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Date: Nov 8, 2018

A woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller and attacked abortion clinics in several states in the 1990s has been released from prison in Oregon, prompting concern in clinics across the country, according to a published report Wednesday.

Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon was released from a halfway house in Portland, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed. She will be on supervised release for three years but the bureau said conditions of her release will not be revealed.

Shannon spent 25 years in custody and had been living at the halfway house since May, The Kansas City Star reported.

Read more: The Oregonian

Sudan said on Thursday it had reached agreement with the United States on a second phase of talks aimed at removing it from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Washington lifted 20-year-old trade sanctions on Sudan a year ago, but economists say foreign investors and banks are put off by the continued U.S. designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria.

“Sudan welcomes the launch of the second phase of strategic talks between the two parties ... especially after the success of the first round of talks which led to the lifting of economic sanctions,” Sudan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Read more: Reuters

Jury selection will continue in the terrorism trial for the man accused of stabbing a Bishop Airport police officer.

Amor Ftouhi wore a blue polo shirt, khakis and was unshackled while he sat alongside his attorney and his interpreter on Tuesday, Nov. 6 during jury selection in Flint U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman's court.

There were 18 jurors excused on Tuesday.

Ftouhi often rested his face in his palm while listening as attorneys questioned potential jurors.

The pool of potential jurors was excused just before 2 p.m. in order to allow them to go vote, but must come back Wednesday morning as jury selection continues.

Read more: MLive

Despite President Trump’s repeated claims that the Islamic State has been defeated, the militant group remains a deadly threat to minority populations in Syria, causing concern among U.S. lawmakers that recent atrocities are being overlooked.

In July, the Islamic State killed more than 200 people and took 31 hostages in a rampage on Sweida, a city in southwestern Syria inhabited by members of the Druze religious minority. The attack was one of the single-biggest massacres of the Syrian civil war and a reminder of the threat posed by the Islamic State despite its loss of territory.

Last week, a group of Democratic lawmakers urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton to condemn the attack and keep Washington’s focus on ISIS, rather than expanding its mission to curbing Iran’s presence in the country.

Read more: Washington Post

A Sierra Viista man has been arrested on terrorism charges after he reportedly made threats on social media Tuesday.

According to Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Kurtis Lemaster was taken into custody at his residence on North Fifth Street in Sierra Vista. CCSO said the deputies received information that Lemaster was allegedly creating threatening social media posts from the FBI and the Arizona Fusion Center.

Authorities say the 27-year-old has a history of threats. Police said Lemaster allegedly threatened a school shooting in Sierra Vista, and threatened two separate individuals and their families when he lived in Michigan.

Read more: KVOA