News Wrap: EU, Turkey agree on migrant deal; riots flare in Brazil

In our news wrap Friday, the European Union has reached a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Eastern Europe. Also, the corruption crisis engulfing Brazil’s government flared as riot police in Sao Paulo resorted to water cannons and pepper spray to disperse protesters demanding the resignation of President Dilma Rousseff.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: The most wanted fugitive from November's Paris terrorist attack is captured in a Brussels shoot-out.

  • Then:

    The European Union reaches a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees coming in by the thousands each day.

    Mark Shields and David Brooks are here to analyze a full week of political news.

    And how a new feature film grapples with the moral dilemmas of drone warfare.

    GAVIN HOOD, Director, "Eye in the Sky": The tiny drone flies through the window or a door, and detonates right by your temple, or it blows a little dose of anthrax in your nose as it flies by. It's very creepy, but there's no stopping it.


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



    The day's other major story also comes from Brussels, where European leaders sealed a deal with Turkey to stem the tide of migrants. It calls for sending back thousands who reach Greece. The Turkish coast guard also moved aggressively today to block migrant sailings, nearly swamping one boat on the Aegean Sea. In all, some 1,700 people were detained. We will have a full report later in the program.

    The corruption crisis that has engulfed Brazil's government deepened again today. Riot police in Sao Paulo used water cannon and pepper spray to roust protesters ahead of a planned rally by government supporters. The protesters are demanding the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff.

    And in Iraq, thousands marched on Baghdad's government center, demanding reforms to end corruption there. Riot police stood aside and let the demonstrators cut through a razor wire fence to get closer to the fortified Green Zone. There, they put up tents and began a sit-in.

  • PROTESTER (through interpreter):

    We are staying here and will not pull back. We will stay here, leaving our families and mothers until the corrupters leave. Are you listening to me? That's it.


    The protesters are responding to a call for action from Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shiite cleric.

    Back in this country, a crack appeared in Senate Republican opposition to voting on Merrick Garland, the president's Supreme Court nominee. Illinois Senator Mark Kirk said today that he's breaking with his party leaders. In his words, "It's just man up and vote." Kirk faces a difficult reelection fight in a Democratic-leaning state.

    Wall Street kept its rally going today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 120 points to close above 17600. The Nasdaq rose 20 points, and the S&P 500 added nine. The Dow and the S&P are now back in positive territory for the year.

    And for the first time, a woman has been tapped to lead a U.S. military combat command. The Pentagon says that President Obama will nominate Air Force General Lori Robinson to lead the U.S. Northern Command. It oversees all military activities in North America. Robinson is currently head of U.S. air forces in the Pacific.

    And, finally, if you had Michigan State winning it all in college basketball's march madness, your bracket is toast. A 15th seed, Middle Tennessee State, shocked the second-seeded Spartans today 90-81, and that was in the first round. It's one of the biggest upsets since they started seeding teams in 1985.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice on the Paris attacker and the president's upcoming visit to Cuba; what the European Union migrant deal means for the migrants themselves; Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the stop Trump movement; a new movie on the complications of drone warfare; and much more.

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