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News Wrap: Death toll rises from Gaza-Israel border violence

In our news wrap Monday, the death toll rose to 18 from Friday's violence along the Gaza-Israel border. Israel denied its soldiers used excessive force, saying protesters were throwing fire bombs and stones. Also, protests continued in India-controlled Kashmir. Separatist leaders called a general strike and authorities imposed heavy security and a curfew.

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    In the day's other news, the death toll rose to 18 in last Friday's violence along the Gaza-Israel border, as another Palestinian died of wounds. Israel denied using excessive force. It said protesters were throwing firebombs and stones. Amateur video purported to show one man being fatally shot while running away. Another was wounded while kneeling in prayer. The Israelis disputed the videos.

    It's been a tense day in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Fighting there on Sunday pitted soldiers against rebels and killed 20 people, including four civilians. Today, protests continued as separatist leaders called a general strike, and authorities imposed heavy security and a curfew.

  • MAN:

    We want to give New Delhi the message that we will not succumb. The only way to bring back the peace to the valley, bring back peace to the subcontinent is to resolve Jammu and Kashmir dispute through right to self-determination.


    The rebels want Kashmir made part of Pakistan, or made independent.

    In Syria, the largest rebel faction near Damascus began withdrawing today. Members of the Army of Islam abandoned Eastern Ghouta, in a deal with the Syrian military. State media showed buses evacuating the rebel fighters and their families. They headed for a town in Northern Syria, near the Turkish border.

    Voters in Costa Rica have chosen a new president, in a race that became a referendum on same-sex marriage. In Sunday's runoff, former Cabinet Minister Carlos Alvarado defeated a Christian evangelical who opposed letting gays marry. Alvarado will be sworn in next month.

    In South Africa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela, is being mourned tonight. She died today at a hospital in Johannesburg, after years of battling apartheid and scandal.

    P.J. Tobia has our report.


    My husband has been fighting for the liberation of the African people, for the working harmoniously of all the racial groups in this country.

  • P.J. TOBIA:

    She was known to many black South Africans as the mother of the nation. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela came to the anti-apartheid cause early, and married Nelson Mandela in 1958. When he was sentenced to life in prison for treason in 1963, she carried on the struggle.

    In 1976, she was arrested and held for five months without trial, and a year later, was exiled to a white township. She became an international symbol of resistance, campaigning for Mandela's release and the rights of black South Africans. She returned to Johannesburg in 1985, and endorsed violent tactics, including necklacing, hanging tires on suspected informers and setting them on fire.


    With our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.

  • P.J. TOBIA:

    In February 1990, she finally walked hand in hand with her husband as he left prison. But they separated in 1992, and divorced in 1996, two years after Mr. Mandela became president of South Africa. In 1991, Madikizela-Mandela was convicted of kidnapping four teens in the 1980s.

    Later, she apologized before the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


    I am saying it is true. Things went horribly wrong. For that, I am deeply sorry.

  • P.J. TOBIA:

    She also served in government, but was convicted of fraud. This evening, though, as mourners danced outside of her home, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute.


    She remained throughout her life a tireless advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalized.

  • P.J. TOBIA:

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was 81 years old.

    For the PBS NewsHour, I'm P.J. Tobia.


    And another passing of note — television writer and producer Steven Bochco has died in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. Starting in 1981, he created a series of hits, including "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law," and "NYPD Blue." Along the way, he won 10 prime-time Emmys. Steven Bochco was 74 years old.

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