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In the news wrap Friday, health officials said one Palestinian was killed in Gaza border clashes and more than 140 were wounded. Thousands of Palestinians protested, some hurling stones and ripping barbed wire from fences. Also, Israel and Iran traded tough talk after a military confrontation in Syria this week.
In the day's other news, violence erupted again at Gaza's border with Israel. Gazan health officials said one Palestinian was killed and more than 140 wounded. Thousands of Palestinians protested, some hurling stones and ripping barbed wire from fences.
Israeli troops responded with live fire and tear gas. Israel and Iran traded tough talk today, after a military confrontation in Syria this week. The Israelis released video of their air raids on Iranian units in Syria. The strikes came after the Iranians fired rockets at the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
At Friday prayers in Tehran, a hard-line Iranian cleric called for destroying Israeli cities.
Man (through translator):
The holy system of the Islamic republic will step up its missile capabilities day by day, so that the nightmare will constantly haunt Israel, that if it does anything foolish, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.
In turn, the Israeli defense minister demanded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cut his ties with Iranian forces backing his regime.
Avigdor Lieberman (through translator):
I have a message for Assad. Get rid of the Iranians. They are not helping you. They are only harming. We are not looking for friction or further confrontation with anybody. We didn't go to the Iranian border. They came here.
Overnight, the secretary-general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, called for a halt to all hostile acts between the two sides.
In Afghanistan today, Taliban fighters attacked bases in the country's southwest, killing more than 30 police officers. The attacks occurred in a region with major opium smuggling routes into Iran. Fighting is expected to intensify in the coming weeks, once the harvest of opium poppies is finished.
Back in this country, a new success for SpaceX today, as it aims for a manned mission in the future. The private company launched an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. It carried a communications satellite from Bangladesh. Later, the first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform, and will be reused.
And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 91 points to close at 24831. The Nasdaq fell two points, and the S&P 500 added four.
For the week, all three indexes gained more than 2 percent.
Still to come on the "NewsHour," what to expect from the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un; the president's plan to curb the rising cost of prescription drugs; how Iranians are responding to the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal; and much more.
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