News Wrap: G-7 leaders rebuke Beijing on South China Sea dispute

In our news wrap Friday, the G-7 summit in Japan ended with world leaders calling for peaceful resolutions to territorial disputes, a clear warning against China’s bid to expand its reach in the South China Sea by building man-made islands. Also, the UN Nuclear Agency reported Iran is honoring all its major obligations under the nuclear deal it signed with world powers last year.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight:


    Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering.


    Making history. As the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, President Obama pays tribute to victims, and calls for an end to nuclear weapons.

    And it's Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks take on a week full of news and politics, as the candidates level new attacks at each other.

  • Then, courtroom canines:

    how man's best friend is helping younger crime victims feel more at ease taking the stand.

  • PEARL CURIEL, Mother:

    I couldn't be right there, where the mom is supposed to be. I couldn't hold my daughter and rub her back while she talked, you know? But he was. He was able to say, you know what, I'm not going to leave you.


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



    The events at Hiroshima came after major economic powers wrapped up a two-day Group of Seven Summit in Japan. In a warning aimed at China, the leaders opposed unilateral actions in the East and South China Seas. Instead, they called for peaceful resolutions to territorial disputes.

    Beijing responded that the G7 should stick to economic matters.

    There is word that Iran is honoring all its major obligations under the nuclear deal it signed with world powers last year. The Associated Press obtained the confidential assessment by the U.N.'s Nuclear Agency. It says that Tehran has now corrected a previous violation. Under the deal, Iran won relief from international sanctions in exchange for limits on its nuclear activities.

    The U.S. presidential campaign was strictly a West Coast affair today. All three candidates campaigned with an eye on the calendar and the date of June 7.

    Lisa Desjardins has our report.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: I want to make a big play for California. Should I?



    One day after clinching the GOP nomination, Donald Trump kept up his push for the Golden State. Outside his Fresno event, protesters kept up their push too. But, elsewhere, Trump gained new, if lukewarm, words of support from a former opponent, Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

    SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R), Florida: I don't want Hillary Clinton to be president. If there's something I can do to help that from happening, and it's helpful to the cause, I would most certainly be honored to be considered for that.


    Trump, too, is talking about Hillary Clinton.


    The inspector general, who's a Democrat, did a big, big number on her. I don't know how she can continue to run, I will be honest with you. How does she continue to run? Do you think Hillary looks presidential in office?

  • CROWD:



    Like Trump, the two remaining Democrats spent their campaign day in voter-rich California, with polls showing a much tighter race between them as the June 7 primary nears. Bernie Sanders went big, rallying with union workers on the San Pedro Waterfront.

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, Democratic Presidential Candidate:

    You and I are going to have to tell the billionaire class they cannot get it all, that this economy and government belong to all of us.



    It is an absurdity that you have multibillionaire like Sheldon Adelson contributing large sums of money to another billionaire, like Donald Trump.


    Hillary Clinton met with community leaders in Oakland, hitting again at Trump's temperament.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: You know, I like to say, yes, we can use the White House as a bully pulpit. We don't want a bully in the White House. But we can use the bully pulpit to talk about issues. Let's begin to cut across all the barriers, the geographic barriers and everything else that stand in the way.


    For now, what's standing in Clinton's way is the number 73, as in the remaining delegates she needs for the nomination.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Lisa Desjardins.


    Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace the air bag inflators. The devices made by the Japanese firm Takata can explode with too much force. They have been linked to at least 11 deaths worldwide. The new recalls are part of an expanded campaign announced earlier this month.

    The U.N. Refugee Agency is urging Hungary and Serbia to help migrants now camping in desperate conditions. They're on the Serbian side of the border, blocked from moving north by the fence that Hungary put up last year. U.N. officials say that some 300 migrants are living in tents there. They have no access to toilets or to running water, and have to rely on aid groups for food.

    Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers may be back on the job in the Eastern U.S. next week with a new four-year contract. The company and its unions reached a tentative deal today to end a strike. Landline and cable employees walked off the job April 13 in nine Eastern states and the District of Columbia.

    In economic news, growth ran at annual rate of eight-tenths of a percent in the first quarter. That is relatively weak, but it's better than the initial estimate. The Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen, also said today that she expects another interest rate hike before long, if growth continues to improve.

    And Wall Street capped off its strongest week since March. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 45 points to close at 17873. The Nasdaq rose more than 31, and the S&P 500 added nine points. For the week, the Dow and S&P 500 was up 2 percent. The Nasdaq rose 3 percent.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": a look at the world's nuclear reality 70 years after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb; one Japanese man's quest to remember the 12 American POWs killed at Hiroshima; a top chef's solution to food waste; and much more.

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