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Date: Nov 7, 2018

An Illinois trial of three men also suspected of bombing the Dar al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington in August 2017 has been delayed until early February, court records show.

Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris were indicted by a federal grand jury in Illinois in April in connection to several incidents.

A fourth defendant in that case, Ellis Mack, entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence and unlawful possession of a machine gun in September.

Sentencing for Mack is scheduled for Jan. 9.

Read more: KSTP

French security agents have arrested six people on preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French judicial official.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including one suspect in the Alps, another in Brittany and four suspects near the Belgian border in Moselle. He said the plan to target the French president appeared to be vague and unfinalized but violent.

Authorities said the six were between 22 and 62 years old and included one woman.  It is not known if they were suspected of working together.

Read more: CBS News

A Syrian man accused of making a key component in improvised explosive devices used in attacks against U.S. soldiers during the Iraq War is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday on federal conspiracy charges.

Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah is accused of making circuit boards used to remotely detonate roadside bombs for the 1920 Revolution Brigades. Prosecutors have said the group claimed responsibility for 230 attacks against American soldiers in Iraq from 2005 to 2010.

He faces up to life in prison on each of his four convictions.

Read more: AP

Over 200 mass graves holding as many as 12,000 bodies have been found in areas of Iraq once controlled by the Islamic State, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The findings were highlighted in a joint report released by the United Nations mission to Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which called the sites a “legacy of terror.”

Most are in the four provinces of northern and western Iraq where the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate acted as the government: Anbar, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Nineveh, which includes Mosul, the largest city once controlled by the extremists. They range from small burial sites with eight bodies, to massive pits believed to hold thousands. The biggest is believed to be the Khasfa Sinkhole near Mosul.

Read more: New York Times

Russia says it thwarted attempted drone attacks at this year's World Cup.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service, says his officers "took measures to detect and foil attempts by terrorists to use drones during the preparation and hosting of various major political and sports events, most of all during the soccer World Cup."

Bortnikov gave no further details in comments reported by the Tass state news agency.

Russia used thousands of police and cutting-edge surveillance technology to guard the World Cup. However, four Pussy Riot protesters managed to run onto the field during the final.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)