News Wrap: Funerals for slain Dallas police officers begin, China defies ruling on disputed waters

In our news wrap Wednesday, funerals for three of the five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper began, a day after President Barack Obama paid tribute to them. The wife of one of the three delivered a moving eulogy to the mourners. Among them were leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, a defiant China landed planes on a manmade island it has built in the dispute South China Sea.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Good evening. I'm Gwen Ifill.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And I'm Judy Woodruff.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    On the "NewsHour" tonight:

  • DAVID CAMERON, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom:

    My only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    David Cameron steps down as British prime minister, handing over the increasingly complicated job of governing an independent Britain to Conservative Theresa May.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Also ahead this Wednesday: Speculation mounts over possible V.P. picks, as Donald Trump spars with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Hillary Clinton calls out Trump for being divisive.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And the latest in our series The End of AIDS? takes us to New York state, home to nearly one in 10 HIV-positive Americans.

    JON COHEN, "Science" Magazine: New York has so many infected people that it has problems of scale when trying to end an epidemic. It buys more drug than anywhere else to treat HIV-infected people.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

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

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The first funerals were held today for the police officers shot to death by a sniper in Dallas last week. Thousands attended memorials for three of the five victims, police Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Sergeant Michael Smith, and Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson.

    Thompson's wife, a fellow officer, spoke at his service.

    EMILY THOMPSON, Wife of Brent Thompson: Brent loves all of his brothers and sisters in blue. I encourage you to stand with me, continue to wear the badge with me, remembering the oath we took. We will not, we cannot, we shall not let the act of a coward break us.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Elsewhere, the American Civil Liberties Union and others sued the police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, over their treatment of protesters.

    And President Obama called in police chiefs, mayors and civil rights activists to talk about building trust between police and minorities.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    China today rejected an international court's ruling against its claims in the South China Sea. Chinese planes made test landings on newly built artificial islands. And, in Beijing, the Foreign Ministry said it may impose an air defense zone over the region.

  • LU KANG, Foreign Ministry Spokesman (through translator):

    China firmly upholds the dignity and solemnity of international law. We will by no means agree upon the sheer fallacy that the award from an illegal arbitration tribunal is legally binding.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Taiwan also condemned the tribunal's ruling. It has similar territorial claims to those of mainland China.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Nearly 50 more U.S. troops arrived in South Sudan's capital today to protest American citizens and — protect, I should say, American citizens and property. That follows days of fighting between rival factions, until a cease-fire yesterday.

    Meanwhile, U.N. peacekeepers helped evacuate civilians from the city today. There were also reports that armed men have attacked people trying to flee, and demanded money.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Back in this country, Wall Street took a pause from its recent rally. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 24 points to close at 18372. The Nasdaq fell 17 points, and the S&P 500 added a fraction.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": a new prime minister moves into 10 Downing Street; who could fill the vice presidential slot for Donald Trump?; New York's daunting task of defeating AIDS; and much more.

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