In our news wrap Monday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack carried out by a militant family at an Indonesian police building. That attack followed deadly bombings by another militant family at three churches in the city. Also, powerful winds, dust and rainstorms swept across Northern India, killing at least 43 people.
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In Indonesia, where the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack at a police building. It happened in Surabaya, the country's second biggest city. The attack was carried out by a family of militants, including an 8-year-old; 10 officers and civilians were wounded.
Indonesia's president pushed for a new anti-terror bill.
Joko Widodo (through translator):
This morning, another suicide bomb happened in Surabaya. This is the act of cowards, an undignified and barbaric action. And I want to urge everyone, we will fight terrorism and we will eliminate the root cause of it.
Today's attack follows bombings yesterday by another militant family at three churches in the city. At least 13 people were killed.
Powerful winds, dust and rainstorms have swept across Northern India, killing at least 43 people. It comes less than two weeks after similar weather killed 134 people and injured hundreds more. Winds reached about 70 miles per hour in parts Sunday. They uprooted trees, demolished buildings, and overturned vehicles.
The World Health Organization now has permission to use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Officials reported 39 Ebola cases in the country between April 4 and yesterday, including 19 deaths. Still, the WHO says the outbreak doesn't meet the criteria for a public health event of international concern.
The WHO also announced today an effort to rid the world of trans fats by 2023. The organization will provide guidance to countries on removing the heart-clogging additives out of their food supplies.
The former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the initiative was a matter of life and death. He spoke in Geneva.
Dr. Thomas Frieden:
The bottom line here is that this is the beginning of the end for industrially produced trans fats. The days of trans fats are numbered. Governments of the world now have the tools and the knowledge and the responsibility to protect their people from this toxic chemical.
The WHO estimates that eating trans fats leads to more than 500,000 deaths from heart disease every year.
The U.S. is now exploring into different ways to deal with sanctions violations by a Chinese telecom giant. The government banned exports to ZTE last month over its dealings with Iran and North Korea. But President Trump now says he wants to give the company a way back into business.
In a tweet today, he noted ZTE buys a big percentage of parts from U.S. manufacturers, adding the move is — quote — "reflective of the larger trade deal we are negotiating with China."
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross spoke in Washington.
ZTE did do some inappropriate things. They have admitted to that. The question is, are there alternative remedies to one that we had originally put forward? And that's the area we will be exploring very, very promptly.
Mr. Trump's message, tweeted yesterday, drew condemnation from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he hoped the president wasn't — quote — "backing down to China."
Stocks jumped early today on hopes of easing trade tensions between the U.S. and China, but they finished mixed. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 80 — 68 points, that is, to close at 24899. The Nasdaq rose eight points. And the S&P added two.
Prosecutors in Missouri have dropped tonight one felony charge against Governor Eric Greitens. It is for invasion of privacy of a woman he has admitted to having an affair with. They plan to refile with a special prosecutor. Greitens still faces charges related to his alleged use of his former nonprofit donor list to solicit campaign donations.
The White House says first lady Melania Trump has been hospitalized after a procedure for a benign kidney condition. A spokeswoman said the procedure was successful with no complications, but didn't elaborate on her specific kidney condition.
Late today, the president went to visit Mrs. Trump at Walter Reed Hospital, outside Washington, where she will likely stay for the rest of the week.
Meanwhile, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is recovering from surgery for pancreatic cancer. Reid's family said the doctors caught the cancer early and that the prognosis for his recovery is good. The retired Nevada Democrat will now go through chemotherapy.
And famed actress Margot Kidder has died. The Canadian-born star was best known for playing intrepid reporter Lois Lane, opposite Christopher Reeve, in the 1978 film "Superman" and its three sequels. Kidder had been living in Montana in recent years and spent much of her time in political activism. Margot Kidder was 69 years old.
Still to come on the "NewsHour," the health and human services secretary on the president's plan to reduce prescription drug prices; putting a spotlight on college students' mental health; Capitol Hill staffers speak out about sexual harassment; and much more.