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Date: Nov 27, 2018

James Alex Fields Jr., the Ohio man accused of killing Heather Heyer during last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, plans to argue he was acting in self-defense when he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Fields faces 10 state charges, among them first-degree murder and malicious wounding, after authorities said he plowed his car into a crowd of people protesting a Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12, 2017. Dozens of people were injured. Heyer, 32, a legal assistant, was killed.

As jury selection in the trial got underway Monday, Fields’ attorney John Hill told a group of prospective jurors evidence will show that Fields “thought he was acting in self-defense.”

Fields, 21, has also been charged with 30 federal counts of hate crimes, which could result in the death penalty. That trial has not been scheduled. He has pleaded not guilty.

Read more: USA Today

Three American soldiers were killed on Tuesday in an explosion in Afghanistan, the United States military said. It was the worst loss of life in the country for the United States this year. Three other soldiers and an American contractor were wounded.

The deaths took place near Ghazni City, in the southeastern province of the same name, from the detonation of a roadside bomb, the military said in a statement.

The events came only three days after another American soldier was killed in the southeastern province of Nimroz during a fight with militants linked to Al Qaeda, the military said in a statement. The military also said that the soldier, Sgt. Leandro A. S. Jasso, a 25-year-old Army Ranger from Washington State, was shot accidentally by a soldier from an Afghan “partner force,” adding, “There were no indications he was shot intentionally.”

Read more: New York Times

Guilty, but no admission of guilt, was the unusual plea deal made by a west suburban man in a major terrorism case that has stretched on for six years.

Against the government's wishes, 25-year-old Adel Daoud, of Hillside, was permitted by a federal judge in Chicago to enter what is known as an "Alford plea," in which a defendant pleads guilty while maintaining they are actually innocent.

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman accepted the novel -- and rarely allowed -- kind of guilty plea from Daoud, who was a teenager when arrested by the FBI in the middle of a bombing sting.

Read more: ABC 7 Chicago

As Mumbai on Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the attacks that killed 166 in India's financial capital, the United States offered a new reward for information about the 2008 siege.

The Pakistani gunmen who waged the attack were killed or captured.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said those who planned the attack had not been convicted.

He called on Pakistan to implement sanctions against those responsible and said the US was offering a new $US5 million ($6.88 million) reward and was committed to seeing those responsible face justice.

In Mumbai, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, laid a wreath at the Police Memorial which was constructed to honour the policemen who were killed in the attack.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

Nigeria's army has acknowledged for the first time that soldiers were killed in a militant attack last Sunday on a base in Borno state, in the north-east.

It had been reported that at least 40 soldiers died when an Islamist militant group targeted the base in Metele.

The army disputes that death toll but has not given its own figure.

With just three months to go to presidential elections, the authorities are keen to show they have the security situation under control.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is running for a second term, came to power in 2015 after promising to defeat Boko Haram militants.

Read more: BBC News