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Date: Aug 23, 2018

Flare-ups earlier this month between the Israeli army and Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip seemed likely to escalate into an expanded war were it not for the Egypt-brokered cease-fire in place. Instead, Hamas and Israel are close to reaching a genuine truce that could last for years, a high-ranking Hamas source told Al-Monitor.

A real truce, however, will require the PLO's blessing and the participation of various factions besides Hamas.

An Aug. 7-9 flare-up was ignited when the Israeli army killed two Hamas militants in the northern Gaza Strip. The next day, 16 Israeli settlers were wounded by shrapnel from rockets Hamas fired at settlements alongside the Gaza Strip. On Aug. 9, Israel retaliated with airstrikes that killed a girl and her mother who was nine months pregnant.

Yet a Hamas leadership delegation arrived Aug. 11 in Cairo to negotiate a truce with Israel.

Read more: Al-Monitor

A Beaumont man pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.

According to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office, Mark Avery Rudd entered the guilty plea before Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on Tuesday.

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 8, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Rudd's residence in the 4800 block of Belmont Street in Beaumont, Texas. Inside the residence, investigators located a cooler in a hall closet containing two suspected destructive devices. One was a 2-liter bottle filled with an unknown viscous liquid with wires extending from the top of the bottle. One of the wires connected to an unknown device inside the liquid.

Read more: 12 News (KJAC)

Elite counter-terrorism special forces and infrared missiles will protect next month's Ryder Cup after security services insisted on a so-called "ring of steel" around the event.

Officers armed with rifles will be a common sight in the crowds as part of a multi-million police operation which could spiral in cost if presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump decide to attend.

Le Golf National near Paris is expected to see the tightest checks since the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001. Then, the Ryder Cup at The Belfry was postponed for a year amid security fears. France remains on a high state of alert following almost four years of regular terrorist outrages, which prompted concern from former European captain Tony Jacklin that the Americans might boycott.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)

A man with severe psychiatric problems killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday in a suburb of Paris.

Police shot and killed the man soon afterward. Islamic State, which has a history of opportunistic claims, swiftly claimed responsibility.

French prosecutors are not treating the attack as a terrorism case, said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb. He noted the attacker suffered from serious mental health issues although he had also been flagged for glorifying terrorism.

Read more: Time