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News Wrap: Pair of bombings kill 44 in Nigeria

In our news wrap Monday, twin bombings rocked a muslim restaurant and a mosque in central Nigeria, killing 44. The attacks were believed to be carried out by Boko Haram militants. Also, President Obama met with military leaders at the Pentagon on the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

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    The leaders of Germany and France pressed the Greek government today to offer up serious financial aid proposals in an effort to jump-start a new round of talks. That comes a day after more than 61 percent of Greek voters rejected the terms of an international bailout deal.

    Meanwhile, the European Central Bank moved to raise the amount of collateral Greek banks must pay for emergency loans. We will take a closer look at the impact of the landslide vote, and talk to Greece's ambassador to the U.S., right after this news summary.


    Greece's economic uncertainty pushed stocks lower on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 46 points to close at 17683. The Nasdaq fell 17 points, and the S&P 500 slipped eight.


    Twin bombings rocked Central Nigeria overnight, killing 44 people. The blasts targeted a Muslim restaurant and a mosque in Jos, about 150 miles northeast of the capital, Abuja. Nearly 70 people were wounded, including many who were rushed to the hospital last night for treatment. The attacks were believed to be the work of Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram. The militants have killed more than 300 Nigerians in the past week alone.


    Combating the Islamic State was at the top of the agenda as President Obama paid a rare visit to the Pentagon this afternoon. He met with top military leaders for a briefing on the ongoing U.S.-led campaign against the militant group.

    Afterward, the president said the fight won't be quick, but acknowledged the significant progress made so far.


    Our coalition has now hit ISIL with more than 5,000 airstrikes. We have taken out thousands of fighting positions, tanks, vehicles, bomb factories, and training camps.

    We have eliminated thousands of fighters, including senior ISIL commanders. And over the past year, we have seen that, when we have an effective partner on the ground, ISIL can be pushed back.


    The president's statement followed an uptick in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria over the weekend. The aerial operations targeted Islamic State-controlled structures and transit routes surrounding the militants' stronghold of Raqqa.


    Foreign ministers from six world powers met with their Iranian counterpart today in Vienna to make one final push ahead of tomorrow's deadline to reach a nuclear weapons agreement. But there were no major signs of progress, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated alongside officials from five other nations and Iran.

    His spokesman warned, if the Iranian regime doesn't adhere to previous agreements, there will be no deal.

  • REAR ADM. JOHN KIRBY, State Department Spokesperson:

    We will only accept a deal that effectively close off Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon, and it will have to be a deal that can stand up to the scrutiny of not just our experts but experts around the world. We're not there yet, and there are some important issues still to be resolved.


    A White House spokesman acknowledged it was certainly possible that tomorrow's self-imposed deadline could slip.


    South Carolina's statehouse is one step closer to removing the Confederate Battle Flag from a pole on its grounds in Columbia. The state Senate passed a crucial vote on legislation that would take down the flag. But the bill still requires approval from the state's House of Representatives and Republican Governor Nikki Haley, who recently reversed course and said the flag should be removed. The debate comes amid growing criticism in the wake of a shooting rampage at a black church in Charleston.

    Hundreds of thousands of faithful gathered in Ecuador's main port city today to watch Pope Francis celebrate mass. The service, which was dedicated to families, was held in a park in Guayaquil. It's the pontiff's second visit to his native region since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church in 2013. He travels next to Bolivia and Paraguay.


    And it was disclosed today that comedian Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he had obtained quaaludes to drug women he wanted to have sex with. That is according to court documents made public. Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in incidents dating back more than four decades. He has never been criminally charged.

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