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News Wrap: Violent new protests in Lebanon turn deadly

In our news wrap Tuesday, violent protests have broken out in Lebanon, as the pandemic intensifies economic desperation. Hundreds of people in Tripoli set banks on fire and threw stones at soldiers, and at least one man was killed. Also, Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ 2016 presidential candidate, endorsed presumptive 2020 nominee Joe Biden, becoming the latest party leader to take that step.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The U.S. House of Representatives will not return to Washington next week, as planned. Democratic leaders say the U.S. Capitol physician is warning that coronavirus risks are still too great. The House currently has 429 members, with six vacancies.

    The Republican-controlled Senate, with 100 members, has been ordered back into session on Monday.

    In Lebanon, violent — excuse me — violent new protests have broken out in the city of Tripoli, as the pandemic intensifies economic desperation. Rioting began overnight, with hundreds of people setting banks on fire and throwing stones at soldiers.

    This morning, crowds mourned a man killed during the riots, and, later, more banks were set on fire.

  • Abdulaziz Sarkous (through translator):

    What happened yesterday was because people are hungry and they are expressing their pain. And, unfortunately, the government and the authorities are trying to suppress the people.

    When a bullet is fired, they accuse protesters of being terrorists. They do not want to hear the people and their pain.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Protests began last October across Lebanon over poverty and political corruption.

    Back in this country, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, endorsed this year's presumptive nominee, Joe Biden. She is the latest party leader to take that step.

    Meanwhile, Ohio held its presidential primary today, mostly by mail-in balloting. It was delayed from March by the pandemic.

    The pandemic is also forcing a big change at the Oscars. Organizers announced today that movies that debut this year on a streaming service will be eligible for awards, even if they never screen in theaters. It is a one-year change only, forced by the closure of most theaters nationwide.

    A federal appeals court heard arguments today over a congressional subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn. House Democrats want his testimony on whether President Trump tried to impede the Russia investigation. The White House argues that the courts have no role in the dispute.

    And on Wall Street, stocks failed to keep a rally going today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 32 points to close at 24101. The Nasdaq fell 122 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 15 points.

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