ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

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May 30, 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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US lost track of 1,500 immigrant children, but says it's not 'legally responsible' (CNN)

The federal government has placed thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children in the homes of sponsors, but last year it couldn't account for nearly 1,500 of them…

That's more than 19% of the children that were placed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement…

Hundreds of migrant children are being separated from parents — and U.S. officials can't keep track (CNBC)

U.S. officials are jailing and separating even more migrant parents from children, NBC News reported this week. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' policy extends to misdemeanor charges for first-time improper entry, according to the report. The tactic is expected to compound an existing problem: Federal officials are losing track of migrant children in the U.S. foster care system, the AP reported last month.

Gas prices are up 31% from last Memorial Day. Here’s why. (CNN Money)

Prices at the pump haven't been this high heading into the biggest driving holiday of the year since 2014, when crude was sitting in triple-digit territory.

Dawn of an era? Illinois statehouse passes Equal Rights Amendment  95 years later (Chicago Sun Times)

The Illinois House made history on Wednesday, allowing for the state to become the 37th in the country to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment designed to protect Americans against discrimination based on their sex.

One roadblock to arming teachers: insurance companies (Washington Post)

As proposals to arm teachers sweep across the nation, insurance companies are being forced to weigh the risks of these controversial plans. Some insurers are balking. Some are agreeing to provide policies but lamenting the lack of evidence about whether it makes schools safer — or increases the chances of people getting shot. Others are raising rates. “TThere’s not a lot of carriers that want to insure that risk,” Nate Walker, a senior vice president at insurer AmWINS Group. The reaction of insurance companies is notable because they are supposed to evaluate dangers through the dry eye of actuarial science, largely avoiding the heated emotions of the nation’s gun debate…

Judge declines to throw out Manafort charges (Yahoo News/AP)

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was handed a setback Friday as a judge rejected his attempt to throw out some of the criminal charges against him.

Roseanne sets off fury with Ambien excuse for racist tweet (The Hill)

Sanofi, the company that produces the prescription sleep aid, slammed Barr for trying to pass her tweet off as a side effect….” While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

WORLD

Russian Military Missile Downed Flight MH17: Int'l Investigators (NBC 7)

The Boeing 777 passenger jet was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 aboard

Leaders of two Koreas hold surprise meeting as Trump revives summit hopes (Reuters)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday in an effort to ensure a high-stakes summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump takes place successfully, South Korean officials said. The meeting was the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic flip-flops surrounding the prospects for an unprecedented summit between the United States and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the two Korean leaders are trying to keep the on-again off-again summit on track.

Ireland overturns abortion ban (BBC)

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban by 66.4% to 33.6%. A referendum held on Friday resulted in a landslide win for the repeal side.  Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman's life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.

Kremlin critic turns up alive on TV after reported murder (Reuters)



A dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday in the middle of a televised briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service.

Gaza militants launch barrages across border, Israel hits back with air strikes (Reuters)

Palestinian militants launched their heaviest barrages against Israel since… 2014... and Israeli aircraft struck back…. The Israeli military said more than 25 projectiles were fired [from Gaza] on Tuesday. Several were shot down by its Iron Dome rocket interceptor system while others landed in empty lots and farmland.  One exploded in the yard of a kindergarten, damaging its walls and scattering the playground with debris and shrapnel…

U.S. voices outrage as Syria assumes presidency of U.N. disarmament body (JPost)

The US State Department voiced outrage on Tuesday over the Syrian government's assumption of the presidency of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament for the next month, saying Damascus lacked credibility to preside over the body because of its use of chemical weapons.

`Spiderman' granted French citizenship after rescuing child from Paris balcony (CNN)

A young Malian migrant who rescued a child dangling from a balcony will be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade, the office of the French presidency said.

Canada Buys Controversial Oil Pipeline, Ensures Its Expansion  (NPR)

Canada will control both the 715-mile pipeline and its expansion, which is meant to increase capacity to 890,000 barrels a day. To do so, Canada will pay the pipeline's current owner, Kinder Morgan, $4.5 billion in Canadian dollars — about $3.5 billion in U.S. currency.

Mozambique 'jihadists behead’ villagers (BBC)

At least 10 people have been beheaded….Children are reported to be among those targeted in the attack on Monjane village in Cabo Delgado province, a hub for mining and petroleum exploration.