News Wrap: Terror fears in Europe stoke new warning for U.S. travelers

In our news wrap Tuesday, the State Department warned American traveling in Europe this summer to watch out for terrorist attacks, saying that while there is no specific threat, upcoming events such as the Tour de France could be targets. Also, Iraqi forces held off a fierce counterattack by Islamic State militants in southern Fallujah a day after advancing into the city for the first time in two years.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Good evening. I'm Hari Sreenivasan. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are away.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight:

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news: The State Department put out a fresh warning to Americans traveling in Europe this summer: Watch out for terrorist attacks.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby said there's no specific threat, but major upcoming events could be targets.

  • JOHN KIRBY, State Department Spokesman:

    We took the opportunity, since it's the beginning of summer, to make — to make our concerns known about the potential risk to — of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly when you have got the Tour de France starting up, you have got this European football championship, and, of course, Youth — World Youth Day, all of which is happening in June and July.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    The alert is an extension of one that was issued after the March terrorist attacks in Brussels. Now it will run through the end of August.

    Elite Iraqi forces held off a fierce counterattack by Islamic State militants in Fallujah today. Government troops began advancing into the city yesterday, trying to end two years of ISIS control. Today's fighting erupted on the southern edge of Fallujah. ISIS fighters used tunnels, snipers and car bombs in an attack that lasted about four hours. An estimated 50,000 people are trapped in the city. The U.N. Refugee Agency says ISIS is using some as human shields.

    In Syria, heavy airstrikes blasted a pair of hospitals in the northern city of Idlib. Activists put the death toll at 23 and likely to rise.

    Diana Magnay of Independent Television News reports.

  • DIANA MAGNAY:

    In the mayhem of rescue, after a series of airstrikes on this civilian neighborhood of Idlib, a moment's relief for a life spared, a little boy, his eyes wide with fear, his world changed suddenly by the savagery of a bomb.

  • MAN (through interpreter):

    The Russian warplanes make several airstrikes on Idlib. We can't tell yet how many are dead or injured. We know there are dozens.

  • DIANA MAGNAY:

    Russia says there wasn't them, but Idlib is in rebel hands, and only Russia and the regime have airpower. Whoever it was, they hit two hospitals.

    The bombing of hospitals in Syria is now happening so often, it's almost commonplace. February's cessation of hostilities seems meaningless now, Russian and regime warplanes still a feature of Syria's skies, and, on the ground, rescue workers busy saving whoever and whatever they can.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In Washington, the White House condemned the hospital attacks and said, the international community needs to get to the bottom of this.

    North Korea's latest attempt to launch a ballistic missile failed today. It's the fourth failure since April. U.S. and South Korean officials said the intermediate-range missile could have the range to reach Japan or Guam. The U.S., South Korea, Japan and China all condemned the North's actions.

    On Wall Street today, stocks struggled to make much headway today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 86 points to close at 17787. The Nasdaq rose 14 points, but the S&P 500 dropped two.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": what's leading to a spike in migrant deaths; Brazil's efforts to eradicate gang violence ahead of the Olympics; Texas braces for record flooding; and much more.

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