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Lawmakers don’t just want to muscle Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE out of doing business with the federal government. They’re also ratcheting up pressure on private organizations to sever ties with the companies, which they say help Beijing spy on Americans.

In a sharply worded letter to Google this week, lawmakers from both parties called on chief executive Sundar Pichai to rethink a long-standing partnership with Huawei in light of repeated warnings from the U.S. intelligence community that the company could use its products as a conduit for state-sponsored espionage.

A separate letter this week from an even larger group of lawmakers called on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to press dozens of academic institutions for information about research relationships they’ve forged with Huawei. The lawmakers warned that Huawei could use its access to the U.S. education system to collect intelligence.

Read more: The Washington Post

A federal judge sentenced Aziz Sayyed to 15 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision for plotting a terror attack in Huntsville. He also cannot travel outside of the United States. Sayyed pleaded guilty to federal charges in March.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 15 years and lifetime monitoring after the guilty plea.

Sayyed was arrested in June 2017 after telling an undercover agent that he was interested in serving ISIS. Prosecutors and Sayyed's own attorney both say he had already obtained chemicals that could be used in a TATP explosive device, like the one used in the terror attack in Manchester that killed 23 people, including the bomber.

Read more: WHNT

Since a deadly explosion rocked Baghdad’s Sadr City area June 6, there's been a lot of talk about getting armed factions to turn over their weapons to the Iraqi government, but it remains to be seen how successful such a campaign would be.

The blast, which occurred when illegally stored weapons and ammunition detonated, killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 100. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for an urgent investigation into the explosion.

Muqtada al-Sadr, a nationalist Shiite cleric and head of the Sadrist movement — whose family is Sadr City's namesake — addressed the incident June 8. He stressed that he had given orders to search for the “fugitive” responsible, though some of his opponents alleged the weapons, which had been stored in a mosque, were owned by Sadr's own Peace Companies militia.

Read more: Al-Monitor

Few Islamic State group fighters return but home-grown attacks rise, Europol says
Europeans who have fought on behalf of the Islamic State group have not flooded back in large numbers since losing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Europe's police agency said on Wednesday but they’ve inspired a growing number of home-grown attacks.

Manuel Navarrete, head of Europol's Counter Terrorism Centre, told a press conference at its Hague headquarters that a big influx of returning fighters had not materialised.

"The main threat is coming from foreign terrorist fighters even though the numbers ... that are returning are quite low," he said, referring to outsiders who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside militants there.

Read more: France24

Two female suicide bombers left 15 people injured in north-eastern Nigeria, news agency AFP reports.

Borno state police spokesman Edet Okon told the agency the first woman exploded when she was shot by officers near a military base in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening.

The second woman died after detonating her device near a rickshaw, he added.

 

Source:  BBC News