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News Wrap: UN warns of massacre if Kobani falls to Islamic State

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Pakistani girl who was almost killed by the Taliban is now the youngest Nobel laureate ever. Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize today for advocating education for girls. She will share the honor with Kailash Satyarthi of India, who's campaigned for decades against child slavery and labor.

    Malala heard the news in Birmingham, England, where she now lives.

  • MALALA YOUSAFZAI, Nobel Prize, Peace:

    I felt more powerful and more courageous because this award is not just a piece of metal that you would wear or an award that you would keep in your room. But this is really an encouragement for me to go forward and to believe in myself to know that there are people who are supporting me in this campaign.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    We will have a full report on the two Peace Prize winners after the news summary.

    The number of Ebola deaths has now passed 4,000, out of nearly 8,400 cases — that word today from the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, seven more people were admitted to a hospital in Madrid, to be monitored. They had contact with the first person diagnosed with the disease in Spain. And the Associated Press reported that a Liberian man, Thomas Duncan, had a fever of 103 degrees when a Dallas hospital initially turned him away. He died on Wednesday.

    The United Nations is warning of a massacre if Islamic State fighters in Syria capture Kobani, a town on the border with Turkey. The militants have already taken 40 percent of the town from its Kurdish defenders, and fighting raged again today. That's despite stepped-up coalition airstrikes.

    In Geneva, the U.N. envoy to Syria said he fears the worst.

    STAFFAN DE MISTURA, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations: We know, we have seen it, what ISIL is capable of doing when they take over a city. We know what they are capable of doing with their own victims, with women, children, minorities and hostages.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    So far, Turkey has refused to order its military to intervene in the Kobani fight.

    Speculation about who was in charge in North Korea flared again today. It came as the communist nation's leader, Kim Jong-un, missed another major public event.

    Lucy Watson of Independent Television News is watching the situation from Beijing.

  • LUCY WATSON, ITN:

    It's North Korean state television that is showing sight nor sound of the country's supreme leader, as the nation celebrates the founding of his Workers' Party without him.

    Kim Jong-un rules the most isolated country on Earth, yet hasn't been seen for 37 days, missing a number of high-profile events. In a democracy, his disappearance would generate curiosity, but in the most secretive state in the world, it breeds rumors.

    This is the North Korean Embassy. And outside the country, the speculation is that Kim Jong-un may have been overthrown in a planned revolt by power brokers within the country, or that it could have been a more subtle takeover, leaving him to be more of a figurehead in the future or simply that he's suffering from an illness.

    But the longer these theories persist and he fails to make any public appearances, then the more likely it is that the problem is a serious one, a problem that's worse than just the leg injury he suffered in the past. But it's a theory being dismissed by South Korea and the man in charge of stabilizing relations with the North.

    "Kim Jong-un's leadership is normal as usual," he says.

    So, it's now a watch on whether Kim Jong-un will reappear and how soon, because in such an opaque nation, almost any scenario is plausible.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Reuters quoted a North Korean source today who said Kim hurt his leg in a military drill, but remains in full control.

    Back in this country, protests in South Saint Louis spilled into a second night over Wednesday's killing of a black teenager by a white policeman. A candlelight prayer vigil turned into a standoff with police in riot gear. Protesters shouted taunts, and officers used pepper spray to force the angry crowd back. More protests are set this weekend over the August killing of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

    There's going to be an independent review of the Secret Service and breaches in presidential security. The homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, named four former White House and Justice officials today. They served under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. Recommendations are due by December 15.

    Wall Street ended this volatile week with more losses. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 115 points to 16,544. It's now erased all of this year's gains. The Nasdaq was down 102 points to close at 4,276. And the S&P 500 slipped 22 to 1,906. For the week, the Dow lost more than 2.5 percent. The Nasdaq fell 4.5 percent. And the S&P shed 3 percent.

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