In our Friday news wrap, the Supreme Court ruled against President Trump’s ban on granting asylum to people who enter the U.S. illegally. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four more liberal justices in the 5 to 4 decision, which upheld lower court decisions. Plus, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering in a New York hospital after doctors removed two malignant growths from her lung.
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And now to the day's other news. And there was some.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a ban on granting asylum to people who enter the U.S. illegally. The justices voted 5-4 to uphold lower court rulings against the Trump administration policy. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four more liberal justices.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cast her vote in the asylum case before entering a hospital in New York. She is recovering after doctors removed two malignant growths from her left lung. A court statement said there is no evidence the cancer had spread. Ginsburg is 85, and she is the leader of the court's liberal wing. This is the third time she has been treated for cancer since 1999.
Wall Street's week ended with more losses over worries about a possible recession. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 414 points to close at 22445. The Nasdaq fell 195 points to close below 6333. It is down 22 percent from its high in August, now officially in bear market territory. And the S&P 500 gave up 50. For the week, the Dow and the S&P lost about 7 percent. The Nasdaq dropped 8 percent.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today welcomed U.S. plans to leave Syria. That came as the Associated Press reported that President Trump made the decision after speaking with Erdogan last week.
In Istanbul, the Turkish leader said he promised the president that Turkey will finish off Islamic State militants.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
We will be working on our operational plans to eliminate Islamic State elements, which are said to remain intact in Syria, in line with our conversation with President Trump. In other words, over the next months, we will adopt an operational style geared toward this goal.
Erdogan also said that Turkey is delaying a planned operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. Meanwhile, the Kurds warned their fighters may have to leave the fight against ISIS to confront any Turkish attack.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously today to send cease-fire monitors to Yemen. They will watch over the truce in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah and the withdrawal of rival forces. Yemen's government, backed by Saudi Arabia, and Shiite rebels aligned with Iran agreed to the cease-fire this month.
Pope Francis has demanded that predator priests who have sexually abused children, turn themselves in. He also criticized church leaders who failed to take the problem seriously in the past. Francis spoke during his annual Christmas message to Vatican administrators. He said the church will never again cover up clergy abuse.
The church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whoever has committed such crimes. The church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case.
To those who abuse minors, I say, convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice.
This week, the government in Illinois accused church officials of shielding more than 500 priests accused of abuse in the state going back decades.
Mourners gathered in Lockerbie, Scotland, today, on the 30th anniversary of the Pan Am airliner bombing that killed 270 people. Families and friends of the victims laid wreaths to honor their loved ones. There were similar services in the U.S. for the American victims. A bomb destroyed the plane on a flight from London to New York. A Libyan intelligence agent was convicted of the crime in 2001.
Flights have finally resumed at London's Gatwick Airport after a series of drone sightings that shut down operations there for 36 hours. The trouble began Wednesday, and it disrupted holiday plans for thousands of travelers. Another drone sighting forced another shutdown today for 80 minutes. Police are still searching for the drone operator.
And back in this country, Michigan's Republican-run legislature took new action to extend its authority before a Democratic governor and attorney general take office next month. Early today, lawmakers voted to give themselves the power to intervene in court cases. Another bill would limit ballot initiatives.
Still to come on the "NewsHour": how the new criminal justice reform law can change lives; and Mark Shields and Michael Gerson help us understand a tumultuous week.