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News Wrap: Iraqi PM urges Sunni tribal leaders to defend Ramadi from Islamic State

In our news wrap Friday, Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Sunni tribal leaders to urge them to defend the city of Ramadi from Islamic State forces. Also, the prime minister of Nepal pledged to establish an early warning system after a blizzard killed at least 29 people trekking through the Himalayas.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street wound up a wild week with a positive finish, thanks to strong corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 263 points to close at 16,380. The Nasdaq rose 41 points to close at 4,258. And the S&P 500 added 24 to 1,886. For the week, the Dow and S&P still lost 1 percent and the Nasdaq fell about 0.5 percent.

    Government forces in Iraq have launched new operations against Islamic State fighters. The troops, aided by coalition airstrikes, aim to retake areas around Tikrit and Baiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery. And Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met today with Sunni tribal leaders urging them to defend Ramadi in the west.

    In Washington, the head of U.S. Central Command, General Lloyd Austin, said the meeting is an encouraging sign.

  • GEN. LLOYD AUSTIN, Commander, U.S. Central Command:

    I'm hopeful that they will continue to establish and build on — establish some confidence and build upon that going forward. But it — this is what has to happen and I think the leaders understand that.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Later, a string of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least two dozen people. More than 170 have died in attacks just since last weekend.

    In Hong Kong, new clashes flared in the standoff between authorities and protesters demanding elections free of Beijing's control. It started early today when police raided and cleared one of the protest sites. Hours later, a large crowd tried to return, and police used pepper spray and batons to beat back protesters and to make arrests.

    The prime minister of Nepal pledged today to set up an early warning system after a blizzard this week killed at least 29 people taking treks through the Himalayas.

    Rebecca Barry of Independent Television News reports on the ongoing rescue effort.

  • REBECCA BARRY:

    Back to safety, but still clearly in shock. Others were not so lucky, their bodies transferred to hospital in Katmandu. For days, rescuers have been struggling to reach hikers trapped along this popular Himalayan route, following a violent storm, many bodies still to be recovered from the snow.

    ITV News spoke to Paul Sherridan, a policeman from Doncaster seen here on the right. This photo was taken earlier in his trip to Nepal, days before the blizzards hit.

  • PAUL SHERRIDAN, Survivor:

    The wind whipped up again. And we all sort of fell to the floor. We sort of all held each other on the floor, for fear of being blown away, basically.

  • REBECCA BARRY:

    Some survivors say their guides were not properly equipped.

  • LINOR KAJAN, Survivor:

    I think that everybody there was really frightened. We all thought that some — somebody is going to die and maybe we are going to die.

  • REBECCA BARRY:

    October is the biggest month for tracking here because the weather is usually clear and sunny. Now it could be the month of Nepal's worth mountaineering tragedy.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Bermuda braced today for a different kind of storm, Hurricane Gonzalo. The center of the system was passing the British island territory this evening with winds of 130 miles an hour. As the day went on, wind gusts grew stronger and high waves whipped the shore. Officials warned of significant flooding from the first major hurricane to hit Bermuda since 2003.

    And in the Pacific, the storm Ana grew into a hurricane, heading toward the main Hawaiian islands.

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