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Italian police have arrested four people in a foreign fighter investigation, including a Moroccan-born man living in Italy who had received Islamic State orders to attack Rome, prosecutors said.  Milan prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli said investigators intercepted the communication from within Islamic State territory ordering attacks in Italy "with particular attention to the city of Rome" and focusing on the Holy Year pilgrimage currently under way.

There was no indication any attacks were imminent and Mr Romanelli said authorities acted quickly to close the investigation, arresting four people and issuing arrest warrants for two others believed to be in IS territory.  He said: "This is a new profile, because it was not a generic indication, but an indication given to a specific person who was invited to act within the territory of the Italian state."

Authorities arrested the Moroccan-born man, identified as Abderrahim Moutahrrick, and his wife, Salma Bencharki, who were allegedly planning on travelling from their home in Lecco, north of Milan, to IS territory with their children, aged two and four.

Read more: Belfast Telegraph

Last week’s Jerusalem bus bombing carried out by member of Hamas shows the Islamist movement’s “determination” to continue resisting Israel, the head of the Palestinian group in Gaza said on Thursday.

Addressing thousands of supporters in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya praised the “heroic action” of Abdel Hamid Abu Sorur, who killed himself and wounded 20 people in the April 18 attack.

Haniya said the bombing “shows that Hamas and the sons of Hamas are committed to resistance and determined to pursue the intifada (uprising)”.

Read more: Al-Arabiya

Islamic State may exult in online portrayals of jihadis sweeping victoriously across Iraqi battlefields, but a camera recovered from the helmet of a dead fighter offers a contrasting picture of chaos and panic in a battle with Kurdish peshmerga.

Read more: Reuters

A court in Bahrain has sentenced eight people to life in prison on various terrorism-related charges connected to protests by the country's majority Shiites demanding greater rights from the tiny-island nation's Sunni-led monarchy.

The official Bahrain News Agency says the Fourth High Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced three to life in prison for causing an explosion that wounded a policeman and detonating explosives that damaged two police vehicles in January 2015.

The same court on Wednesday sentenced five people to life in prison for smuggling and possessing explosives for terrorism purposes. The case dates back to March 2015 when the suspects' explosives were found aboard tourist bus coming from Iraq.

A prosecutor quoted in the Bahrain News Agency said the five have the right to an appeal.

Source: ABC News

British police on Thursday charged two men and a woman from Birmingham with terrorism-related offenses in a probe that began after the deadly extremist attacks on Paris and Brussels.

West Midlands Police said the three have been charged with a variety of offenses under Britain's terrorism laws.

Police said Soumaya Boufassil, 29, and Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 26, were charged with intending to commit "acts of terrorism" or helping someone else to do so by raising money. Police said this happened between January 1, 2015 and April 8, 2016.

Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, 26, were charged with entering into a deal in which money was made available to another person when they had reason to suspect it would be used for terrorism. Police said this happened on or before July 7, 2015.
Read more: ABC News