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News Wrap: Unemployment hits nearly 50-year low in September; Indonesia mourns

In our news wrap Friday, job gains in the U.S. slowed in September, is employers added a net of 134,000 jobs -- the smallest number in a year, and likely affected by Hurricane Florence. But unemployment hit its lowest level since 1969. Also, hundreds of people in Indonesia mourned their losses from last week's earthquake and tsunami. Officials say at least 1,570 were killed.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news, Job gains in the U.S. slowed in September. But the unemployment rate still fell to a near 50-year low. The Labor Department says employers added a net of 134,000 jobs. Now, that's the smallest number in a year and likely affected by Hurricane Florence. The unemployment rate did slip to 3.7 percent. That's the lowest it's been since December 1969.

    This year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to two people who have fought to end sexual violence as a weapon of war. Nadia Murad is one of 3,000 Yazidi women who were raped and tortured by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Denis Mukwege is the — is a gynecological surgeon in Congo who has treated thousands of rape victims there.

    In Indonesia, hundreds of people mourned their losses today from last week's earthquake and tsunami. Officials say at least 1,570 were killed and the disaster. Muslim worshipers gathered for Friday prayers outside damaged mosque across the smashed city of Palu.

    Meanwhile, volunteers buried more of the dead in a mass grave.

  • Abu Shamsuddin(through translator):

    One of my sons who works in a bank was called by Allah. He was buried the day after. I hope my did son has gone to heaven because he was in the middle of praying, Allah willing, heaven for him. I have faith in that.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    In addition to the dead, thousands were injured and more than 70,000 are living in shelters and makeshift tents.

    Questions are mounting over the fate of the president of Interpol. That is the international police agency. Meng Hongwei has been missing since he traveled from France to his native China near the end of last month. A Hong Kong newspaper reports that Meng was picked up by Chinese authorities. But the Chinese have not commented.

    India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia today to buy advanced air defense systems. It could lead to U.S. economic sanctions for doing business with Russia's defense sector. That is under a law aimed at punishing Moscow for an annexing Crimea and meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

    And on Wall Street, stocks slumped again on worries about rising bond yields and interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 180 points to close at 26447. The Nasdaq fell 91. That's more than 1 percent. And the S&P 500 slipped 16.

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