ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

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August 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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A handful of major cities in the U.S. have decided that when local government pays for big construction projects, those projects should hire more local workers. This trend has faced fierce pushback from the construction industry
 

Federal agents called to Baltimore to quell rising violence (CS Monitor)

Over 40 people were killed in Baltimore in July, making it the city’s deadliest month in decades.
 

Idaho Judge Strikes Down 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States (KPBS)

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.
 
The government of Puerto Rico confirmed Monday that it failed to make a $58 million debt payment in a significant escalation of the debt crisis facing the U.S. island territory.
 
Only a dozen of the 566 U.S. tribes recognize same-sex marriage. In fact, the country’s largest tribes -- the Cherokee and the Navajo -- have laws specifically prohibiting the unions.
 
For the first time since Congress banned Pell grants for inmates in 1994, a new pilot program announced Friday will provide federal grant money to some prisoners.
 
In a new national poll, Quinnipiac asked the question in as straightforward a way as possible: "Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?" And, "Do you think the nuclear deal with Iran would make the world safer or less safe?" The results are stunning: Americans oppose the deal, 57 percent to 28 percent; and by 58 percent to 30 percent they think it will make the world less safe.
 

critics who question how detainees are used to keep detention centers running. Immigrant advocates say detainees are underpaid and have been removed from their jobs as punishment.

The use of drones for smuggling contraband into prisons is growing increasingly common as drones become more accessible to the public. 
 
Over 40 people were killed in Baltimore in July, making it the city’s deadliest month in decades.
 

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U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad (Reuters)

The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe seeks second American lion killer (BBC)

Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.

Mh370:  If debris is part of missing plane, what next? (CNN)

If confirmed to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, could a small portion of plane wing discovered on an Indian Ocean island be the clue investigators need to unlock one of aviation's biggest mysteries?

U.S. allies stage 29 air strikes against Islamic State (JPost)

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State conducted 29 air strikes against the militant group in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the task force leading the operation said in a statement.

The "supreme leader" talks of his apartheid plan against Israeli Jews, Iranian ploys against Israel and discusses that the Holocaust didn't happen, all while insisting he is not anti-Semitic. Read, Roundup
 
A 95-year-old Jew on mission to save Christians in Middle East 
 
In 2000, the country launched a campaign that seized thousands of white-owned farms. The move helped send Zimbabwe into an economic tailspin. But now, some of those farmers may get that land back.
 
One woman, 27, was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center in stable condition with burns to her body. The incident occurred when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a moving vehicle.
The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State conducted 29 air strikes against the militant group in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, the task force leading the operation said in a statement.
 

Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains.

U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad (Reuters)

The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.