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News Wrap: Turkey releases Pastor Andrew Brunson

In our news wrap Tuesday, Andrew Brunson, an American pastor held on house arrest for the past two years, has been freed. Brunson was convicted of terror-related charges. Also, Turkish officials told the United States that they have video and audio proof that Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news, an American pastor under house arrest in Turkey for the past two years has been freed and is en route back to the United States.

    A Turkish court convicted Andrew Brunson on terrorism-related charges today, but it sentenced him to time he had already served, allowing his release. President Trump said today that Brunson will most likely meet with him in the Oval Office on Saturday.

    And in a separate development, Turkish government officials told the U.S. they have video and audio proof that a missing Saudi Arabian journalist was murdered and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The recordings were first reported by The Washington Post, where Jamal Khashoggi is a contributor.

    Saudi Arabia dismissed the claim as — quote — "baseless."

    We will take a closer look at both cases later in the program.

    Pope Francis accepted Washington, D.C., Archbishop Donald Wuerl's resignation today. It came amid a growing outcry over the cardinal's handling of sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church. Wuerl will remain in his post temporarily until a successor is found. He will also continue to serve on the Congregation of Bishops, which helps to select future bishops.

    Even so, a Vatican spokesman said the resignation opens a new chapter.

  • Greg Burke:

    This is about moving forward. That's a phrase that Cardinal Wuerl used last month. And moving forward means it's for the good of the church, especially for the unity of the church, which is so important for her to fulfill her mission.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We will have more on the pope's decision to permit the cardinal to maintain his influential role in the church amid his efforts to crack down on abuse later in the program.

    Mudslides from torrential downpours in Eastern Uganda have left at least 34 people dead. Large boulders and chunks of mud rolled through the mountainous area, destroying homes and roads in at least three villages. Residents described the devastation.

  • Paul Odoki (through translator):

    The rain was too much, and we sheltered under a veranda. Then my friend decided to go and remove his motorcycle from under the rain and saw a house being carried away by the mudslide. That's when he came back and we took off. But whoever remained behind was swept away, schoolchildren, those who were drinking, market vendors. They were all swept away by the rain.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The death toll is expected rise once rescue teams are able to access the worst affected areas.

    Facebook now says that hackers accessed names, e-mails and phone numbers for 29 million users worldwide. That's fewer than initially estimated. It was all part of a data breach the tech giant announced two weeks ago; 14 million of those users also had their hometown, birthday, and recent search history compromised. Facebook didn't say where the affected users were located. But it acknowledged that the breach was — quote — "fairly broad."

    In economic news, China posted a record $34.1 billion trade surplus with the U.S. in September. Chinese exports to the U.S. also increased by 13 percent over last year. Analysts attributed that to a surge in orders before us tariffs on goods imported from China took effect.

    And on Wall Street, stocks clawed their way back into positive territory, after suffering steep losses the previous two days. The Dow Jones industrial average gain 287 points to close at 25340. The Nasdaq rose nearly 168 points, and the S&P 500 added 38. Still, for the week, all three of the major us indexes shed roughly 4 percent. It was their biggest weekly loss in six months.

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