News Wrap: Turkish forces deploy to Syrian border after U.S. troops leave


In the day’s other news: The U.S. Supreme
Court heard arguments on whether workers can be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual
or transgender. At issue is whether they are covered by the
1964 Civil Rights Act. A decision is expected by early next summer. We will discuss all of this right after the
news summary. Turkey moved troops into position today for
an offensive against Kurdish forces in Northeastern Syria. That was after President Trump ordered U.S.
troops out of the area. The Turks say they want a safe zone, free
of the Kurds, who helped defeat the Islamic State group. Today, Turkish soldiers and artillery deployed
to towns on the border with Syria. Officials said they had finalized all preparations. Hong Kong’s chief executive is warning that
she might have to call in the Chinese military if violent protests continue. New trouble flared over the weekend and through
Monday, aimed at a ban on face masks. Overnight, riot police tried to clear the
streets of anti-government protesters. Hours later, Chief Executive Carrie Lam wouldn’t
rule out asking China to intervene. CARRIE LAM, Hong Kong Chief Executive: I still
strongly feel that we should find the solutions ourselves, that that is also the position
of the central government, that Hong Kong should tackle the problem on her own. But if the situation becomes so bad, then
no options can be ruled out, if we want Hong Kong to at least to have another chance. JUDY WOODRUFF: Hong Kong police say more than
200 shops and public utilities have been damaged since Friday. Tensions are still running high between China
and the U.S. National Basketball Association. It stems from a tweet by Daryl Morey, the
Houston Rockets general manager, supporting the Hong Kong protesters. NBA commissioner Adam Silver defended Morey’s
rights today, saying he is — quote — “apologetic” about the reaction, but not about the tweet
itself. ADAM SILVER, NBA Commissioner: We are not
apologizing for Daryl exercising his freedom of expression. I regret, again, having communicated directly
with many friends in China, that so many people are upset. JUDY WOODRUFF: Chinese state broadcaster CCTV
shot back that any challenge to China’s sovereignty and stability is not covered by free speech. It also announced that it will not air two
NBA exhibition games in China this week. The United States imposed visa restrictions
today on Chinese officials linked to a crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
called for Beijing to end what he called a campaign of repression. Just yesterday, the U.S. Commerce Department
added 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies to a trade blacklist over the same
issue. The new sanctions came just before new trade
talks with China, and sent a shudder through Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 314
points to close at 26164. The Nasdaq fell 132 points, and the S&P 500
dropped 45. The number of migrants stopped at the U.S.
southern border declined in September, for the fourth month in a row. The Customs and Border Protection agency says
that it was 52,000, down from 144,000 last May. More than 45,000 migrants are waiting in Mexico
while their asylum claims are processed. And the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics goes
to three scientists whose work bears on the search for life beyond Earth. Canadian-American James Peebles at Princeton
University was honored today for research into the evolution of the universe. Two Swiss astronomers were recognized for
being the first to find a planet beyond the solar system in 1995. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: what is on
the line as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the rights of LGBT Americans; the deadly
protests in Iraq — why are citizens mobilizing in the face of gunfire?; a wide-ranging conversation
with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton; and much more.

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