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Christopher Cornell, 22, pleaded guilty in August to attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees, offering material support to a terrorist organization and a firearms charge. A fourth charge, solicitation to commit a crime of violence, was dropped.

Cornell appeared in federal court on Monday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for plotting, planning and attempting an attack on government officials during the State of the Union Address in 2015 in the name of ISIL.

After Senior U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith handed down the sentence, Cornell spoke out in court saying, "Don't trust the court system; it's rigged."  Federal security led him quickly from the courtroom.  Cornell added either "The law is in charge" or "Allah is in charge, not this judge."

Read more: WLWT (Cincinnati)

The State Department on Monday warned Americans traveling to Europe of an increased risk of terrorist attacks, particularly over the holiday season.  "Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL the U.S. gov't acronym for ISIS or Da'esh), al-Qaeda, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events," the travel advisory read.

The State Department urged travelers to avoid large crowds and exercise caution at tourist sites, festivals, large holiday events and outdoor markets. The agency also warned that these attacks can come with little or no warning.  Terrorists have already carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany, and Turkey this year but the advisory warns of the potential for attacks throughout the continent.

Read more: NBC News

A federal judge has sentenced a Minnesota man who was part of a conspiracy to join the Islamic State group in Syria to 10 years in prison.

Zacharia Abdurahman (ab-dur-ah-mahn) drew the harshest sentence of the three defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis on Monday. While Abdurahman pleaded guilty, he did not cooperate with the government against the other members of what Davis called a "terrorist cell."

Read more: AP

An international research chair on radicalization of young people will be created in Quebec.  International Relations Minister Christine St-Pierre announced the new research chair Monday morning at an international conference on the radicalization of young people in Quebec City.  The new chair will have the backing of UNESCO and will bring together experts from the University of Sherbrooke and the University of Quebec in Montreal.

A conference is taking place until Tuesday with an aim to discuss strategies to prevent and act upon radicalization in young people.  The summit, called 'Internet and radicalization of youth: prevention, action and living together' was organized by the Quebec government and UNESCO.

Read more: CTV News (Montreal)

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.

Read more: Fox News