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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Keyword: worldwide terrorism threats & domestic extremist threats & trends

A judge will decide the fate of a man convicted of trying to carry out a suicide bombing in the Times Square Subway Station, only to have it blow up in his own face.

35 years in prison is the defendant Akayed Ullah's best-case scenario.

That's what his lawyer is asking for, but prosecutors want a life sentence.

Surveillance video from December 2017 showed Ullah detonate a bomb that was strapped to his chest inside the Times Square subway station.

Read more: ABC 7 New York

The Swiss government on Tuesday defended a new anti-terrorism law that will be put to a nationwide referendum in June and that includes restrictive measures on child suspects.

Under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, a committee collected signatures to force a referendum to overturn the law that was adopted by parliament in September.

The referendum will take place on June 13.

The new law allows the police to intervene with preventative measures if they have concrete and current indications of terrorist activity, the government said in a statement.

Read more: US News & World Report

A Sydney woman found guilty of helping to plan a terror attack has lost her bid for her conviction to be overturned after the High Court dismissed her argument that a married couple could not conspire.

Alo-Bridget Namoa and Sameh Bayda dubbed themselves an "Islamic Bonnie and Clyde".

In 2018, both were found guilty of conspiring to commit random terror attacks on non-Muslims on New Year's Eve 2015.

The attacks were never carried out but during their trial, prosecutors said that Bayda was planning to be part of the attacks with a group of other young men.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

The Australian man who carried out the Christchurch mosque massacres is launching a legal challenge against his jail conditions in the New Zealand high court.

Brenton Tarrant, who was last year sentenced to life imprisonment for 51 murders and one charge of terrorism, will represent himself in a hearing in Auckland on Thursday.

He has requested a judicial review, which looks at whether decisions have been made appropriately within the law. He is not appealing against his sentence and the hearing has no bearing on the outcome of the criminal case or his terrorism conviction.

Information provided to the Guardian by the court appeared to indicate that the killer wants the court to review decisions made by the Department of Corrections about his prison conditions, and also possibly his designation as a “terrorist entity” under the Terrorism Suppression Act.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

After a career in the Army, little surprises Col. Christopher Nyland, garrison commander at Fort George G. Meade.

He knows that there are members of the Army and the military as a whole that express extremist behaviors. That was only reinforced by the training he underwent and led regarding extremism in the military.

“I would challenge you to find any group of 3 million people that didn’t have some members in their ranks that didn’t have some of those beliefs… So that was about overcoming the ‘we don’t have a problem,’” Nyland said.

“And I think no one in the room was surprised, at least in the group that I led or the group that I participated in, that that kind of behavior was unacceptable.”

Read more: Baltimore Sun