News Wrap: Desperate migrants start to march toward Germany

In our news wrap Friday, thousands of refugees and migrants who had been trapped at a railway station in Budapest set out by foot to reach Germany, hundreds of miles away. Also, 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed in Yemen in a fight with Shiite rebels.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The newest numbers out on the U.S. economy today pointed in opposite directions.

    On the one hand, job creation in August was the slowest it's been in five months. The Labor Department reported employers added a net of 173,000 workers. At the same time, the unemployment rate, based on a separate survey, fell to its best place since early 2008, 5.1 percent. We will get some reaction and analysis later in the program.

    The reaction on Wall Street was decidedly negative. Investors worried that the lackluster job growth won't stop the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 270 points to close near 16100. The Nasdaq fell nearly 50 points, and the S&P 500 dropped 30. For the week, all three indexes were down 3 percent or more.

    To Europe's refugee and migrant crisis. Crowds of Syrians and others began streaming out of Budapest, Hungary, today with all their belongings, determined to make it to Germany. Hundreds more struggled to get past authorities in other parts of the country.

    James Mates of Independent Television News reports from Budapest.

  • JAMES MATES:

    It is not quite on a biblical scale, but an exodus, it certainly is, at least 2000, maybe more, of the refugees and migrants who've been trapped at a railway station in Budapest now deciding to walk the hundreds of miles to Germany and what they see as the promised land.

    Children too were set on the road, the blazing sun and traffic on the major motorway out of the city no deterrent. It is hard to imagine this refugee could have gotten yet sadder and still more pathetic. They have clearly set out on a hopeless quest. The Austrian border is much too far to walk. Yet the fact they have done this at all reflects their desperation being stuck in Budapest.

    Infirmity was no barrier. There is clearly no chance of many of these people making it more than a few more miles. But they know that what they are doing will get attention, and anything must be better than sitting in squalor waiting for a train that may never come.

    Is this your way of forcing, shaming Europe into helping you?

  • MAN:

    Yes, that is what we want. That is what we want.

  • JAMES MATES:

    It's hundreds of miles to the border. You're not going to be able to walk that far.

  • MAN:

    OK. We make — we make our way to Germany. This is history. Our children will know everything.

  • JAMES MATES:

    A few miles away, the 36-hour saga of the refugee train is finally coming to an end. A freight train has been moved in to block the view of cameras. Many of those on board have now given up and are being taken out to waiting buses, though others are believed to have fled down the tracks.

    But it's not clear there is any point even in taking people to camps or reception centers. We watched a busload being brought into the center at Bicske, where they were fingerprinted, but barely 10 minutes later were simply jumping over the fence and walking away. No one appeared to be trying to stop them.

    There was a different attitude on display at a camp in the far south of Hungary on the Serbian border. News from Budapest is inflaming opinion everywhere, and here at Roszke, there was an attempt to break down the fence. Police moved in, using liberal amounts of tear gas to try and restore order.

    The situation, though, is degenerating by the day. There are simply too many people on the move for the Hungarians to keep them under control.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Later, the Hungarian government announced that it will send some 100 buses to take the crowds to the Austrian border.

    Back in Syria, two small boys and their mother were buried after they drowned trying to get to Greece. An image of one of the children washed up on a beach, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, has galvanized a global wave of sympathy. The burial was in the family's home town of Kobani, near the border with Turkey. The father said he wants to stay near them and won't try to get back to Europe.

    In Yemen, 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed today fighting Shiite rebels. Officials said a missile struck a weapons depot near their post, about 75 miles east of Sanaa, the capital city. The attack was the deadliest yet on the Gulf Arab coalition. It's being led by Saudi Arabia, in a kind of proxy war with Iran.

    President Obama welcomed Saudi King Salman for his first visit to the White House today. The president reaffirmed U.S. support for stabilizing Yemen, while acknowledging the costs in human lives and suffering.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    We share concern about Yemen and the need to restore a functioning government that is inclusive and that can relieve the humanitarian situation there.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Mr. Obama also offered assurances about the nuclear deal with Iran. And the Saudi minister said that his government is satisfied with those assurances.

    Meanwhile, the president secured a senator's support, this from Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet; 38 U.S. senators now favor the agreement. That's just three short of what's needed to block a Republican resolution disapproving the deal.

    Same-sex couples in Rowan County, Kentucky began receiving marriage licenses today. Deputy county clerks issued those documents, while their boss, Kim Davis, remained in jail for refusing to do so. The first couple at the courthouse got their license in a crush of news cameras.

    Then, they celebrated outside, as supporters cheered and protesters booed.

  • QUESTION:

    What does this mean for same-sex rights in this country?

  • MAN:

    This means, at least for this area, civil rights are civil rights, and they're not subject to belief.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Later, Kim Davis' lawyer said the licenses issued today are worthless. And he said he will appeal a federal judge's order that put her behind bars for contempt of court.

    And Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he plans to visit the jail next week to meet with Davis. But GOP front-runner Donald Trump, citing the Supreme Court, said same-sex marriage is now the law of the land and, in his words, you have to go with it.

    And a teacher from New York City was arrested early today for allegedly crashing a drone at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The drone buzzed over the players in Louis Armstrong Stadium last night, before landing in an empty section of seats. The police and fire departments investigated and the match was allowed to continue. The 26-year-old teacher faces a charge of reckless endangerment, among others.

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