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News Wrap: Trump excoriates Sessions in interview

In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump ripped into Attorney General Jeff Sessions, telling Hill.TV that Sessions has failed him on everything from the Russia probe to border enforcement. Also, the State Department reported that the number of terror attacks worldwide fell 23 percent last year, largely due to military successes against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news, the U.S. State Department reported the number of terrorist attacks worldwide fell 23 percent last year. It was largely due to military successes against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. The report also said that Iran remains the leading state sponsor of terror.

    President Trump has ripped into U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions again. He told Hill.TV that Sessions has failed him on everything from the Russia probe to border enforcement. And he went on to say, "I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad."

    Later, as he left the White House, Mr. Trump softened the criticism just a little.

  • President Donald Trump:

    I'm disappointed in the attorney general for numerous reasons. But we have an attorney general. I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons. And you know understand why.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The president declined to say if he would fire Sessions, who was one of the first people he appointed to his Cabinet. Instead, he said, "We will see what happens."

    In Yemen, new warnings today that famine is engulfing the country. The United Nations Food Agency says 8.4 million of Yemen's 29 million people will starve without new entry points to deliver food and other aid. Almost all aid enters through the rebel-held port of Hodeidah, but that has been badly damaged in fighting.

    The government of India approved criminal penalties today for so-called instant divorce. The practice had allowed Muslim men to end their marriages by repeating the Arabic word for divorce, talaq, three times over any period of time. India's Supreme Court outlawed the practice last year. More than 20 other countries have already banned it.

    On Wall Street, it was a mixed day for the market, as bank stocks rose, but text shares slumped. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 158 points to close at 26405. The Nasdaq fell six points and the S&P 500 added three.

    And the pioneering black ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell died today in New York City of renal failure. Mitchell broke racial barriers in the 1950s, performing in the New York City Ballet. He went on to start an all-black dance school that grew into the acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem. Arthur Mitchell was 84 years old.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour", Anita Hill on the accusations against the Supreme Court nominee; is a new deal between North and South Korea a significant step toward denuclearization? And much more.

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