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News Wrap: Deadly suicide bombing strikes Istanbul airport

In our news wrap Tuesday, a terror attack at Istanbul’s main airport killed several people. At least one suicide bomber opened fire and then blew himself up, according to the Turkey’s justice minister. Also, Volkswagen will spend about $15 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal, according to the Department of Justice.

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

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: A raucous meeting of the European Union's Parliament exposes the deep divide created by the United Kingdom's decision to leave.

    Also ahead this Tuesday: House Republicans conclude their two-year investigation into the Benghazi attacks, but find no new evidence of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton.

    And we get rare access to a controversial correctional facility housing sex offenders long after their sentences have been served.

  • CRAIG BOLTE, Juvenile Sex Offender:

    Once the doors close, you know really quickly that you are going to die here, and that's your only way out.


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



    A terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey, this evening has killed at least 28 people at the main airport. The regional governor says as many as three suicide bombers opened fire, then blew themselves up.

    Within minutes, amateur video showed lines of ambulances arriving and police rushing in. Many of the 60 wounded were ferried to a nearby hospital.

    European leaders convened today, hoping to calm the chaos over Britain's vote to leave the E.U. What they got was a kind of verbal victory lap by the backers of Brexit.

    Margaret Warner has our report.

  • NIGEL FARAGE, Leader, UK Independence Party:

    When I came here 17 years ago and I said that I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you're not laughing now, are you?


    It was a day of high drama at the E.U. Parliament in Brussels. Nigel Farage, a leader of the Brexit movement, the head of the U.K.'s Independence Party and a member of the E.U. Parliament, taunted his fellow lawmakers.


    You, as a political project, are in denial. You're in denial that your currency is failing. You are in denial — well, just — well, just look at the Mediterranean.

    I will make one prediction this morning: The United Kingdom will not be the last member state to leave the European Union.


    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, came to Farage's defense.

  • MARINE LE PEN, Leader, French National Front Party (through translator):

    This is perhaps the most important historic event in the continent since the fall of the Berlin Wall.


    Meanwhile, the timetable for negotiating Britain's exit dominated much of the day. The president of the European Commission urged London to invoke Article 50 of the E.U. treaty quickly to start the process.

  • JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, President, European Commission (through translator):

    I would like the United Kingdom to clarify its position, not today or tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., but swiftly.


    But British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain won't invoke Article 50 and start negotiating the exit until he steps down this fall. But he pressed his European counterparts today for the best possible terms.

  • DAVID CAMERON, Prime Minister, United Kingdom:

    I want that process to be as constructive as possible. And I hope the outcome can be as constructive as possible, because, of course, while we are leaving the European Union, we must not be turning our backs on Europe.


    In Berlin, however, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Parliament that Britain cannot expect to get everything it wants.

  • ANGELA MERKEL, Chancellor, Germany (through translator):

    We will make sure that the negotiations will not follow the principle of cherry-picking. There has to be and there will be a clear distinction whether a country wants to be a part of the E.U. family or not.


    Back in London, there was more domestic political fallout. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who opposed the Brexit, lost a nonbinding confidence vote within his own party today. But he again insisted again he will not resign.

    As for economic fallout, the British treasury chief, George Osborne, warned it will take tax hikes and spending cuts to stabilize the country's financial position. And London's Mayor Sadiq Khan called for giving the capital greater autonomy to protect itself against economic uncertainty.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Margaret Warner.


    Back in this country, the Justice Department announced Volkswagen will spend roughly $15 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal. It includes $10 billion to buy back or repair 475,000 V.W. and Audi vehicles. Another $2.7 billion will go to offset excess pollution. And officials said $2 billion will fund research into zero-emission vehicles.

  • SALLY YATES, U.S. Deputy Attorney General:

    Volkswagen turned over 500,000 American drivers into unwitting accomplices in an unprecedented assault on our country's environment. While this announcement is an important step forward in achieving justice for the American people, let me be clear, it is by no means the last step.


    Volkswagen still faces billions of dollars in potential fines and penalties, and possible criminal charges.

    Efforts to push new Zika funding through Congress bogged down today. Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bill containing $1.1 million. They objected to restrictions on the use of birth control grants. Today's outcome kills any chance of action before the Fourth of July recess.

    And the world's number one golfer, Jason Day, has withdrawn from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over the threat of Zika. The Australian star said he won't risk infecting his wife with the virus, which can cause birth defects. Day is the latest high-profile athlete to pass on the Summer Games.

    And markets rebounded after a two-day rout caused by the Brexit vote. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 269 points to close at 17409. The Nasdaq rose 97 points, and the S&P 500 added 35.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Republicans release a two-year report on Benghazi — what did it find?; a look at why Great Britain's Brexit vote divided generations; how juvenile sex offenders are getting locked up decades after their sentences end; and much more.

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