In our news wrap Tuesday, at least 50 are dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in Nigeria. Also, the U.S. military said it killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants in a recent airstrike in Somalia
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In the day’s other news, the U.S. military launched a new airstrike in Somalia, and said that it killed more than 100 Al-Shabaab militants. U.S. Africa Command reports that it happened 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu, part of a stepped-up U.S. air campaign there.
A teenage suicide bomber in Nigeria blew himself up at a mosque today, killing at least 50 people. The blast turned the worship site into blood-soaked ruins. Police say the attacker detonated the bomb as he mingled with morning worshipers. The militant group Boko Haram was immediately suspected.
Here in the U.S., President Trump today voiced support for Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, despite numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. The president criticized Democratic Doug Jones, and said — quote — “We don’t need a liberal in there.”
And as he left for Thanksgiving in Florida, he played down claims that Moore pursued at least six women when they were teenagers.
President Donald Trump:
If you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And, you know, you have to listen to him also. You’re talking about — he said 40 years ago, this didn’t happen.
Meanwhile, Michigan Congressman John Conyers denied allegations of sexual misconduct made by former staff members.
And PBS has cut ties with veteran journalist Charlie Rose over multiple similar accusations, while CBS fired him from its morning show.
We will have much more later in the program.
In Pakistan, an Associated Press investigation finds rampant sexual abuse of young boys at Islamic schools known as madrassas. The AP reports that there have been hundreds of cases over the past decade. But it says the problem is hushed up, especially since clerics are often the perpetrators.
I.A. Rehman: Everybody is much too afraid of talking about these things because, A, they’re afraid of the people who run these madrassas, and whose power to harass people has been increasing over the years.
The AP investigation found that Pakistani clerics who have abused students often pay police not to pursue cases.
The Trump administration today announced new economic sanctions against North Korea. They hit North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies that do business with Pyongyang. The president also spoke with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on the phone about North Korea and about Syria. Mr. Trump called it — quote — “a great call.”
Russia has confirmed a surge in airborne radiation over the Ural Mountains. It says that levels of a radioactive isotope, ruthenium-106, spiked to hundreds of times normal levels in late September. A state-owned nuclear processing plant in the region denies that it was responsible. Russian authorities say that the radiation poses no health risks.
Nearly 60,000 Haitians now have just over 18 months to leave the United States. Last night, the Department of Homeland Security ended a special residency program that began after Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010. Opponents of the move say that conditions in Haiti have not yet improved enough.
On Wall Street, tech stocks led the market higher today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 160 points to close at 23,590. The Nasdaq rose 71, and the S&P 500 added nearly 17.
And two lucky turkeys are off the menu this Thanksgiving, part of a presidential tradition. The gobblers, named Drumstick and Wishbone, were officially pardoned by President Trump at the White House today. They will live out their days at a farm in Virginia.