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German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a life sentence for the surviving female member of a neo-Nazi trio accused of a string of racist murders that targeted mainly Turkish immigrants.  Beate Zschäpe, 42, is co-accused in the 10 killings carried out by the other two members of the self-styled National Socialist Underground (NSU), Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt, between 2000 and 2007.

Zschäpe for years lived in hiding with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, who shot dead eight men of Turkish origin, a Greek migrant and a German policewoman before the two died in an apparent suicide pact after a botched bank robbery in 2011.

After the men's deaths, Germany was shocked to discover that the nationwide killings - long blamed by police and media on migrant crime gangs and dubbed the "döner (kebab) murders" - were in fact committed by a far-right cell with xenophobic motives.

Prosecutor Herbert Diemer told the Munich court on Tuesday that Zschäpe shared the "fanatical" world view of the two men and their aim to spread fear and terror among immigrants with random murders.

Read more: The Local

A 32-year-old Maryland man has pleaded guilty to supporting the terrorist group ISIS.

Mohamed Elshinawy of Edgewood pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS terrorism financing, and making false statements in connection with a terrorism matter.

“He pledged his support to ISIS and the caliphate, promised to be a martyr for the cause,” said acting assistant attorney for the district of Maryland Stephen Schenning.

From February 2015 to December 2015, Elshinawy reportedly provided support to ISIS by pledging his allegiance, as well as receiving $8,700 to be used to fund a terrorist attack in the United States.

Read more: CBS Baltimore (WJZ)

A citizen of Bangladesh who was living in Maryland is accused of trying to support ISIS.

25-year-old Nelash Das was charged by a federal grand jury with attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), along with attempting to murder a federal employee.

If convicted, he faces life in prison.

According to the Department of Justice, from October 2015 to September 2016, Das supported ISIS in different ways.

Read more: CBS Baltimore (WJZ)

Insurance against terror attacks must adapt to face up to the threats posed by so-called lone-wolf militants and the rise of cyber crime.

That’s the view of Julian Enoizi of Pool Reinsurance Co., the U.K. government-linked body that backstops insurers against terror-related payouts. The spate of recent attacks in the nation’s capital and the suicide bombing of a Manchester pop concert in May highlighted shortcomings in coverage that need to be addressed, he said.

“We need to close gaps such as business interruption that’s not the result of physical damage and coverage of cyber terror as well the low take-up among businesses outside of London,” the Pool Re chief executive officer said in a phone interview.

Read more: Bloomberg

An Indian citizen who studied at Ohio State University has pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism and trying to arrange the killing of a federal judge who had been overseeing his case.  Yahya Farooq Mohammad is one of four men with Ohio ties accused in 2015 of working to send money to a known al-Qaida leader. The others are awaiting trial.

Mohammad pleaded guilty Monday to providing support to terrorists and solicitation to commit a violent crime.  Prosecutors say Mohammad told another inmate in Toledo last year he wanted to have the federal judge killed.  Mohammad's attorney says the government didn't have a strong case but the 39-year-old Mohammad decided to plead guilty and accept a 27-year sentence because it was too risky to face trial and a possible life sentence.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune