News Wrap: Iraqi forces fight their way into Mosul

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Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) take part in an operation against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the town of Hammam Al-Alil, south of Mosul, Iraq October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTX2R78C

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JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Iraqi troops fought their way inside the city limits of Mosul, two weeks after their offensive began. They advanced after seizing the last village held by Islamic State fighters on the city’s eastern edge.

Special forces are using armored vehicles and tanks to make headway. They’re backed by artillery and airstrikes targeting is positions.

Lebanon finally has a new president, after the top post sat vacant for two years during a political crisis. The Parliament today elected Michel Aoun. He’s 81 years old, and a strong ally of the Islamist militant group Hezbollah. The election took several rounds of voting, after extra ballots suspiciously appeared in the ballot box for the first few counts. Aoun’s win is a victory for pro-Iranian forces in the region.

Turkey has opened another phase of the crackdown that began after last summer’s failed coup. Today, police arrested the chief editor and 11 senior staff of a major opposition newspaper. Supporters rallied outside the newspaper offices, one of the oldest in Turkey. A cartoonist for the paper condemned the attempts to silence journalists.

MUSA KART, Cartoonist, Cumhuriyet (through translator): This is ridiculous. You will not intimidate anyone by putting pressure. I want to say that. It is impossible for people with conscience to endorse this scene. You cannot justify this to the world. Today, I am being detained for drawing cartoons, and only for drawing cartoons.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Just yesterday, another 10,000 people were fired from their government jobs in Turkey. More than 100,000 have been dismissed since the coup.

Police in Pakistan arrested 1,500 protesters overnight in a bid to silence critics of the country’s embattled prime minister. The effort continued today. Police used tear gas and batons against followers of opposition leader Imran Khan outside Islamabad, the capital. The protesters are demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif step down, amid allegations of corruption.

The Swedish diplomat who saved at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust has finally been pronounced dead. Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviets as World War II ended. Later, they said he died of a heart attack in 1947. Sweden continued to list Wallenberg as missing, but has now formally classified him as deceased.

And on Wall Street, it was a quiet start to the week. The Dow Jones industrial average lost just over 18 points to close at 18142. The Nasdaq fell one point, and the S&P 500 dropped a fraction of a point.

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