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News Wrap: Mail bomb suspect appears in federal court

In our news wrap Tuesday, Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump, appeared in federal court in New York. He faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges. Also, 4,500 Central American migrants traveling to the United States as part of a caravan arrived in Mexico City.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    And now to some of the day's other non-election news.

    The man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump appeared in federal court in New York today. Cesar Sayoc had been transferred from Florida, where police arrested him late last month. He was ordered held without bail today. Sayoc faces 48 years in prison if he is convicted on five federal charges.

    Some 4,500 Central American migrants have now arrived in Mexico City, in a caravan that President Trump made an issue in these midterm elections. They are camping, and resting up, they say, at a sports stadium. Organizers say the group are going to stay in Mexico City for a few days before deciding where to go next.

    From Mexico City, the closest U.S. border crossing is at McAllen, Texas. That is more than 600 miles away.

    In Northern Iraq, United Nations investigators report that they have found more than 200 mass graves left by Islamic State extremists. The graves are believed to contain 6,000 to 12,000 bodies. They date from 2014 to 2017, when the militants, sometimes known as ISIL, ruled some of Iraq's largest cities.

  • Ravina Shamsadani:

    These graves contain the remains of those mercilessly killed for not conforming to ISIL's twisted ideology and rule, including ethnic and religious minorities. Truth, justice and reparations are critical to ensuring a full reckoning for the atrocities committed by ISIL.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State late last year, but the group still controls pockets of territory inside neighboring Syria, and it continues to claim attacks in Iraq.

    Taliban attackers in Afghanistan overran a military base near the Western border today, killing at least 20 Afghan troops. It happened in Farah province, the latest in a series of near daily attacks on security forces.

    In Kabul today, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with President Ashraf Ghani, and called for peace.

  • Jens Stoltenberg:

    The Taliban must understand that continuing the fight is pointless and counterproductive. To be part of Afghanistan's future, they must sit down at the negotiating table.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Taliban now control nearly half of Afghanistan, and have rejected offers to negotiate with the government.

    China came under new criticism today over its mass detentions of Muslims. Up to one million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims are believed to be held in Western China's Xinjiang region. Western countries used a U.N. human rights meeting today to press for closing the detention camps. Beijing dismissed the criticism as politically driven.

    There is also word that China granted 18 trademarks to companies linked to the Trump family since September. Most of those went to Ivanka Trump's brand and covered everything from shoes to jewelry and even voting machines. China's granting of trademarks to Trump-connected businesses have repeatedly raised concerns about presidential conflicts of interest.

    On Wall Street, the market moved higher, as industrial and tech stocks rallied. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 173 points to close at 25635. The Nasdaq rose 47, and the S&P 500 added 17.

    And NASA has racked up another first. The Parker Solar Probe flew within 15 million miles of the sun last night. That is the closest any spacecraft has ever come. As seen in this animation, it made the flyby at more 200,000 miles an hour. The probe will make 23 even closer approaches over the next seven years.

    And we assume it's going to hold up.

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