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Date: Aug 1, 2018

A  British ex-soldier accused of attending terrorist training camps run by militia fighting against Islamic State has had terrorism charges against him dropped.

James Matthews, who had joined Kurdish forces targeting extremists, was charged after returning to Britain to attend the funeral of Jac Holmes, a fellow British volunteer fighting with the Kurds who was killed in Raqqa in late 2017.

In the first case of its kind, he was charged with receiving instruction or training in Iraq and Syria on or before February 15 2016 "for purposes connected to the commission of preparation of terrorism".

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

Armed men on motorcycles arrived at a billiard hall in the village of El Tarra in Norte de Santander province and opened fire on those inside.

The region on the border with Venezuela has been hit by a feud between rival left-wing rebel groups but right-wing paramilitary groups are also active in the area.

Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the fighting.

Monday's incident happened in Catatumbo, an area with minimal police and army presence where groups are vying for control of key drug routes to Venezuela.

Read more: BBC News

The Justice Department is investigating claims that major drug and medical device companies doing business in Iraq knew that the free medicines and supplies they gave the government to win business there would be used to underwrite terrorist attacks on American troops.

In a regulatory filing last week, AstraZeneca, a drugmaker based in Britain, disclosed that it had “received an inquiry from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with an anti-corruption investigation relating to activities in Iraq.”

The filing said the inquiry was related to a lawsuit filed last year in federal court that accused five companies of winning contracts to sell their products to the Iraqi Ministry of Health with the understanding that they also provide additional medical supplies and medicines for free. The five companies are General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Roche Holding A.G. and AstraZeneca.

Read more: New York Times

A roadside bombing hit a passenger bus in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, as militants launched a coordinated attack on a city in the country's east where initial reports said four people were killed, according to officials.

The morning attack in western Farah province took place in the Bala Buluk district and also wounded 31 people, all civilians, according to Abdul Jabar Shahiq, the provincial health department chief.

The bus was on its way from Herat province toward the capital, Kabul, when it hit the roadside bomb, Shahiq said, adding that women and children were among the casualties.

Read more: Fox News

A German court Tuesday acquitted an alleged neo-Nazi accused of conducting a bombing in 2000 that targeted Jewish immigrants, according to local reports.

Ralf Spies, 52, was cleared of 12 counts of attempted murder for the attack at a Düsseldorf train station 18 years ago. The pipe bomb injured 10 people, six of whom were Jews from the former Soviet Union.

One of those wounded was a 26-year-old pregnant woman, who lost her baby and had her foot ripped off in the attack. Her 28-year-old husband was in critical condition for multiple days after the bombing.

Read more: Newsweek