News Wrap: U.S. and China reach partial trade deal

News Wrap: U.S. and China reach partial trade deal


In the day’s other news: The U.S. has reached
a partial trade deal with China, after a 15-month-long trade war. President Trump agreed to suspend a $250 billion
tariff hike on Chinese goods that was set to go into effect Tuesday. In turn, China pledged to buy up to $50 billion
in U.S. agricultural products. The president announced the progress this
afternoon. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
So, now we’re getting it papered. And I don’t think it should be a problem getting
it papered. I think that China wants it badly, and so
we want it also, and we should be able to get that done over the next four weeks. JUDY WOODRUFF: But the world’s two biggest
economies will delay any decisions on more contentious issues, like U.S. claims that
China is forcing countries to turn over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese
market. They plan to address those outstanding issues
in future negotiations. Word of the partial U.S.-China trade deal
sent stocks soaring on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 320
points to close at 26816. The Nasdaq rose 106, and the S&P 500 added
32. More than 100,000 people are under evacuation
orders as a wildfire rages in Southern California. So far, 1,000 firefighters have been deployed
along the northern edge of Los Angeles. At least two people have died. The Saddleridge fire started raging overnight,
fueled by strong Santa Ana winds. Planes dropped fire-retardant chemicals on
the flames. Officials urged residents to heed orders to
leave. RALPH TERRAZAS, Los Angeles Fire Chief: This
is a very dynamic fire. The public can help us by listening to police
officers and firefighter directions, especially when we’re talking about evacuations. Do not wait to leave. If we ask you to evacuate, please evacuate. JUDY WOODRUFF: Southern California utility
Edison turned off electricity for about 20,000 people. It warned that thousands more could be affected. Meanwhile, in Northern California, the lights
were back on for more than a million people impacted by planned outages. But Pacific Gas and Electric said that more
than 300,000 customers were still without power. Fire officials reported that a man who relied
on oxygen died 12 minutes after losing electricity. The casualties are mounting on both sides,
as Turkish forces advance farther into Northeast Syria. Turkey claims to have killed more than 300
Kurdish fighters. About 100,000 civilians have been forced to
flee. Meanwhile, two car bombs exploded in the Kurdish-controlled
urban center of Qamishli, a city that has been heavily shelled by Turkish troops. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News
was there today, and filed this report. LINDSEY HILSUM: Qamishli was calm until this
week. The war was over. People dared to think peace might last. This was the scene today, after a massive
explosion in a different part of town. At first, people thought it was another mortar. There have been three days of attacks now. We arrived about an hour later, as the smoke
began to clear and the damage became evident. This wasn’t a rocket, but a car bomb, the
vehicle that carried it utterly destroyed. This is right in the middle of Qamishli. People don’t know exactly what happened. There was an explosion, they said. And you can see, it must have been huge. See all the damage that’s been done. Qamishli was peaceful, but people are now
afraid of two things. They’re afraid of the Turks attacking, and
they’re afraid that there may be sleeper cells of the Islamic State here in the town. The car bomb was most likely planted by fighters
from I.S., Da’esh, as they call it, who went underground when the caliphate was defeated
earlier this year. Now Kurdish forces are too busy fighting the
Turks to track and catch terrorists. MAN (through translator): We want Europe to
hear our voice. And Trump, who abandoned us, we fought Da’esh
side by side with his soldiers, and now he just pulls out his troops and left us alone. Let Trump hear us. LINDSEY HILSUM: They know they can’t defeat
Turkey alone. JUDY WOODRUFF: That report from Lindsey Hilsum
of Independent Television News. The Pentagon announced today that it will
send nearly 2,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia to help protect against Iran. That is in spite of President Trump’s recent
pledge to reduce the U.S. presence in the Middle East. The U.S. will also move several dozen fighter
jets and other air defenses. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced
the deployment. MARK ESPER, U.S. Defense Secretary: Iran’s
attempts to use terror, intimidation and military force to advance its interests are inconsistent
with international norms. Saudi Arabia is a longstanding security partner
in the Middle East, and has asked for additional support to supplement their own defenses and
defend the international rules-based order. JUDY WOODRUFF: The troops will join more than
10,000 American service members who are already deployed across the Middle East. A super typhoon is barreling towards Japan
today, threatening to dump as much as 30 inches of rain. It is expected to make landfall south of Tokyo
tomorrow. In the meantime, grocery stores in the capital
city were packed, as people stocked up on last-minute supplies. Elsewhere, residents on Oshima Island boarded
up their homes and shops. In Ecuador, anti-government protests against
a fuel price hike ground the capital city to a standstill for another day. At least five demonstrators have been killed
in the last week of unrest. Protesters in Quito threw rocks at police,
who then fired back with tear gas and rubber bullets. One demonstrator insisted that their strike
will continue until their demands are met. LUIS VARGAS, President, Confederation of Indigenous
Nationalities (through translator): We are not going to stop until we reach our goal. But, right now, we are being repressed. They are killing us with these weapons. These are not rubber bullets. These are real bullets, bullets that kill
people. JUDY WOODRUFF: Government operations have
been moved outside of the capital, but Ecuador’s president has refused to step down. The gunman who attempted to attack a German
synagogue Wednesday has now confessed to carrying out the shooting, and he acknowledged being
motivated by anti-Semitic views. The rampage happened on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s
holiest day. The attacker was unable to enter the synagogue’s
locked doors, and, instead, he fatally shot two bystanders outside. He faces two counts of murder and seven counts
of attempted murder. A new report out today has found that Boeing
withheld key information about its 737 MAX plane from pilots and safety officials. The panel of international aviation regulators
also found that the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to review the plane’s
automated flight control system that is linked to two deadly crashes this year. The 737 MAX is grounded while Boeing works
on software updates. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said today
that his recent heart attack has made him more aware of the need for quality, affordable
health care. Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential
nomination, suffered a heart attack last week. The 78-year-old spoke to reporters today outside
his Vermont home, where he’s been recovering. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Presidential Candidate:
My recent heart attack has made me think even more about health care. This is America, and you have millions of
people today who are sick, who have symptoms, who are not going to the doctor because they
are fearful of the incredible medical bills they’re going to receive. JUDY WOODRUFF: Sanders said that he will attend
next week’s Democratic primary debate in Ohio. It will be his first public event since his
heart attack. And the Washington Mystics are celebrating
today after winning their first-ever Women’s National Basketball Association championship. Congratulations. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: how Ethiopia’s
prime minister made peace with his neighbors and won the Nobel Prize; one-on-one with Former
National Security Adviser Susan Rice; plus, Mark Shields and David Brooks break down a
week’s worth of impeachment news.

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