In our news wrap Monday, at least 23 people were killed and nearly 50 more wounded by a suicide car bomb in a busy commercial district -- and mostly Shiite neighborhood -- of Baghdad. The violence erupted as Iraq's prime minister was visiting the White House. Also: Syrian government forces recaptured part of the capital city Damascus a day after a surprise rebel incursion.
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In the day’s other news: There’s word that U.S. authorities will ban many electronic devices on certain incoming foreign flights. News accounts tonight say the Homeland Security Department will announce the move tomorrow. It’s said to include about a dozen foreign air carriers flying out of Africa and the Middle East.
A suicide car bomb killed at least 23 people today and wounded nearly 50 more in Baghdad. Police and hospital officials say that the target was a busy commercial district in a mostly Shiite neighborhood. The Islamic State group has staged a number of attacks in Baghdad, even as it’s losing ground to a government offensive to retake the city of Mosul.
The violence erupted as Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, was visiting President Trump at the White House. The president praised Abadi, but said the U.S. pullout from Iraq left a vacuum for ISIS militants to fill.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:
Your soldiers are fighting hard. I know Mosul is moving along. But Mosul was ours until we left. So, perhaps we shouldn’t have gone in, and, certainly, we shouldn’t have left. We should never, ever have left.
Later this week, Mr. Trump will host a meeting of leaders from 68 nations to discuss strategy against ISIS.
In Syria, government forces recaptured parts of Damascus a day after a surprise rebel incursion in the capital city. The rebel blitz marked the biggest infiltration of Damascus since 2012. The Syrian air force carried out airstrikes today on besieged areas. Activists reported dozens killed, and said the fighting was continuing in some places.
A new shakeup has hit the ride-sharing company Uber. Jeff Jones has resigned as president after six months on the job. In a statement, he said his beliefs are — quote — “inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber.”
The company faces allegations that it ignores sexual harassment. It also acknowledged using software to disguise its activities in cities around the world.
Billionaire and philanthropist David Rockefeller died today. He was the last surviving grandchild of John D. Rockefeller, who built the Standard Oil fortune. David Rockefeller served as president of Chase Manhattan Bank for 20 years and was a major benefactor of the arts and conservation. He was 101 years old.
Wall Street started this week with a lackluster showing. The Dow Jones industrial average lost eight points to close below 20906. The Nasdaq rose half-a-point, and the S&P 500 slipped four.
And there’s a new happiest place on earth. It’s Norway. It bested Denmark for the top spot in this year’s World Happiness Report. The survey was co-authored by economists in the U.S. and Canada. It takes into account life expectancy, freedom, wealth and other factors. The U.S. slipped a spot to 14th overall among 155 countries. The Central African Republic ranked last.