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Date: Aug 23, 2019

Early in the morning of Aug. 24, 1970, four anti-Vietnam War radicals — Karleton Armstrong, his brother Dwight Armstrong, David Fine and Leo Burt — used a van filled with almost a ton of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil to bomb UW-Madison's Sterling Hall, killing researcher Robert Fassnacht and injuring three others.

The target of the blast was the Army Mathematics Research Center, which only suffered minor damage in the bombing, while the most damage was to the university's physics department, where Fassnacht was working.

The blast was so powerful that it was heard in Belleville, 30 miles from the heart of campus. Pieces of the stolen 1967 Ford Deluxe Club Wagon that had held the bomb were found on top of an eight-story building three blocks away. It was considered the worst act of domestic terrorism until the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995. The UW-Madison campus was a center of anti-war protests in the 1960s and 1970s.

Read more: Wisconsin State Journal

An Israeli teenager was killed Friday in a bombing at a natural spring near a central West Bank settlement, an attack that raises already high tensions between Israelis and Palestinians ahead of Israeli elections next month.

Rina Shnerb, 17, died after sustaining injuries and brother Dvir, 20, and father Eitan, 46, were seriously injured by what the Israeli military described as an explosive device. It was unclear if the device was planted or thrown near the site of the explosion, a popular hiking spot near the Israeli...

Read more: Wall Street Journal

It’s become an almost inevitable problem on the internet: If you build it, they will troll.

That is, if a company builds a successful gaming or social media platform, trolls, extremists and other users spouting noxious speech will find a way to those online locations.

This week, a Twitter user by the name of @lululemew started to find neo-Nazi references on Roblox, a popular online game that has more than 100 million active users worldwide and is popular with children. While such disturbing user names, profiles and content in Roblox aren’t new, they got renewed attention from this woman’s tweets.

Read more: NBC News

In June, Canada added neo-Nazi group Blood & Honour and its armed wing Combat 18 (C18) to the federal list of outlawed terrorist organizations, the first time right-wing extremist groups were included on the list that now includes 60 groups.

The addition of these groups was praised by many extremism experts and anti-racist advocates as a positive — and overdue — step in tackling the rise of the far right.

While it is not a crime to be on the list, the designation allows law enforcement to go after the finances and assets of the groups. It also becomes an offence to support them financially and prohibits anyone from knowingly participating in or contributing to the activities of listed groups.

Read more: Global News