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Date: Aug 29, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security has forked out $5 million dollars to help Southern Nevada prepare for and prevent acts of terrorism.

The grant is part of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) program which helps to provide funding for high-threat, high-density urban areas.

"Prevention is always key," said Carolyn Levering, emergency management administrator for the City of Las Vegas.

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A soldier based in Hawaii who is accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and fixating on videos of beheadings and suicide bombings planned to plead guilty Wednesday to attempting to support the terrorist group.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang is set to plead guilty as charged in an indictment last year, defense attorney Birney Bervar said. He is agreeing to a 25-year sentence for charges that could have put him in prison for life.

Kang met with undercover agents he believed were part of the Islamic State group, prosecutors said. He is accused of providing them with classified military information, a drone, military equipment and training in combat fighting.

When Kang met with the undercover agents he thought were from the Islamic State group at a home in Honolulu, he pledged allegiance to the group and kissed an Islamic State flag, according to court documents.

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The Telegram encrypted messenger app said Tuesday said it would cooperate with investigators in terror probes when ordered by courts, except in Russia where it is locked in an ongoing battle with authorities. The company founded by Russian Pavel Durov has refused to provide authorities in the country with a way to read its communications and was banned by a Moscow court in April as a result.

But in its updated privacy settings, Telegram said it would disclose its users' data to "the relevant authorities" elsewhere if it receives a court order to do so, although not in Russia.

"If Telegram receives a court order that confirms you're a terror suspect, we may disclose your IP address and phone number to the relevant authorities," Telegram's new privacy settings said.


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"So far, this has never happened. When it does, we will include it in a semiannual transparency report," the app added.

Durov said the new privacy terms were adopted to "comply with new European laws on protecting private data."

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But Durov assured his Russian users that Telegram would continue to withhold their data from security services.

Five Kenyan soldiers have been killed in the coastal county of Lamu after the vehicle they were travelling in hit an improvised explosive device (IED), the army has said.

It said in a statement that the five were part of a group of 10 soldiers on a humanitarian assignment to distribute water along the Kiunga-Sankuri road.

Similar attacks are not uncommon in this part of Kenya as an active cell affiliated to the Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabab operates there.

Al-Shabab fighters have carried out several attacks in Kenya in retaliation for Kenya's military actions in Somalia where it is part of the African Union force fighting the militant group.


Source:  BBC News

At least eight people were killed and 12 wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack on a security checkpoint in western Iraq, the local mayor said on Wednesday.

The attacker drove a car rigged with explosives into the checkpoint in Qaim district, which was jointly manned by the army and Shi’ite militias, Mayor Ahmed al-Mehlawy told Reuters.

Five militiamen and three civilians were killed, Mehlawy said. Some of the wounded were in a critical condition, he said. The Iraqi military put the initial death toll at seven.

“Security forces in the Qaim district noticed a suspect Kia vehicle and shot at it after it turned out to be rigged and driven by a suicidal terrorist, which led to its explosion and the death of seven people, including four from the security forces and three civilians,” the military said in a statement.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and said it killed 28 people, contradicting the official death tolls.


Read more:  Reuters