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News Wrap: Russia expels diplomats in reprisal against U.S. and others

News Wrap: Russia expels diplomats in reprisal against U.S. and others


JUDY WOODRUFF: A funeral today in a city on
the edge. Services were held in Sacramento, California
for 22-year-old Stephon Clark. He was shot and killed by police earlier this
month, leading to days of protests. We will have the full story right after the
news summary. In the day’s other news: Russia retaliated
for the expulsions of more than 150 diplomats by the U.S. and other nations. Moscow tossed out the same number, including
60 American diplomats. It’s also closing the U.S. Consulate in St.
Petersburg, after the U.S. closed the Russian Consulate in Seattle. This follows the poisoning of a former Russian
spy in England. More funerals today in the Russian city of
Kemerovo. A shopping mall fire killed 64 people there
on Sunday; 41 of the dead were children. Today, at a local school, teachers and classmates
piled stuffed animals and hanged pictures of those they’d lost. One woman accused officials of washing their
hands of it and shifting responsibility. Families in Venezuela are demanding answers
after 68 people died in a fire during a jail riot. It happened Wednesday in the town of Valencia
in Carabobo State, 100 miles west of Caracas. Family members of inmates clashed with police
outside the prison and officers fired tear gas. Today, people were still angry. BEATRIZ RODRIGUEZ, Venezuela (through translator):
There was a riot here inside. I came quickly. When I arrived here, the cruelest news we
received was that they burned them, they killed them, they assassinated them, because they
were locked up in a jail cell. They are not crazy enough to burn themselves. They were burned. They were killed here like dogs. JUDY WOODRUFF: The United Nations has called
for a prompt investigation into the deaths. In Egypt, early estimates from this week’s
presidential election suggest incumbent Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will win 92 percent of the
vote cast. But, as ballots were counted today, state
media reported that voter turnout was only about 40 percent. That’s despite government payments and even
threats. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai
returned to Pakistan today. It was her first visit since being shot by
Taliban militants in 2012 for promoting education for girls. She met with Pakistan’s prime minister in
Islamabad, and said she had longed for a homecoming. MALALA YOUSAFZAI, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
(through translator): For last five years, I have dreamed that I can set foot in my country. Whenever I travel by plane or car, I see the
cities of London, New York. I was told, just imagine you are in Pakistan. It was never true. But now, today, I see. I am very happy. JUDY WOODRUFF: The visit is taking place under
heavy security, and is expected to last for several days. Back in this country, a Maryland appeals court
agreed on a new trial for a man whose murder case was featured in the NPR podcast “Serial.” Adnan Syed has spent almost 20 years in prison
for the killing of an ex-girlfriend. Today’s ruling upheld a lower court that vacated
Syed’s conviction because his lawyer failed to cross-examine a key witness. And Wall Street closed out a volatile week. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 254
points to finish at 24103. The Nasdaq rose 114 points, and the S&P 500
added nearly 36. The markets will be closed tomorrow for Good
Friday. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: I speak to
now former VA Secretary David Shulkin; unrest in Sacramento after a controversial police
shooting; the New Orleans mayor on his new book about confronting the South’s Confederate
past; and much more.

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