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Date: Aug 3, 2018

Fears of violent protest are rising ahead of this weekend’s rally in Portland, Oregon, by the conservative group Patriot Prayer.

Almost a year on from the death of the activist Heather Heyer, as she protested a gathering of white nationalists in Virginia, some groups are warning the protest on Saturday risks turning into “another Charlottesville”.

And as a Trump-era wave of rightwing street protest continues, it is not clear that American cities, or police forces, are willing or able to prevent the violence that accompanies them, some experts and activists say.

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A federal judge has vacated the convictions of a Virginia man serving life in prison on terrorism-related charges and ordered him released from custody.

Wednesday’s ruling comes after Masoud Khan argued that the definition of “crime of violence” used to convict him in 2004 was unconstitutionally vague in light of two Supreme Court rulings, one in 2015 and one in April.

Khan is one of four men accused of participating in a “Virginia jihad network” that used paintball games in woods near Fredericksburg as a means of training for holy war. Several group members traveled to Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks with the goal of joining the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding another 81, officials said.

Abdullah Asrat, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, said the heavily armed attackers, disguised in the all-encompassing burkas worn by conservative Afghan women, opened fire on private security guards outside the mosque in the city of Gardez. Then they slipped inside and set off their explosives among around 100 worshippers.

Five of the seriously wounded were small children, he said.

Read more: ABC News