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An Uzbek refugee sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted in a plan to kill military personnel or civilians in Idaho has dropped an appeal of his conviction and sentence in exchange for dismissal of bomb-making charges in Utah, a newspaper reported.

The deal also includes prosecutors in Idaho dropping their appeal that the sentence for 33-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov wasn't long enough, the Idaho Statesman reported ( Thursday.

A federal court judge in Boise sentenced Kurbanov in January following his August conviction on charges of conspiracy, attempting to support a terrorist organization and possession of bomb-making components.

A Utah grand jury in May 2013 indicted Kurbanov on charges of providing instruction on the construction and use of an improvised explosive device. Kurbanov could have faced an additional 20 years in prison if convicted of that count.

Read more: ABC News

UK citizens are poised to vote on a crucial decision about whether to stay or leave the European Union (EU) -- but the debate has been stalked by the fear that one big terror attack in the UK before Thursday's poll could influence the outcome.

So far in the referendum campaign, Britain -- although traumatized by the brutal murder of British lawmaker Jo Cox -- has fortunately only been  a spectator to the terrorist scourge of radical Islam. In Paris the brutal stabbing of a police officer and his partner (also a policewoman) in their house left their three-year-old son orphaned. Terrible enough, but the knife-wielding attacker also broadcast his actions live.

As Europe awoke to this new level of terror -- the potential of mass execution being streamed live -- the U.S. was experiencing its own horror with dozens slaughtered in the Orlando club shooting.

Read more: CNN

Federal prosecutors say a Tooele County man placed a pipe bomb against the door of a BLM cabin and pushed the button on a remote detonator multiple times, with no result.  His mistake? He'd unwittingly assigned an undercover FBI agent to build the bomb.

William Keebler, 57, of Stockton, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Nephi and appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court, charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to blow up federal property at an Arizona Strip BLM facility that he had allegedly scouted with Robert LaVoy Finicum.

Keebler is being held in Salt Lake County jail and will have a June 29 detention hearing. He faces five to 20 years in a federal prison if convicted of the charge.

Charging documents say Keebler is the commander of a citizen militia group headquartered in Stockton. He was present at the April 2014 standoff with federal land administrators near the Bunkerville, Nev. ranch of Cliven Bundy, and was an associate of Finicum, who was killed in late January by Oregon state police after he tried to avoid their roadblock in eastern Oregon amid an occupation of a federal wildlife refuge. The Tribune wrote about Keebler in December 2011 when he worked as an outfitter guiding coyote sport hunters.

Read more: Salt Lake Tribune

A Turkish official says a civilian was killed and two soldiers lightly wounded in a bomb attack against a gendarme outpost in southeast Turkey.  The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, said initial reports indicate a car bomb was detonated by the outpost in Omerli, a town in Mardin Province.

The civilian was a truck driver who was passing by in his vehicle.  Southeast Turkey has become the scene of regular clashes between security forces and fighters linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

The fighting often coincides with extended curfews imposed by authorities. It has led to the displacement of thousands of people and vast damage to infrastructure in flashpoint districts.  Turkey, along with its allies, considers the PKK a terrorist organization.

Source: ABC News

Police shot and killed a masked  gunman Thursday who had opened fire in a cinema and taken hostages in a small town in western Germany, according to German authorities.

At least 25 people were hurt in the melee. However, the mass circulation newspaper Bild said they were injured by tear gas used by police. The Darmstadt Echo put the number of injured from 20 to 50 people.

The incident erupted in the Kinopolis movie theater in the town of Viernheim, about 45 miles south of Frankfurt, according to the Associated Press

Read more: USA Today