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News Wrap: U.S. and EU agree to work on trade barriers

In our news wrap Wednesday, President Trump and the leader of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker say they've agreed to turn from tariffs to talks. Juncker said both sides will hold off further tariffs while negotiations continue. Also, Republicans in Georgia have chosen Brian Kemp as their candidate for governor, who was endorsed by President Trump.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spent this afternoon defending the first Trump-Putin summit.

    But as U.S. senators turned up the heat over Helsinki, word came that a second summit, in Washington this fall, will be delayed until next year.

    The statement from national security adviser, John Bolton, said, "The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch-hunt is over."

    That's a reference to the special counsel's investigation. We will have a full report after the news summary.

    President Trump and the leader of the European Commission say they have agreed to turn from tariffs to talks. They met at the White House today, and afterward, Jean-Claude Juncker said both sides will hold off further tariffs while negotiations continue.

    Mr. Trump said the E.U. promised to buy, "a lot of soybeans" and liquefied gas.

  • President Donald Trump:

    We agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.

    This will open markets for farmers and workers, increase investment and lead to greater prosperity in both the United States and the European Union.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    It's unclear whether the E.U.'s purchase of soybeans will come close to making up for lost sales to China. This month, Beijing imposed tariffs on U.S. soybeans, responding to American tariffs on steel and aluminum. Yesterday, the Trump administration announced $12 billion in aid for farmers.

    Republicans in Georgia have chosen a candidate for governor endorsed by President Trump over one endorsed by the current governor. Brian Kemp won a decisive victory in Tuesday's run-off with Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. Kemp campaigned on protecting gun rights and rounding up people who are in the country illegally. He will face Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in November.

    The people of Pakistan turned out today to elect a new Parliament and prime minister. And opposition leader Imran Khan took an early commanding lead, but the voting was marred by violence.

    Martin Geissler of Independent Television News reports from Islamabad.

  • Martin Geissler:

    Pakistan's troubled election came to a bloody end today. In the city of Quetta, more than 30 were killed by a suicide bomber as they queued to vote. So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

    Just outside Islamabad, bomb disposal teams checked the streets around Imran Khan's polling station. He arrived surrounded by anti-terror squad officers, calm amid the chaos around him.

    A world-famous former cricketer, with a privileged background and an Oxford education, he cast himself as a populist, a man of the people. He's pledged to end corruption and ease poverty here. His country, he told me, was seeing true democracy at last.

    Has this election been free and fair?

  • Imran Khan:

    It is one of the freest and fairest elections in Pakistan. The 2013 election, all the parties said it was rigged; 22 parties said the election was rigged. And I was the only one who said there should be an investigation. So, 2018 election, this election should be free and fair.

  • Martin Geissler:

    And everyone's conscience can be clear now?

  • Imran Khan:

    I'm clear. I'm clear.

  • Martin Geissler:

    But not everyone is so sure. This campaign has been blighted by allegations of corruption, among the loudest, a claim the military have manipulated the vote in Imran Khan's favor.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from Martin Geissler of Independent Television News.

    In Southern Syria, health officials say a wave of suicide bombings killed more than 200 people. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. It happened in Sweida province. That's east of where Syria's military is engaged in a major offensive. One blast struck a vegetable market in the main city of Sweida. Other coordinated attacks hit villages throughout the province.

    The death toll from Monday's firestorm in Greece rose to at least 79 today, with up to 100 missing. Residents and rescue workers in Mati, east of Athens, searched burned-out homes for loved ones. Survivors told of watching the flames roar down on them.

  • Man (through translator):

    There was a great panic because the whole street was blocked by cars. Shouting, hysteria. They could see the fire was coming with the wind. It already smelled a lot. The sky was black.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Flags across Athens flew at half-staff today to begin three days of national mourning.

    They're still looking for survivors and victims from Monday's dam collapse in Laos. The local Red Cross said today that workers have found 24 bodies so far. Today, survivors gathered in shelters. They're among the more than 6,000 made homeless after walls of water smashed their villages.

    Back in this country, extreme heat kept the southwest on the broil. Power demand hit new records around Phoenix, Arizona, and temperatures headed into the triple digits again across several states. Just yesterday, Death Valley, California, hit a record high of 127 degrees.

    And on Wall Street, stocks rose on hopes for easing trade tensions. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 172 points to close at 25414. The Nasdaq rose 91 points, and the S&P 500 added 25.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," senators grill secretary of state Mike Pompeo about Russia; the secret recording of President Trump and a larger question of truth-telling; a kind of liquid water lake found on Mars; and much more.

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