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The Indonesian Parliament has passed controversial new anti-terrorism laws, handing the military direct involvement in counter-terrorism operations approved by the President.

The legislation creates a number of new offences, including engaging in military training with intent to commit terrorism.

The laws also hand police powers to detain suspects for 21 days without charge.

After being charged, suspects could be held for another 200 days to give police time to gather evidence before handing the case to prosecutors.

Indonesian security forces did not want the inclusion of "political motives" or "ideological motives" in the definition of terrorism under the act, claiming it would be too restrictive.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

With consensus on sensitive issues such as Iran, Syria or the Palestinians appearing elusive, G20 foreign ministers will focus on the fight against terrorism and climate change when they meet Monday in Buenos Aires, France said.

The talks will seek to strengthen cooperation "on the big issues on the international agenda, in particular the fight against terrorism and the fight against climate change," the French foreign ministry said Sunday.

At the initiative of Argentina and the United States, a statement will be issued on Sunday's election in crisis-hit Venezuela, in which President Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second term but which has been boycotted by the opposition.

While Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be on the agenda, ministers are not expecting to reach consensus.

Read more: Yahoo News (AFP)

South Carolina lawmakers are closer to passing anti-terrorism legislation that would allow local law enforcement to investigate and punish acts of terrorism, but there are only 3 days left in session and lawmakers have a full agenda.

Members of a Senate committee delayed voting Tuesday on a bill that would create a felony offense for terrorism, intent to commit terrorism and aiding a terrorist group through financial or material support. A terrorism charge would carry a 30-year sentence, and no more than 20-years for aiding terrorist group.

Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson of Charleston offered an amendment that would allow victims of terrorism and their families to seek civil action for damages in court.

Senators abruptly ended their discussion to get to the full Senate meeting and will reconvene later.

Read more: US News & World Report

A New Jersey man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to traveling to Jordan to join Islamic State and plotting attacks on behalf of militant groups, federal prosecutors announced.

Nader Saadeh, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton in New Jersey, according to the Department of Justice. He will be subject to lifetime supervision by federal authorities after his release.

A lawyer for Saadeh could not immediately be reached for comment.

Saadeh was arrested in 2015, one of five young men charged with taking part in a conspiracy to support Islamic State. The others include his older brother, Alaa Saadeh, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to support Islamic State and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in May 2016, according to prosecutors.

Read more: U.S. News & World Report

China's defense minister said Tuesday that fighting the threat of terrorism is a top concern to be discussed by a Beijing-led group of Central Asian states at a meeting this week that highlights Chinese ambitions to dominate the Asian security agenda.

Wei Fenghe told fellow defense officials from the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing that the group stood as a force for peace.

Foreign ministers from the group were also meeting in Beijing on Tuesday and a heads of state summit is planned for June in the Chinese port of Qingdao.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also plans to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an informal summit Friday and Saturday in the central city of Wuhan. Their two nations are rivals for Asian leadership and share a disputed and often tense Himalayan border.

Read more: ABC News