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August`15, 2019 (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 a 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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Trump administration could institute rule that would limit legal immigration (CNN)

The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications.

Trump admin ends family-based reunification programs for Haitians and Filipino World War II vets (CNN)

…US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Friday that it will terminate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program and the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program, which were designed to promote family reunification. "Parole" programs allow certain family members of US citizens or Green Card holders to temporarily enter or remain in the United States, even if they would otherwise not be allowed entry. 

Jeffrey Epstein dead after apparent suicide in NY jail cell (Washington Post)

Jeffrey Epstein, the politically connected financier and registered sex offender charged recently with sexually abusing dozens of young girls in the early 2000s, has died by apparent suicide while in jail and the FBI is investigating, the Bureau of Prisons said Saturday…Epstein, a multimillionaire with ties to celebrities and politicians including President Trump and former president Bill Clinton, was arrested last month on federal sex trafficking charges that could have put in him prison for 45 years

Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death (Washington Post)

… Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.

Ajit Pai loses another court case as judges overturn 5G deregulation (Ars Technica)

Pai tried to kill environmental and historic-preservation review of small cells.

White supremacists and Islamic State recruits have more in common than you might think (Los Angeles Times) 

On the surface, white supremacists and Islamic State recruits would not seem to have much in common. One group embraces a racist, anti-immigrant ideology and is mobilized by fear that a majority of people in the United States will soon no longer be white. The other group believes it must kill “infidels” and create an Islamic “caliphate.” Terrorism experts, however, say the radicalization process, tactics and narratives used by violent white nationalists are actually strikingly similar to those employed by Islamic State. 


Russia Confirms Radioactive Materials Were Involved in Deadly Blast (New York Times)

As signs of a secretive cleanup effort emerged, an official statement hinted at an accident involving a new nuclear engine for missiles.

Russia Says New Weapon Blew Up in Nuclear Accident Last Week (Bloomberg)

The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five atomic scientists last week on Russia’s White Sea involved a small nuclear power source, according to a top official at the institute where they worked.

G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks (BBC)

US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping reached agreement at the G20 summit in Japan. Mr Trump also said he would allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, in a move seen as a significant concession. Mr Trump had threatened additional trade sanctions on China.

Microsoft warns Windows 10 users to update immediately (CNN)

Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two "critical" vulnerabilities. The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially "wormable," meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user's part. 

Microplastics Found in the Arctic Snow at 'Unexpectedly High' Quantities (Newsweek)

"It naturally raises the question as to whether and how much plastic we're inhaling," researcher Melanie Bergmann said.

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