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Date: Feb 1, 2016

A Tampa man with anti-government sentiments faces charges after federal agents found six to eight pipe bombs, bomb-making material, and guns in his home.

Special agents with the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms searched the home of Michael Ramos, 4504 N. Lincoln Ave. after a combined investigation conducted through ATF, the Tampa Police Department and the FBI determined Ramos had expressed anti-government sentiment and acknowledged he had the devices.

ATF special agents obtained a federal search warrant today, which yielded eight explosive devices, an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, one .45 caliber pistol, large amounts of ammunition and bomb making material.

Read more: Tampa Tribune

Tareena Shakil has been sentenced to six years for joining Islamic State and encouraging terrorism on social media. The 26-year-old fled her home in Birmingham in October 2014, telling her family she had booked a holiday. Instead, she took her 14-month-old son to Raqqa, the de facto capital of the terror network.

She was found guilty last week and is believed to be the first British woman to stand trial accused of joining IS in Syria. The judge - during sentencing in Birmingham - said she had told "lie after lie" with no signs of remorse. He was particularly scathing of pictures showing Shakil's baby son with weapons and wearing an IS balaclava.

Read more: Sky News

Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday.

Oil flowed unchecked for two days, according to fishermen who complained that a clean-up has not yet started.  A spokesman for Italian parent company ENI said 16,000 barrels of oil per day were lost and the company Monday began working to resume production. 

Read more: AP

A British decision on whether to join western powers considering direct military intervention against Islamic State in Libya is likely to rest on whether long-running efforts to form a viable national unity government will materialise in the coming weeks.
The Pentagon and the French government have been pressing for direct action following a meeting in Paris last week, with Italy saying it would consider involvement. 
Read more: The Guardian

Members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram burned children alive as part of an attack in Nigeria that killed at least 86 people, according to survivors and witnesses.  The incident happened Saturday night in the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria. Two nearby camps housing 25,000 people who have fled Boko Haram were also attacked.

A solider at the scene told the Associated Press that three female suicide bombers blew themselves up as part of the assault, but there was little information about the sequence of events that led to the deaths of the children and USA TODAY was not able to immediately verify the account.

Mohammed Kanar, the area coordinator of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said 86 bodies, many of them charred and riddled with bullets, were collected by Sunday afternoon.

Read more:  USA Today