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A Tucson man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a motor vehicle office in metro Phoenix has agreed to a plea deal and is facing at least seven years in an Arizona prison, authorities said Monday.  Mahin Khan pleaded guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons, Maricopa County Superior Court officials said.  Khan, 18, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 4.

Under a plea deal with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Khan reportedly will serve a prison term of no less than five years and no more than 10 years and three months on the conspiracy to commit terrorism charge.

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Russia is pressing for a new U.N. resolution that would prohibit and counter "terrorist propaganda" used by extremist groups to recruit young people around the world.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told a news conference late Monday that he discussed the draft resolution earlier with members of the U.N. Security Council.

"We believe that resolute action by the Security Council is needed to stop the worldwide spread of propaganda of terrorism and its distorted narratives," he said. "Those who incite to (commit) terrorism have to be sanctioned, like other supporters of terrorism."

Read more: ABC News

Life changed as Sadiik Yusuf knew it about two years ago, when the FBI appeared at his front door in Minneapolis to tell him his son Abdullahi had been stopped at the airport, suspected of trying to board a flight that would take him to Syria to fight with ISIS.

"My job has always been to drop Abdullahi off at school and to pick him up," Sidiik told a group of community leaders last week during a meeting at the U.S. Attorney's Office. "But that day, around noon there was a knock on the door. It was the FBI and I was asked if I was Abdullahi's father and the FBI agents held out a picture."

That's how it all began for Sadiik Yusuf and his family: with a knock, a photograph, and the sudden realization that their son, now 20, was being lured to Syria by a shadowy group few at the time realized was targeting young Muslims in Minneapolis.

Read more: NPR

A Southern California man convicted of trying to become a fighter for the Islamic State terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 30 years prison.  U.S. District Judge David O. Carter gave the sentence Monday to 25-year-old Nader Elhuzayel of Anaheim.

Carter noted that Elhuzayel has shown no regret for his actions and that his repeated mention of martyrdom in the past makes him "especially dangerous."  "There's no remorse, no repudiation of ISIL, only death and destruction," Carter said.

In June a jury convicted Elhuzayel and co-defendant Muhanad Badawi of conspiracy to aid a foreign terrorist organization after a two-week trial.  Badawi, whose hunger strike and court-ordered force feeding became a side story in the run-up to trial, will be sentenced in October and could get up to 35 years in prison.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington is prepared to review whether the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, should remain on its designated terrorist organization list after a peace accord with the Colombian government is implemented.  Kerry says "we clearly are ready to review and make judgments as the facts come in."

He says in Cartagena, Colombia, that the U.S. will be watching whether FARC rebels reintegrate into society, disarm and embrace the terms of reconciliation before making a decision.  Kerry adds that "we don't want to leave people on the list if they don't belong."

The U.S. put the FARC on its terror list in 1997. The peace accord was to be signed later Monday

Read more: New York Times