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For days, as migrants have traveled thousands of miles toward the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump has warned of the dangerous people who make up their pack.

He’s tweeted that “[c]riminals and unknown Middle Easterners” are “mixed” in with the caravan, and, on Monday afternoon, doubled down on his claims, telling reporters on the South Lawn of the White House to “go into the middle” of the caravan and “search. You’re gonna find MS-13. You’re gonna find Middle Eastern.”

While the President insinuates terrorists have infiltrated the group that CNN crews have observed to include mostly mothers and their children, a senior counterterrorism official has also refuted the President’s claim.

Read more: KTVQ

Southeast Asian countries agreed on Friday to guidelines to manage unexpected encounters between their military aircraft, with host Singapore calling the pact a world first and saying they would encourage their international partners to join.

The agreement, signed by defense ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a conference in Singapore, includes a region-wide pact on the exchange of information on terrorism threats.

The voluntary, non-binding guidelines on air encounters build on an existing code to manage sea encounters adopted last year by ASEAN and its "plus" partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

Read more: MSN/Reuters

A global financial watchdog Force has given Iran until February to crack down on terrorism funding or risk deeper economic isolation.

The Financial Action Task Force said Friday it would effectively blacklist Iran if it doesn't fulfill 10 promises made to pass and enforce laws against financing terrorist groups.

Iran has long-provided support to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group and Palestinian armed groups, which Western countries view as terrorist organizations.

Worried about renewed U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program, Iran's parliament voted this month to join a global convention against terror financing, but the bill hasn't been ratified yet.

Read more: New York Times

Human rights activists say China’s arbitrary detention of up to a million Muslim members of ethnic minorities is grotesque. A U.S. government commission says the reeducation centers in the western Xinjiang region may constitute a crime against humanity.

But in the most extensive government comments to date, a senior Chinese official makes them sound something like summer camps, with dancing, singing, writing and sports competitions to go along with free job training, food and movies.

Their aim, acknowledged Xinjiang government chairman Shohrat Zakir in an interview published Tuesday with a state-owned news agency, is to “better guard against the infiltration of terrorism and extremism.”

Read more: Los Angeles Times

A cyberattack targeting critical infrastructure could disrupt the Nov. 6 midterm elections by suppressing voter turnout, security experts say.

The US economy includes interlocking "essential services" like the power grid, dams, water treatment facilities and telecommunication networks. Cybersecurity experts warn that if a cyberattack hits one of these sectors on or before Election Day, voters in key swing districts might have a hard time accessing essential voting information or getting to the polls.

Systems maintained by cities, states and the federal government are vulnerable because the infrastructure is old and often runs out-of-date software and because vulnerabilities are widely distributed on the dark web, said Theresa Payton, CEO of cybersecurity company Fortalice Solutions and former White House chief information officer.

Read more: CNET