News Wrap: Final fugitive from Paris attacks arrested in Brussels

In our news wrap Friday, Belgian police arrested a key suspect linked to the November terror attacks in Paris and may be connected to the March attacks in Brussels as well. Also, Greek authorities resumed deporting migrants deemed asylum-ineligible back to Turkey after a four-day pause.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: The pope issues a landmark manifesto on family life, urging greater tolerance for divorced and remarried Catholics, while standing firmly against same-sex marriage.

  • Then:

    inside the most overcrowded prison in America. Can reform help Alabama out of a dangerous system that's reaching a breaking point?

  • BRYAN STEVENSON, Equal Justice Initiative:

    The truth is, we have got thousands of people in jails and prisons who don't need to be there. And we haven't found the courage yet to get them out.


    And it's Friday. David Brooks and Ruth Marcus are here, to analyze the week's news.

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



    In the day's other news, Pope Francis called for Catholics to put conscience over dogma on critical moral issues. His statement, 256-pages-long, suggested that some clergy might allow divorced Catholics to take communion. There was no change in the church's opposition to same-sex marriage. We will explore the pope's statement after the news summary.

    Police in Belgium say they have arrested the last fugitive from arrested the Paris attacks in November. Mohamed Abrini was picked up in a raid in Brussels, along with four others. Prosecutors say he may also be the hat-wearing suspect who escaped after the bombings in Brussels.

  • ERIC VAN DER SYPT, Federal Prosecutor, Belgium:

    At the moment, the investigators are verifying whether Abrini, Mohamed, can be positively identified as being the third person — third person present during the attacks in Brussels National Airport, the so-called man with the hat.


    Mohamed Abrini's exact role in the Paris attacks has never been made clear.

    Greece resumed deporting migrants to Turkey today, after a four-day pause. More than 120 people were ferried away from the Greek island of Lesbos under a deal with the European Union. Human rights activists have condemned the deportations.

    The government of Syria has released an American who's been held since 2012. He's identified as Kevin Dawes, a freelance photographer. Russia says it aided in his release, flying him to Moscow last week. Meanwhile, Syrian activists report that scores of kidnapped workers are being released by Islamic State militants. They were seized earlier this week.

    Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Baghdad today, and urged Iraqis to focus on fighting ISIS. He met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who's facing a political crisis over corruption, a struggling economy and poor security.

    JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State: It is important to have a unified and functioning government as rapidly as possible in order to move forward, so that all of these operations are not affected, and so that we give confidence to the coalition.


    Kerry said that Abadi didn't ask for additional U.S. troops.

    The Obama administration today turned over thousands of documents on Operation Fast and Furious. They involve a gun-running investigation that may have let Mexican drug gangs get their hands on 2,000 weapons. House Republicans demanded the documents four years ago, but the president initially claimed executive privilege. In January, a federal judge rejected that claim.

    Wall Street finished the week with modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 35 points to close near 17577. The Nasdaq rose two points, and the S&P 500 added five.

    And an inflatable room is headed toward the International Space Station. It was launched today on a SpaceX rocket for a two-year test. NASA animation shows how the pop-up module will be attached to the orbiting lab and inflated. It could prove an alternative to metal enclosures. In another first, the booster rocket landed on an ocean barge today to be reused.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": the pope's views on the church and the modern family; a look inside the most overcrowded prison system in the nation; why Kenya is being targeted by the terror group Al-Shabaab; and much more.

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