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A collection of open-source terrorism news from around the world.

Norway's intelligence service says the Scandinavian country no longer faces an imminent terror threat from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.  Benedicte Bjoernland, head of Norway's security service PST, said Thursday new information indicates a terror attack won't take place now. But she said the overall threat level against Norway remains high.

Bjoernland said the original information that prompted last week's warning from the Norwegian government of an impending threat, was unspecific about what the target might be, or when or where an attack could take place.  PST said a group of people traveling from Syria to commit terror in the West had named Norway as a target.  The government warning led to visible police at border crossings, airports, train stations and places with large crowds.

Source:  ABC News

When Moner Mohammad Abusalha drove a truck packed with explosives into a restaurant in northern Syria in May, American authorities conceded that they knew little about how a young man who grew up a basketball-obsessed teenager in a Florida gated community had become a suicide bomber.  And they have never publicly acknowledged the startling discovery they made weeks into their investigation: that after receiving training by an extremist group in Syria, Mr. Abusalha had returned to the United States for several months before leaving the country for the last time.

Mr. Abusalha, 22, chose to carry out his attack in Syria rather than in the United States, but the difficulty learning about his background, motivations and travels illustrates the problems law enforcement officials face in trying to identify the Westerners — including dozens of Americans — believed to have been trained by Islamic militants in Syria.

Counterterrorism officials in both Europe and the United States have long said they consider the return of their radicalized citizens from Syria a looming threat, especially to nations easily reached from Syria. But with so many Americans traveling abroad, officials in the United States face the difficult question of how to deal with a potential danger posed by a small group of people.

Read more: New York Times

Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a "terrorist state," Wednesday, because of the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.  Israeli citizens will now be required to obtain a visa before traveling to Bolivia. Previously, under a 1972 agreement, which Morales denounced for being "signed under a dictatorial regime," Israelis could travel freely into Bolivia without having to obtain a visa, according to La Razón.

Israel is now considered a "group 3" country, meaning visa applications must be reviewed by the National Migration Administration.  "In other words we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," Página Siete reported Morales as saying.

"Israel does not respect the principles or purposes of the United Nations charter nor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Morales said, according to Página Siete.

Read More:  USA Today

A suicide bomber blew herself up at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, killing six people in the fourth such attack there in less than a week, the government said.  Six other people were critically wounded by the bomber who targeted youths looking at a notice board for national youth service in Kano Polytechnic, government spokesman Mike Omeri said.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria, has repeatedly bombed Kano as it radiates attacks outwards from its northeast heartlands.

Omeri added that security forces had arrested three Boko Haram suspects in Katsina state, two of them female, on Tuesday. One was a 10-year-old girl who had had an explosive belt strapped to her by the others, he said.

Read more:  Reuters

Students and civil servants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has been overrun by Islamic State (IS) militants, have formed an armed resistance group to fight the jihadists.  Reports that some local residents gathered to mourn the destruction at the hands of Sunni extremists of a revered shrine, which is believed to be the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah, appeared to be the first sign of revolt against IS.

But the eviction of Christians by militants in the country's second-largest city may now have paving the way for a popular uprising. Many Iraqi Christians were forced to flee after the jihadists told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.  France said it was ready to offer asylum to some 35,000 Christians that lived in the city. Just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority have remained in the city but had to convert to Islam to survive, according to reports.

In response, students, civil servants and merchants have gathered around a group named Kataeb al-Mosul (The Mosul Brigades), according to Anwar Ali, 23.  He told AFP that some people suggested the group be renamed Nabi Yunus Army as a reaction to the blowing up of the shrines. "This campaign of destruction of our mosques, churches and heritage sites is an attempt to suppress Mosul's identity," Anwar Ali told the news agency.

Read more: International Business Times (UK)