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News Wrap: Iraqi leader declares ‘victory’ in Fallujah; British mourn murdered politician

In our news wrap Friday, after a month-long campaign, Iraqi special forces pushed into the heart of Fallujah for the first time since it was seized by the Islamic State in 2014; Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the terror group. Also, the people of Great Britain held vigils across the country for slain Member of Parliament Jo Cox, who was stabbed and shot to death Thursday.

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    Good evening. I'm Judy Woodruff.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: Fifty-one State Department officials sign a letter urging the Obama administration to abandon its policy in Syria and carry out airstrikes against Syria's president.

    Then, ahead of the Olympics, we dive in to the story behind Brazil's deadly waters, and how local residents are risking it all to fight pollution.

  • ALEXANDRE ANDERSON, Fisherman (through interpreter):

    They shot at me in front of the fisherman's association. Shrapnel hit my waist, but I knew I had to keep fighting. Other fishermen have been killed.


    And it's Friday. Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze a full week of news.

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



    Iraqi special forces pushed into the heart of Fallujah today, for the first time since Islamic State fighters seized it in early 2014.

    The breakthrough came nearly a month into an army offensive to recapture the city. Troops paraded the Iraqi flag through the city's streets today after taking the main government complex. Later, the prime minister declared victory.

    The people of Britain mourned today for Jo Cox, the member of parliament who was brutally murdered yesterday.

    Rohit Kachroo of Independent Television News reports on the day's events.


    If ever there was a moment for unity, perhaps this was it. Today, leaders became just mourners, walking through the silent streets in the footsteps of so many others. They came to the place where Jo Cox lived and is loved to share their sadness one by one with flowers and then with moving tributes.

  • DAVID CAMERON, Prime Minister, United Kingdom:

    Today, our nation is rightly shocked. And I think it is a moment to stand back and think about some of the things that are so important about our country.

  • JEREMY CORBYN, Leader, Labor Party:

    She was taken from us in an act of hatred, in a vile act that has killed her. It's an attack on democracy, what happened yesterday. It's the will of hatred that killed her.


    They announced that Parliament will be recalled on Monday.

    She is mourned as a campaigner, but missed most as a mother. Her husband posted this today, messages from the prime minister, from friends, from strangers told of the impact of her death. It's the motive behind it, though, that's still a mystery.


    The accused killer, Thomas Mair, remains in custody. Investigators are looking into possible links to far-right extremist groups.

    Grieving families held more funerals today in Orlando for the victims of Sunday's nightclub attack. Mourners consoled each other at a service for two of the 49 killed in the mass shooting. Also today, Orlando's mayor announced that a fund to help the families has collected $7 million.

    This was also the anniversary of the Charleston, South Carolina, shootings. One year ago today, a white gunman shot nine black parishioners to death at the Emanuel AME Church. Today, Governor Nikki Haley and other leaders joined in a memorial service, paying tribute to the victims.

    GOV. NIKKI HALEY (R), South Carolina: They taught us amazing things. We will forever be changed, the Mother Emanuel 12 that we will always talk about. I don't want it to be talked about on an anniversary. I will always talk about it, whether I'm in state or out of state. I will always talk about these people who changed my life. And I will forever be grateful.


    The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, is facing the death penalty in both state and federal trials.

    In Germany, a court has convicted a former guard at the Auschwitz death camp of aiding in 170,000 murders. Reinhold Hanning is now 94. The judge ruled today that he was part of the Nazi machinery behind the Holocaust. Survivors welcomed the decision.

  • HEDY BOHM, Auschwitz Survivor:

    I feel that my loved ones who were murdered finally got some justice, that my murdered mother and father now perhaps can rest in peace.


    Hanning was sentenced to five years in prison. He has apologized, but says that he never took part in actual killings.

    Investigators have found the second black box from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last month. The recovery of the cockpit voice recorder boosts hopes of determining the cause of the crash. All 66 people on board died when the plane disappeared May 19.

    A world sports body today upheld the ban on Russia's track and field team for the upcoming Summer Olympics. The International Association of Athletics Federations found that Moscow has not done enough to clean up widespread doping. President Vladimir Putin denied that his government was involved in the doping, and Russian officials said that they may appeal.

    And on Wall Street today, stocks finished the week with more losses, amid worries that Britain will leave the European Union. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 58 points to close at 17675. The Nasdaq fell 44 points, and the S&P 500 dropped six.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": dozens of State Department officials break with President Obama on Syria; dirty water threatening the Summer Olympics; the case for Britain staying in the E.U.; and much more.

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