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Date: Nov 5, 2018

At least 15 people have died in Nigeria's northeast in a spate of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants, according to residents and local officials.

The militants, who rode in four vehicles, unleashed mayhem on four villages in the outskirts of Maiduguri, in Borno State, burning houses and shooting at people late Wednesday.
"We just buried 10 people. Most of them were burnt to death, Boko Haram burnt a lot of houses with people in them," said Alsheikh Mohammed, a local council official told CNN in Mallumuti, one of the affected villages.

Read more: CNN

Scott Beierle, the man who killed two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, before apparently killing himself, appeared to have posted dozens of misogynistic and racist videos and songs to YouTube and SoundCloud before the attack.

Tallahassee police identified Beierle, 40, as the shooter who killed Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, and injured several other people inside Hot Yoga before turning the gun on himself on Friday.

An account that appears to be Beierle's posted several grainy, dimly lighted videos four years ago, which show Beierle discussing his misogyny, as well as his racist beliefs, including that interracial couples stem from mental illness and that women who are promiscuous should be crucified.

Read more: NBC News

The case of a former Elkhart woman accused of providing funds and supplies to Islamic State fighters is going to involve classified information, which attorneys and a judge will have to sort through.

“This is a totally new thing for me,” Judge Philip Simon said.

Samantha Marie Elhassani, also known as Samantha Sally, appeared Thursday in Hammond’s federal court for a status conference. Elhassani, wearing a red jail uniform, was released from chains before she joined her attorneys.

Elhassani, 32, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, and aiding and abetting individuals in providing material support to the Islamic State group.

Read more: Chicago Tribune

Islamist gunmen killed at least seven Coptic Christian pilgrims in Egypt on Friday and wounded at least 16 in an attack later claimed by the Islamic State.

The attack — an ambush on two buses — ended a nearly yearlong lull in major attacks on Copts in Egypt, and may signal a resumption of the Islamic State’s campaign to sow sectarian divisions in Egyptian society.

It was also a setback for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has put security concerns at the heart of his autocratic style of rule and has repeatedly vowed to protect Christians, a minority in the country, from attack.

The shooting occurred as two buses carrying pilgrims left the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, 85 miles south of Cairo, in Egypt’s Western Desert.

Read more: New York Times

The man accused of sending more than a dozen possible pipe bombs to Democrats and critics of the president across the country will remain in custody while he is transferred to New York.

Cesar Sayoc — handcuffed in a brown jail jumpsuit, his hair pulled back into a ponytail — said only “Yes, sir” and “Thank you, sir” during a minutes-long hearing in federal court here Friday. He appeared to be nervous and uncertain, glancing several times at his attorneys sitting a few seats away from him.

The appearance came just a few hours before the FBI confirmed it had recovered in California another suspicious package addressed to major Democratic donor Tom Steyer. If tied to Sayoc, it would mark the 16th that authorities believe he sent.

Read more: Washington Post