup over Hillary Clinton.

  • Then:

    inside Kenya and the country's rampant corruption, where police bribe, instead of patrol, and nearly a billion dollars of government money goes missing.

  • NICK SCHIFRIN:

    The wealth gap here makes the corruption more egregious. According to one study, Kenyans pay on average 16 bribes every month.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And the legacy of Jackie Robinson. A new Ken Burns PBS documentary tracks the icon's journey from baseball hero to civil rights champion.

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

    (BREAK)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the day's other news: British prime Minister David Cameron rejected criticism of his family's finances and offshore holdings. He's come under fire after the Panama Papers leak detailed his late father's investments.

    But in Parliament today, Cameron said his father's investment fund was designed to help investors, not to dodge taxes.

  • DAVID CAMERON, Prime Minister, United Kingdom:

    We should differentiate between schemes designed to artificially reduce tax and those that are encouraging investment. Mr. Speaker, this is a government and this should be a country that believes in aspiration and wealth creation.

    So we should — we should defend the right of every British citizen to make money lawfully. Aspiration and wealth creation are not somehow dirty words.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Cameron initially refused to say if he had a stake in his father's business, but he now acknowledges selling his shares before his election as prime minister in 2010.

    In Syria, a surge in fighting now threatens to derail a month-old cease-fire. It's focused around Aleppo, the country's largest city. Half of it is held by rebels. Syrian army video showed artillery firing on rebel positions on Sunday. There's also word that government reinforcements are moving in to counter a buildup of Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida.

    A fragile truce also hung in the balance in Yemen today, amid sporadic violations. The cease-fire took hold last night between Shiite rebels and a Saudi-led coalition that backs the government. The year-long conflict has killed more than 9,000 people, and forced nearly 2.5 million to flee.

    Investigators in Southern India are hunting suspects after an illegal fireworks display sets off a deadly fire. At least 110 people died and another 380 were hurt in Sunday's blaze at a Hindu temple. Amateur video captured explosions that rocked the village of Paravoor, as revelers celebrated the Hindu new year. Thousands of people were packed inside the complex.

    John Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in 1945. Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Memorial as he attended a seven-nation conference. He spoke to reporters afterward.

    JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State: It is a gut-wrenching display. It tugs at all of your sensibilities as a human being. It reminds everybody of the extraordinary complexity of choices in war, and of what war does to people, to communities, to countries, to the world.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Kerry didn't say whether President Obama will visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan in late May.

    A sign today that the flow of migrants from Turkey into Greece is finally slowing. Greek officials say only 18 people landed on outlying islands in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, thousands remain in camps near the border with Macedonia. A tense calm returned there today, after police tear-gassed crowds trying to storm a crossing on Sunday.

    And Wall Street started off with a rally, but could not hold on. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 20 points to close at 17556. The Nasdaq fell 17 points, and the S&P 500 slipped five.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": a closer look at the candidates' scramble for votes in New York; how corruption hurts a country's citizen — we go inside Kenya; the paper trail that connects Syria's president to torture; and much more.

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