News Wrap: EU backing pushes Paris climate pact into effect

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European Parliament President Martin Schulz (C) signs the Paris U.N. COP 21 Climate Change agreement as (L to R) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French Minister for Environment and President of the COP 21 Segolene Royal, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Slovakia's Miniser of Foreign and European Affairs Ivan Korcok look on, after the European Parliament vote in Strasbourg, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  - RTSQOPD

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GWEN IFILL:  In the day’s other news:  The way is now clear for the Paris climate change accord to take effect.  European Union lawmakers gave their endorsement today.  The overwhelming vote means the accord has the backing of countries accounting for 55 percent of global emissions, more than enough.

MARTIN SCHULZ, President, European Parliament (through translator):  Our vote opens the way to ensuring that the whole agreement can achieve the necessary threshold figures so as to come into worldwide implementation.

GWEN IFILL:  The E.U.’s member states are to make the approval official on Friday, and present it to the U.N.  The Paris accord formally takes effect 30 days later.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  There’s a new surge in the flow of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya.  The Italian coast guard reports more than 6,000 people were rescued on Monday alone, as seas calmed for the first time in days.

Meanwhile, another 1,000 migrants have been brought into ports today.  So far, 132,000 have arrived in Italy this year.  Another 3,000 have died in the attempt.

GWEN IFILL:  Russia airstrikes blasted Eastern Aleppo in Syria again today.  But rebels said they repelled a ground assault on the southern part of the city.

Just yesterday, the U.S. suspended direct talks with Russia on the conflict.  This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry said that doesn’t mean the Obama administration is giving up.

JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State:  We will continue, as we have before, to pursue a meaningful, sustainable, enforceable cessation of hostilities throughout the country, and that includes the grounding of Syrian and Russian combat aircraft in designated areas.  And Russia knows exactly what it needs to do in order to get that cessation implemented in a fair and reasonable way.

GWEN IFILL:  And Moscow announced it has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system in Syria for the first time.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  A U.S. military service person was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan today.  It happened during operations against Islamic State militants in the east.

Meanwhile, in the north, Afghan forces in Kunduz regained control of most of the city.  The government troops drove back Taliban militants who attacked a day earlier.  It came nearly a year after Taliban gunmen held the city for three days.

GWEN IFILL:  In economic news, new worries about Britain’s exit from the European Union weighed on Wall Street.  The Dow Jones industrial average lost 85 points to close at 18168.  The Nasdaq fell 11 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 10.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  And three British-born scientists who teach in the U.S. have won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics.  David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz were recognized for their research into rare states of matter.  It paved the way for designing new materials for electronics and future quantum computers.  Haldane is now a physics professor at Princeton.

DUNCAN HALDANE, Nobel Prize, Physics:  It’s a very gratifying recognition of the work.  I mean, it’s — I don’t think one goes into the business for prizes.  You’re kind of trying to find neat stuff, basically.  Everyone wants to find neat stuff.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The other recipients are affiliated with the University of Washington and Brown University.

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