JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Iraqi troops battled to make headway on the eastern edge of Mosul, two years after being driven out. The military said special forces advanced and took a state television building, despite fierce resistance from Islamic State fighters. We will get a report from the front lines later in the program.
In Pakistan, the opposition leader, Imran Khan, backed off today from his call for mass protests in Islamabad. The demonstrations were meant to lock down the capital and force embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. He’s under fire over his family’s offshore bank holdings. Supporters rallied at Khan’s home today after Pakistan’s highest court said that it will look into Sharif’s finances.
IMRAN KHAN, Opposition Leader, Pakistan (through translator): Today, I was overjoyed that the Supreme Court decided Nawaz Sharif’s accountability will soon begin. We have decided that tomorrow we will thank God and celebrate a day of thanks at Islamabad’s parade ground. Tomorrow, God willing, we will gather a million people.
JUDY WOODRUFF: In recent days, police have used batons and tear gas to enforce a ban on rallies in Islamabad.
The government of Turkey today rejected criticism from Europe over its crackdown on an opposition newspaper. Police arrested 13 top staffers of the paper yesterday, and the U.S. and the European Union condemned the move.
Today, the newspaper ran a defiant headline — quote — “We will not surrender.” But the Turkish prime minister shrugged it all off in a televised address.
BINALI YILDIRIM, Prime Minister, Turkey (through translator): Today, somebody from the European Parliament says the detention of journalists from that newspaper is a red line. Brother, we don’t care about your red line. It’s the Turkish people who draw the red line. What importance does your line have?
JUDY WOODRUFF: The paper rejects government claims that its employees were — quote — “supporting terror” during last summer’s coup attempt.
Back in this country, Philadelphia’s public transit workers went on strike after failing to reach a contract deal. That brought bus, trolley, and subway service to a halt, affecting hundreds of thousands of riders. Workers took to the picket lines to demand better pensions, health care and shift scheduling. No new talks have been scheduled.
And on Wall Street, stocks slipped over disappointing earnings and concerns about the presidential race. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 105 points to close at 18037. The Nasdaq fell 35, and the S&P 500 slid 14.
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