News Wrap: UN’s nuclear watchdog raises new concerns about Iran

News Wrap: UN’s nuclear watchdog raises new concerns about Iran


JUDY WOODRUFF: Anti-government protests in
Hong Kong erupted into chaos today, leaving two people critically injured. One protester was shot at close range by police. Elsewhere, a pro-China supporter was doused
in flammable liquid and set on fire. Hong Kong’s leader vowed to spare no effort
to bring an end to the violent demonstrations that have gripped the semiautonomous Chinese
territory for over five months. Blasts from riot guns echoed through the streets
in Central Hong Kong, the city’s business district once again ground zero for clashes
between police and protesters. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators
flooded the streets at lunch hour. They were met by police in riot gear, who
fired tear gas and sent the crowds sprinting away. Protests began in the spring, first in opposition
to a proposed law to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China. They have morphed into calls for greater freedom
and an end to attacks by police. MISS WALL, Protester: They are not doing anything
violent, and the police just shoot them. And we are so angry about the police brutality. And there is no solution, because the government
never responds to any of our requests on the police violence. JUDY WOODRUFF: The cries denouncing police
violence grew louder today after an online video showed a protester being shot. In it, an officer in Hong Kong’s eastern Sai
Wan Ho district grapples with a protester. As a masked man in black rushes toward him,
the officer shoots him in the stomach. He is now in critical condition, but stable
after surgery. Police said the shooting was justified. PATRICK KWOK PAK-CHUNG, Regional Commander,
Hong Kong Island (through translator): It all happened just in a flash of a moment. He was trying to protect himself and his pistol. JUDY WOODRUFF: Police also accused protesters
of beating up a man and setting him on fire. Hong Kong executive Carrie Lam condemned the
demonstrators and called them — quote — “the people’s enemy.” CARRIE LAM, Hong Kong Chief Executive: If
there’s still any wishful thinking that, by escalating violence, the Hong Kong SAR government
will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I’m making the statement
clear and loud here. That will not happen. JUDY WOODRUFF: In Beijing, China’s Foreign
Ministry repeated claims that Western governments are supporting and accelerating the protests. GENG SHUANG, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
(through translator): Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, and no foreign
government, organization or individual has the right to intervene. We express firm opposition to anyone providing
a platform or creating conditions for activists or activities pro-Hong Kong independence. JUDY WOODRUFF: Back in Hong Kong, clashes
continued into the evening, as police fired tear gas from moving vehicles. Protesters lit fires in the middle of the
street. Police sprayed water cannons to put them out
and disperse the crowds. Tensions were also high in Bolivia today,
as the country struggled with a power vacuum left by the resignation of President Evo Morales. His 14-year rule came to an end Sunday, after
weeks of violent protests over claims of fraud in his reelection last month. But yesterday’s celebrations were quickly
eclipsed by clashes and fires that raged into the night. We will get the latest right after the news
summary. The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog raised
new concerns today about Iran violating its 2015 nuclear deal. Its inspectors discovered manmade uranium
particles that Tehran hadn’t previously declared. They also confirmed that Iran is enriching
uranium at its underground Fordow facility. Meanwhile, in Paris, European Union members
met to try to keep the nuclear deal alive. HEIKO MAAS, German Foreign Minister (through
translator): I think now it’s time to make it clear to Iran that it can’t continue like
this. Iran must fulfill its obligations laid out
in the treaty. But the country isn’t doing that when uranium
is being enriched again. We want to keep the deal in place, but that’s
only possible if Iran fulfills its obligations, too. JUDY WOODRUFF: The head of Iran’s nuclear
program reported that his country was now producing more low-enriched uranium daily
than previously believed, with the help of its Fordow centrifuges. Under the treaty, that facility was only to
be used for research. Turkey began sending captured foreign members
of the Islamic State, including one U.S. citizen, back to their home countries today. Last week, Turkey’s interior minister estimated
some 1,200 foreign ISIS fighters were in Turkish prisons. Separately, a former British army officer
who helped found the Syrian civilian rescue group known as the White Helmets was found
dead in Turkey. The body of James Le Mesurier was discovered
near his home in Istanbul. His death is now under investigation. Australia’s most populous state, New South
Wales, declared an emergency today amid raging wildfires. At least three people have died. The inferno began Friday in the northeast
part of the state. It’s already destroyed more than 150 homes
and burned nearly 4,000 square miles of forest and farmland. Fire officials warned conditions are expected
to worsen. SHANE FITZSIMMONS, New South Wales Rural Fire
Commissioner: We continue to have more than 60 fires burning across New South Wales, and
more than half of them remain uncontained. And we can expect to see the alert levels
increase on a number of these fires up in northern New South Wales. The conditions are still extremely dry. And the fire behavior is still quite volatile JUDY WOODRUFF: Australia’s annual fire season
started earlier than normal, after an unusually warm and arid winter. Australian environmental activists have linked
the intensity of the fires to climate change, and said that the Australian government is
not taking strong enough action. Spain appears set for more uncertainty, after
a second general election this year failed to end the country’s political impasse. Sunday’s vote put the ruling Socialists in
first place, but they failed to secure a parliamentary majority. Meanwhile, the far-right Vox Party shot to
third place, after more than doubling its seats in Parliament. Back in this country, a federal judge in Washington
dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit against New York officials who are trying to win release
of his tax returns. The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee
had been hoping to use a New York state law to obtain Mr. Trump’s tax records. Today, the judge ruled that he does not have
jurisdiction over the case, but Mr. Trump can file a similar lawsuit in New York. New York Congressman Peter King announced
today he won’t seek reelection. The moderate Republican was first elected
to Congress in 1993, representing part of Long Island. King is the 20th House Republican to announce
plans to leave after next year’s election. A record-setting cold is causing parts of
the American Midwest to experience January-like temperatures in November. That same wintry blast brought more than three
inches of snow to Chicago today, forcing some 900 flights to be canceled. One plane slid off the runway at O’Hare International
Airport, but no injuries were reported. Stocks were flat on Wall Street today over
uncertainty about U.S.-China trade talks. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 10
points to close at a record 27691. The Nasdaq fell 11 points. And the S&P 500 slipped six. And America paid tribute to our nation’s veterans
today with wreath-laying ceremonies, parades, and other events. President Trump spoke at the 100th annual
New York City Veterans Day parade, while Vice President Pence took part in a solemn service
at Arlington National Cemetery. We will have more on today’s commemorations
at the end of the program. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: a power vacuum
in Bolivia, as the three-term leader steps down amid violent protests; the long journey
of Rudy Giuliani, the man in the middle of the impeachment inquiry; Amy Walter and Tamara
Keith on the outset of a historic week; plus, much more.

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