News Wrap: U.S. marks 17th anniversary of 9/11 attacks


In the day’s other news: The nation marked
17 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. In New York, bells rang at the exact moment
that the first jetliner crashed into the World Trade Center tower. In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, President Trump
joined in honoring those who fought the hijackers of their jet before it plunged into a field. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
America will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us. We will remember that free people are never
at the mercy of evil, because our destiny is always in our hands. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: A separate service was held
at the Pentagon, with Vice President Mike Pence honoring the 184 people who died there. In all, nearly 3,000 people and the 19 hijackers
were killed on 9/11. The International Criminal Court vowed today
to continue its work undeterred, this despite being condemned by the United States. On Monday, U.S. National Security Adviser
John Bolton called the ICC illegitimate. He threatens sanctions if the court tries
to prosecute American troops or agents for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. The leaders of China and Russia today pledged
a strategic partnership in the face of rising antagonism with the U.S. China’s Xi Jinping
and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met in the Russian city of Vladivostok near the Chinese border. Xi said the two nations will present a united
front against what he called trade protectionism, a clear jab at President Trump’s policies. XI JINPING, Chinese President (through translator):
China and Russia both bear the responsibilities of maintaining world peace and stability. Under the current background of increasing
changes in international structure and growing instability and uncertainty, it is more important
for China and Russia to join our hands in maintaining international justice and fairness. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: This meeting coincided with
joint Chinese-Russian military exercises in Siberia. They’re the largest in Russia since the fall
of the Soviet Union and involved some 300,000 troops. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained 114 points close at 25971. The Nasdaq rose 48 points, and the S&P 500
added 10. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the Trump
administration’s latest step to rollback efforts to fight climate change; where things stand
in Afghanistan 17 years after the 9/11 attacks; health risks as a result of the wildfires
out West; and much more.

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