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A suspicious package found at the German Finance Ministry in Berlin on Wednesday contained explosives, police said, adding that the item was found in an area where mail is processed.

A spokeswoman for the ministry declined to comment, saying an investigation was underway.

"The first investigation results show that the package contained a so-called explosives mixture, which is frequently used to produce pyrotechnics. It was designed to cause considerable injuries when the package was opened," police said in a statement.

Read more: Reuters

Fate seems to have dropped a giant gift on the doorsteps of right-wing pundits and Twitter activists. Last Friday, the F.B.I. announced the arrest of a suspect in a series of bomb threats aimed at Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish organizations across the country, and he wasn’t some Trump-loving white supremacist with a history of violence and a racist manifesto in tow. No, he was a man of the left, a reporter fired from the left-leaning website The Intercept for fabricating quotes and sources.

The ideologues of the right-wing news media wasted no time in posting their “gotchas.” Breitbart declared the suspect to be a Bernie Sanders voter and “Fake News Reporter.” The Daily Caller pegged him as an “Anti-Trump Communist.”

Read more: New York Times

Montreal police have arrested a possible suspect in connection with bombing threats at Concordia University.

Three university buildings in the downtown were evacuated Wednesday after the institution received bomb threats targeting Muslim students.

Classes were disrupted for several hundred students as authorities searched the facilities for explosive devices. None were found and police ended their sweep in the afternoon, but the buildings were kept closed until 6 p.m. ET.

Read more: Toronto Star

A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday.

The Justice Department said in a news release that Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., a 25-year-old U.S. citizen from Columbia, Missouri, “was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support” to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- a designated terrorist organization.

“Hester was charged in federal court based on his role in making preparations to launch a terrorist attack with persons he believed were associated with ISIS, who were actually undercover law enforcement personnel,” the Justice Department said.

Read more: CBS News

The Green party has accused the German security forces of being too slow to recognize the danger presented by the Reichsbürger movement, some of whose members have murdered police officers and been accused of planning terrorist attacks.

In an official answer to a parliamentary question submitted by the Green party and shown to DW on Tuesday, the German Interior Ministry admitted that domestic intelligence only began defining Reichsbürger attacks as politically-motivated (like far-right or Islamist attacks) in January this year, even though the movement's ideology has been known about for decades. That means the country's counter-terrorism forces have only just started collecting statistics on Reichsbürger crimes.

Read more: Deutsche Welle