News Wrap: Demand for electricity sparks massive protest in Kabul over power line’s route

In our news wrap Monday, the Afghan capital of Kabul went on lockdown after tens of thousands of minority Hazaras marched through the streets, demanding that a planned multinational power line be routed through their province. Also, the U.S. and other world powers announced intentions to arm the internationally-recognized Libyan government to help it fight the Islamic State and other militants.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And I'm Hari Sreenivasan. Gwen Ifill is away this week.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: contraception coverage and online privacy at the high court. We break down today's Supreme Court rulings.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Also ahead this Monday: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton prepare for two state primaries tomorrow, while Donald Trump faces his own battles as the sole Republican candidate.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And decades after war, the Balkans struggle with differing forms of Islam and fight to shut down radical mosques some say are breeding terrorist fighters.

  • RAZIM COLIC, Foreign Affairs Director, Islamic Community:

    A number of them, they have been in contact with some people outside Bosnia-Herzegovina, because this is not from Bosnia. This has been imported from somewhere else.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

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

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news: The U.S. and other world powers announced they're ready to arm the internationally recognized government of Libya. They want an exemption to a U.N. arms embargo to supply weapons to fight Islamic State forces. Officials from the U.S. and 20 other countries met in Vienna.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said they want to help Libya fight ISIS and other militants.

    JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State: There has been no request otherwise at this point in time for some other kind of intervention. We are simply in a mode of trying to help and assist and develop a Libyan capacity to be able to respond to the challenge of security within Libya.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The Pentagon confirmed today that small teams of U.S. troops are on the ground assessing the situation. The Washington Post reported last week that they're special operations forces deployed at two outposts.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The capital of Afghanistan was on lockdown today as tens of thousands of minority Hazara sect protested. They marched in Kabul, demanding that a planned multinational power line be routed through their province. They argue it would will lift the area out of poverty. Police blocked off roads in the city, fearing possible violence.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The 50th anniversary of China's cultural revolution came and went with little official recognition today. State media were mostly silent on the violent campaign to revive communist goals that began on May 16, 1966. Mao Zedong rallied the youthful Red Guard to persecute millions.

    Today, many criticize the brutal campaign.

  • ZAHO SHUNLI, Retired Red Guard Member (through interpreter):

    The 30 years after the reforms show that this was totally wrong. The reforms didn't bring any benefit to our country, to our lives. They didn't bring any development to our economy and our industry.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The cultural revolution officially ended with Mao's death in 1976. The ruling Communist Party formally condemned the movement in 1981.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, thousands of low-income students will soon be eligible for federal Pell Grants to take college courses in high school. The Education Department said today it's earmarking about $20 million for the next school year to help about 10,000 students; 44 institutions, most of them community colleges, are expected to participate.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And Wall Street rallied, as rising oil prices pushed energy stocks higher. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 175 points to close at 17710. The Nasdaq rose 57 points, and the S&P 500 added 20.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": Hillary Clinton's last-minute push for votes in Kentucky; the Supreme Court sidesteps a key contraceptive ruling; Bosnian Muslims crack down on allegedly radical mosques; and much more.

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