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Date: Jun 19, 2019

Two British teenagers who reportedly posted an image of Prince Harry and accused him of being a “race traitor” last year were convicted Tuesday of promoting terrorism and neo-Nazi propaganda online, according to news reports.

The outcome of the trial comes after the United Kingdom strengthened its laws to prosecute terrorism activity online, and the judge called the picture “abhorrent” and “criminal.”

Authorities said Michael Szewczuk, 19, and Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, used pseudonyms for personal accounts on Gab, a social media site primarily used by far-right activists. They also shared control of the official page for the Sonnenkrieg Division, a British neo-Nazi organization, where they frequently created and shared racist and violent propaganda online. On the site, the two teens posted an image of Prince Harry with a gun to his head and the caption “See Ya Later Race Traitor” months after his marriage to Meghan Markle in May 2018, according to U.K. news reports.

Read more: Washington Post

United Nations counter terrorism chief Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov has come under heavy criticism from the United States and human rights groups over his recent trip to China's repressive Xinjiang region.

Voronkov finished a three-day trip to the region on June 15, and issued a statement in which he said he met with local officials in Urumqi and "briefed on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy."

There was no mention in Voronkov's press release of the estimated two million Muslim majority Uyghur who, according to the US State Department, have been held in mass detention centers in the far western region.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised the issue of Xinjiang with President Xi Jinping during a trip to China in April though the details of their conversation weren't made public.

Read more: CNN

Federal prosecutors say that an Illinois man accused of firebombing a suburban Twin Cities mosque tried to escape from custody while being transported to Minnesota.

Michael Hari, 48, of Clarence, Ill., is facing hate crime and explosives charges in connection with the Aug. 5, 2017, attack on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.

Prosecutors say Hari tried to flee while U.S. marshals were transporting him from Illinois.

In a court filing Monday, Hari's public defenders asked a judge for a delay in court proceedings. They said Hari had been unable to review the government's evidence against him because Anoka County jail staff had put him in administrative segregation.

Read more: Minnesota Public Radio

The photos show a gray teddy bear, arms outstretched sitting in a basket in the middle of a road directly on top of the double yellow lines.

The FBI says the bear, left on a road in rural Anderson County, South Carolina, concealed a bomb. It was one of a series of bombs and hoax bombs found in January and February 2018.

“This was deliberately placed where a child or passerby could have found it. Fortunately, someone saw it and knew to call us,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Derrickson said in a press release on June 17.

Read more: Miami Herald

Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes attacked two villages in central Mali, killing at least 41 people in a part of the country where ethnic reprisal attacks have surged in recent months, a local mayor told FRANCE 24's correspondent in Bamako.

The attacks on Monday evening on the villages of Yoro and Gangafani compound a dire security situation in central Mali, where ethnic militias have stepped up attacks on civilians from rival groups and Islamist militants are also active.

The victims of Monday's raids were mostly ethnic Dogons, said Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro, where 24 people were killed. Another 17 died in Gangafani, the mayor told FRANCE 24's Christelle Pire.

An unnamed military source quoted by AFP gave a lower toll of at least 20 killes.

Read more: France 24