JOHN YANG: In the day’s other news, the Group of 20 major economies wound up their week-long summit in China. The leaders failed to set limits on a glut of cheap Chinese steel exports. But a much-anticipated climate change announcement, and meetings between world leaders on the sidelines, highlighted the gathering.
We will have a full report after the news summary.
At the G20 Summit, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to reach a deal on a cease-fire in Syria. That came as ISIS claimed responsibility for a series of attacks across Syria. At least 48 people were killed. The attacks included six suicide bombings and a remote-controlled bomb. They all happened during the morning rush hour.
Meanwhile, at least 24 people died in twin bombings in Afghanistan. The Taliban said it carried out the attacks near the Defense Ministry in Kabul. The first blast hit a crowded area near a government building, a market and a main intersection. The second blast struck as authorities responded to the first.
SAMIULLAH SAFI, Witness (through translator): When the first explosion happened, people crowded near the site. And then the second blast occurred, which was really powerful and killed lots of people, including workers, women and children. All those killed were poor people and breadwinners of their families. All innocent people were killed here.
JOHN YANG: Two of the dead were generals. More than 90 others were wounded.
North Korea has fired off three more medium-range ballistic missiles. They were launched about 30 miles south of Pyongyang, flew more than 600 miles, and landed in Japanese waters. The United States, Japan and others condemned the tests. The U.N. Security Council said it will discuss the situation tomorrow.
Tropical storm system Hermine slowly whirled up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard today, staying offshore, but chasing people off the beaches. The storm kicked up waves up to 20-feet high and rip currents from New York to Cape Cod. The storm had winds of 70 miles an hour, but it’s expected to weaken.
Nurses went on strike today at five hospitals in Minnesota. They’re striking over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. The Minnesota Nurses Association represents about 4,800 members. It called the strike after a 22-hour bargaining session ended Saturday without an agreement.
And some good news for the giant panda. A group that tracks animal populations says it’s no longer endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says giant panda numbers rose 17 percent in the last 10 years to nearly 1,900. That’s thanks to stepped-up protections by China.
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