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News Wrap: Earthquake off Indonesia sparks devastating tsunami

In our news wrap Friday, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake off Indonesia sparked a devastating tsunami. A wave up to 10 feet high crashed into the coast of Sulawesi, washing away homes and leaving an unknown number of people missing in Palu and Donggala. Also, the former Vatican diplomat accusing Pope Francis of a sexual misconduct cover-up says the pope is waging a "subtle slander" campaign against him.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    In the day's other news: The U.S. State Department ordered the evacuation of the American Consulate in Basra in Southern Iraq. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed rocket attacks by Iranian-backed militias. He warned that the U.S. — quote — "will respond promptly and appropriately" to any such attacks.

    A tsunami in Indonesia washed away homes today and left an unknown number of people missing. An earthquake sent a wave of up to 10 feet high crashing into the coast of Sulawesi, striking the coast of Palu and a smaller town.

    We have a report from Geraint Vincent of Independent Television News.

  • GERAINT VINCENT:

    The sun is setting on a seaside town on the island of Sulawesi. But the ocean is about to shatter the evening's calm.

    A wave starts to roll across the sand. In the places where people have sought refuge, there's panic. The water crashes through the beachside cafe and onto the streets, into the grounds of a mosque, where the earlier earthquake has already caused the roof to collapse. After nightfall, on the other side of the island, people who were injured in the quake made it to hospital. But the fear of aftershocks and another building collapse meant that they were treated outside. The safest place to sleep is out in the open.

    Indonesian officials say that power cuts have made it difficult to assess the scale of the damage, but that were swept away by the tidal wave and that families have been reported missing along the many fault lines which stretch across this part of the earth. Counting the cost of the latest quake will have to wait until daylight returns.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    That report from Geraint Vincent of Independent Television News.

    A former Vatican diplomatic accused Pope Francis today of waging a subtle slander campaign against him. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has claimed a cover-up involving former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and alleged sexual misconduct.

    In a new letter today, Vigano said the pope compared him to Satan in recent remarks, and he said Vatican silence about a cover-up only confirms it.

    Iranian government fired back today at Israeli accusations that it has a secret atomic warehouse. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the claim at the U.N. Today, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, dismissed the presentation as — quote — "an arts and crafts show."

    Back in this country, Facebook reports that hackers have compromised 50 million of its user accounts. The tech giant said today that the attackers used a Facebook function that lets users see how their profiles appear to others. Facebook said it doesn't know who was behind the cyber-attack or if any hacked accounts were misused.

    A federal judge today allowed a lawsuit to proceed against President Trump over the so-called Emoluments Clause in the Constitution. Some 200 congressional Democrats have filed the suit. It alleges Mr. Trump is illegally taking payments from foreign entities, especially through his Washington, D.C., hotel.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 18 points to close at 26458. The Nasdaq rose four and the S&P 500 added a fraction.

    And two robotic rovers hopping across the surface of an asteroid have now sent back images. The picture show a rocky surface taken from slightly different angles. The asteroid is 170 million miles from Earth. The rovers are about the size of cookie tins. They were dropped to the surface by a Japanese probe.

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