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News Wrap: Geneva on high alert over terror warnings

In our news wrap Thursday, officials say the search is on for two to four suspects with possible links to the Islamic State group, amid new warnings of possible terrorist attacks in Geneva. Also, the U.S. military is attempting to explore the expansion of its ability to fight the Islamic State beyond Iraq and Syria.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Geneva, Switzerland, went on high alert today over new warnings of possible terrorist attacks. Officials said a search was on for two to four suspects with possible links to the Islamic State group. It was unclear if the alert was tied to last month's attacks in Paris.

    Police stepped up screenings at border crossings, and there was heavier security deployed outside the U.N.'s European headquarters and other sites.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The U.S. military is attempting to explore expanding its ability to fight Islamic State forces beyond Iraq and Syria. The New York Times reports the Pentagon wants to build up bases across East Africa, Southwest Asia and the Middle East for special operations and intelligence.

    At the Pentagon today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, that kind of network would help cut down the militants' reach.

  • ASHTON CARTER, Defense Secretary:

    This tumor is metastasizing or has metastasized. That's the reality, the recognition of that, behind the concept of linking together American counterterrorism and military nodes in the region and around the world.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The plan is subject to presidential approval.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has postponed a December visit to Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been singled out by many Israeli politicians for inviting Trump, after the GOP front-runner called for banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

    Today, Trump tweeted that he's putting off the trip because — quote — "I didn't want to put Netanyahu under pressure." He said he will reschedule after he becomes president.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Meanwhile, leaders of Arab states in the Persian Gulf region condemned verbal attacks on Muslims and Syrian refugees. Meeting in Riyadh, the heads of state warned against what they called hostile, racist and inhumane rhetoric. None directly named name Donald Trump.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in Washington, the Senate has approved a short-term funding bill to keep the government operating through next Wednesday. The House is expected to follow suit tomorrow. Negotiators still have to nail down agreement on long-term tax and spending measures totaling more than a trillion dollars.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan said this morning he remains optimistic about getting it done.

    REP. PAUL RYAN, Speaker of the House: I think our members understand the situation quite well. Look, we're not going to get everything we want in negotiations. The Democrats aren't going to get everything they want in negotiations. Not everybody gets what they want when you negotiate in divided government. But I think we will complete this.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Congressional leaders aim to complete the omnibus bills next week and adjourn for the year.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Commercial truck and bus drivers are going to have to start recording their driving hours electronically. A new federal rule released today aims to keep tired drivers off the road. It requires devices that automatically log engine hours and other data. Since 1938, operators have kept paper logs, but accident investigators say those are easily doctored.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street recouped some of its recent losses today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 82 points to close near 17575. The Nasdaq rose 22 points, and the S&P 500 added four.

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