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Texas will receive an extra $61.2 million in funding to prevent terrorism, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.

The money has been released to strengthen the state’s ability to protect against, respond to and recover from terrorism and other catastrophic events, according to Abbott’s office.

From the total funds, $24.3 million will be spent on equipment and training for response teams including SWAT, HAZMAT and emergency service teams that serve communities.

Another $13.4 million will go towards statewide planning efforts, $8.3 million will be spent on enhancing operational communications capabilities, while state and regional fusion centers will receive $3.2 million.

Read more: KXAN

Pakistan is trying to avoid getting blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog, when it meets Wednesday in Paris.

A report earlier this month by the task force's Asia Pacific Group, which monitors Pakistan's progress, is not encouraging.

The report says Pakistan has fully implemented only one item from a list of 40 measures that the country should be taking to curb terrorist financing and money laundering. The other 39 measures were either partially implemented or in some cases overlooked entirely.

Read more: Minneapolis Star Tribune

mericans are equally worried about mass shootings and terrorism, a new Gallup poll has revealed.

The survey found that overall, 46 percent of U.S. adults are "very" or "somewhat" worried about becoming a victim of terrorism and 45 percent are similarly concerned about a mass shooting.

Around one in five (22 percent) Americans are "not worried at all" about they or a family member becoming a victim of terrorism while more than a quarter (27 percent) are similarly unconcerned about mass shootings.

The questions were asked of separate randomly selected halves of the sample between September 16 and 30, with each question having around 1,200 respondents.

These two questions have never been asked in the same survey, according to Gallup.

Read more: Newsweek

Saudi Arabia is working to remove Sudan from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism, a Saudi foreign ministry tweet said on Sunday.

The tweet followed a meeting in Riyadh between King Salman and the head of Sudan’s transitional sovereign council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and prime minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to 1993, over allegations that former President Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting terrorism. A transitional government was installed in August following months of protests that led to the military ousting Bashir.

Read more: Reuters

The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis.

The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in September and warned the sanctions will increase to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income. The push is further adding to Lebanon's severe financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese officials warning the country's economy and banking sector can’t take the pressure.

"We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program," Sigal P. Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Read more: Yahoo News