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May 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:



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U.S. says it will separate families crossing border illegally (Reuters)

The Trump administration will increase criminal prosecutions of parents entering the United States illegally and place their children in protective custody, stepping up efforts to tighten immigration enforcement, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Sessions promises prosecutions for all illegal border crossings, including asylum seekers (San Diego Union-Tribune)

In the Trump administration’s latest move to escalate immigration enforcement, the federal government will now prosecute every person — whether smuggler or asylum seeker — who crosses the border illegally… Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, called the move “draconian.” “Threatening to prosecute and incarcerate migrants, including parents of children, is neither a practical nor a humane response to people who may be seeking refuge or who may not have a line to stand in to apply for legal status,” Guerrero said.

Hawaii volcano eruption destroys 35 structures -- and the lava keeps flowing (CNN)

Lava and hazardous fumes continued to spew on Hawaii's Big Island on Monday, four days after the Kilauea volcano erupted. By Monday morning, 35 structures -- including at least 26 homes -- had been destroyed, Hawaii Civil Defense said.

Residents on Hawaii's Big Island flee the threat of quakes, lava and toxic gas (CNN)

Residents on Hawaii's Big Island faced the threats of more earthquakes, lava and dangerous gas after the Kilauea volcano erupted, spewing high levels of sulfur dioxide and molten rocks into neighborhoods. A magnitude 6.9 quake struck the area Friday, jolting homes already threatened by volcanic eruption…The volcano, which erupted Thursday, already had driven hundreds of people from their homes.

Are you owed $1,200? Maybe, if you got a Dish telemarketing call (CBS)

Thousands of people who got a telemarketing call for Dish Network in 2010 or 2011 may be able to collect $1,200 per call…Lawyers say they are having trouble convincing people to sign up to get the money they're owed from the $61 million class action lawsuit over sales pitches to people on the national Do Not Call Registry…To check if your phone number received one of these calls, you can look it up on this website.

Trump threatens to close U.S. Borders (Time Magazine)

Trump criticized U.S. immigration policy, saying people entering the U.S. illegally are taking advantage of “catch-and-release” practices and don’t show up for their immigration court dates. He said: “We may have to close up our country to get this straight.”

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to be sued for suspending Obama-era fair-housing rule (Washington Post)

Fair-housing advocates plan to file a lawsuit early Tuesday morning against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for suspending an Obama-era rule requiring communities to examine and address barriers to racial integration. 

The 2015 rule required more than 1,200 communities receiving billions of federal housing dollars to draft plans to desegregate their communities — or risk losing federal funds.


Trump abandons 'defective' Iran nuclear deal, to revive sanctions (Reuters)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled the United States out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upsetting European allies and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies.

U.S. Navy fleet will deploy to combat Russia’s resurgence (Newsweek)

With a resurgent Russia, the U.S. announced Friday that it will re-establish a fleet of its Navy that it abolished nearly seven years ago as a cost-cutting measure.  The U.S. Navy's Second Fleet will be sent to the North Atlantic Ocean.

Russian opposition leader, hundreds arrested amid-anti-Putin protests (The Hill)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and hundreds of anti-Kremlin activists were arrested by police amid protests against Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday.

Over a dozen killed in mosque blast as violence grips Afghanistan (CNN)

At least 14 people were killed and 33 others injured after an explosion at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks in the country in recent weeks. The mosque, in the city of Khost, was also being used as a voter registration center…The Taliban denied involvement in the blast, and so far, no group has claimed responsibility

Nigeria:  Bandits slaughter 51 villagers (BBC)

A gang of what are said to be former cattle rustlers has killed at least 51 adults and children in a village in northern Nigeria, burning down homes. Amongst the rows of dead bodies in Gwaska, in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state, were children under the age of 10.