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News Wrap: Israeli and Turkish leaders trade barbs over Paris attacks

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    In other news this day: Turkey and Israel intensified a war of words over the Paris attacks. First, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for linking the bloodshed to Islam. That prompted the Israeli foreign minister to brand Erdogan an anti-Semitic bully.

    Today came a new exchange, this time between Turkey's prime minister and the Israeli leader.

  • AHMET DAVUTOGLU, Prime Minister, Turkey (through translator):

    Netanyahu, as the head of the government that kills chilling playing on the beach with a bombardment of Gaza and storms a humanitarian aid vessel sailing in international waters, he committed a crime against the humanity, just as the massacre in Paris committed by terrorists.

  • BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Prime Minister, Israel (through translator):

    The severe words of Turkish President Erdogan were compounded today by the words of his prime minister. Until now, I have not heard condemnation from the international community to these unacceptable words. I want to say clearly that if the international community doesn't condemn those who support terror, the wave of terror that is sweeping the world will only increase.


    Relations between Israel and Turkey have gone downhill since 2010, when 10 Turks died during an Israeli raid on an aid convoy trying to reach Gaza.


    Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines today, marking the first papal visit to Asia's largest Catholic nation in 20 years. He was greeted in Manila by a wind gust that blew off his cap, and also by hundreds of children. They performed a mass, coordinated welcome dance with multicolored umbrellas.

    Later, hundreds of thousands lined the streets as the papal motorcade traveled to the Vatican embassy. Six million people are expected at an outdoor mass on Sunday.


    The longstanding American embargo on trade and travel to Cuba starts to ease tomorrow. The Obama administration formally announced it today, under a diplomatic reopening to Havana. U.S. companies will be allowed to export more technology and make limited investments in Cuba. Additional travel will be permitted, although general tourism remains banned.


    Five more prisoners have been released from U.S. military custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The five, from Yemen, were captured in Pakistan, and held for more than a dozen years as al-Qaida suspects. They are being sent to Estonia and Oman for resettlement; 122 detainees remain at Guantanamo.


    A big-name witness testified today in the trial of a former CIA officer accused in a high-profile leak. Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told jurors she was stunned when The New York Times reported on a mission to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. The government says Jeffrey Sterling leaked the information, a charge he denies.


    President Obama has opened a new push today for giving paid sick leave to parents and others. He signed a memorandum today directing federal agencies to provide up to six weeks of sick leave to care for newborn children or ill relatives. And he followed up later in Baltimore.


    There are 43 million Americans who don't get paid sick leave, which, when you think about it, is a pretty astonishing statistic. And that means that no matter how sick they are, or how sick a family member is, they may find themselves having to choose to be able to buy groceries or pay the rent or look after themselves or their children.


    The president will raise the issue again in his State of the Union address next Tuesday. Republicans announced today that freshman Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will give the GOP response.


    And on Wall Street, weak earning at big banks pushed stocks lower again. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 106 points to close at 17320; the Nasdaq fell 68 points to close at 4570; and the S&P 500 slipped 18 to 1992.

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