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News Wrap: Trump downplays idea of North Korean missile test


JUDY WOODRUFF: President Trump is playing
down a possible Christmas surprise from North Korea, what some believe will be a missile
test. Pyongyang has warned of unspecified action
if the U.S. doesn’t ease sanctions by year’s end. But, today, at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida,
Mr. Trump suggested North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have something else in mind. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
Let’s see. Maybe it’s a nice present. Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful
vase, as opposed to a missile test, right? I may get a new vase. I may get a nice present from him. You don’t know. You never know. JUDY WOODRUFF: The president spoke after a
Christmas Eve video conference with members of the U.S. military stationed around the
world. Christmas has already arrived in much of the
world. In Bethlehem today, the main square was filled
for the annual parade. The faithful and tourists alike arrived to
visit the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Later, at the Vatican, worshipers gathered
in St. Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Francis celebrated midnight mass. But, in Paris, fire damage prevented Christmas
services at Notre Dame Cathedral, for the first time since the French Revolution. In Hong Kong, Christmas Eve was marked by
a new wave of protests. Thousands of demonstrators occupied key roads
to block traffic in a major tourist district. Riot police fired tear gas to break up the
crowds. Scuffles also broke out inside busy shopping
malls. Police beat back some of the protesters with
batons. The Parliament in Iraq approved a new election
law today, meeting a key demand of protesters. It calls for electing one candidate per district,
instead of electing entire slates. The goal is to give independents a better
chance. Mass protests have flared across Iraq since
October. They call for an overhaul of the political
system and an end to corruption. Cooler weather in part of Australia helped
crews fighting some 200 wildfires today. And Prime Minister Scott Morrison sought to
ensure manpower for the front lines by announcing paid leave for many volunteers. Morrison toured burnt vineyards and wrecked
homes in Adelaide and thanked firefighters for working through the holidays. SCOTT MORRISON, Australian Prime Minister:
Today may be Christmas Eve, but, for so many firefighters, it is going to be another day
out there protecting their communities. And I thank them for their service. And I thank all those volunteers who are supporting
to keep them out there. And I thank their families for their forbearance. JUDY WOODRUFF: The prime minister has taken
political criticism for vacationing in Hawaii last week as the wildfire crisis exploded. On Wall Street, stocks were mostly flat, as
the market closed early for Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 36 points
to close at 28515. The Nasdaq rose seven points, and the S&P
500 slipped a fraction. Britain’s Prince Philip was discharged from
a London hospital today, in time for Christmas. He walked out unaided after a four-night stay. Buckingham Palace said that he was treated
for an unspecified preexisting condition. Prince Philip is 98 years old. And, thankfully, the U.S. and Canadian militaries
are tracking Santa Claus’ journey tonight for the 64th year. This time, the tracker is on social media
and 3-D apps, thanks to tech firms working with NORAD. That’s the North American Aerospace Defense
Command. About 1, 500 volunteers are also fielding
thousands of e-mails and phone calls. Safe journey to Saint Nick.

Robin Kshlerin

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