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Date: Jul 17, 2020

The trial of a former Islamic militant who allegedly forced hundreds of women into sexual slavery has opened at the international criminal court, where he has been accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and in a first, persecution on the grounds of gender.

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, 42, was transferred to the court’s custody more than two years ago from Mali, where he had been held by local authorities for more than a year.

Prosecutors in The Hague have accused him of torture, extrajudicial punishments and participation in a policy of forced marriage, which “led to repeated rapes and sexual enslavement of women and girls”.

Read more: MSN

The FBI has launched an investigation after hackers hijacked Twitter accounts of a number of high-profile US figures in an apparent Bitcoin scam.

"The accounts appear to have been compromised" to perpetrate cryptocurrency fraud, said the bureau, urging the public to be vigilant.

Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Joe Biden were among those hit in what Twitter said was a "co-ordinated" attack.

Their official accounts requested donations in the cryptocurrency.

"Everyone is asking me to give back," said a tweet from the account of Mr Gates, the Microsoft founder. "You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000."

Read more: BBC News

Members of Congress heard eye-opening testimony Thursday on the danger posed by extremist groups from both ends of the political spectrum.

The subcommittee hearing chaired by Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) looked at the “boogaloo” movement, the slang term is used to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of civilization.

Experts also looked at the actions of Antifa, the Proud Boys, Anarchists, Oathkeepers and the Three Percenters.

Experts said violence can spread quickly from comments online to action. They said the greatest danger now seems to be from right-wing extremists.

“If we do not gather the courage to act, law enforcement officials, law-abiding citizens will die," Rep. Rose said. "So now when and if that happens, we have no excuse.”

Read more: WPIX 11 (New York)

Police found more than 20 illegal guns, ammunition, bomb-making materials and drugs inside a Long Island home this week.

Thousands of rounds of ammunition and 22 unregistered guns — handguns, assault rifles and revolvers, most of them ghost guns — were all seized from the home at 228 Staples Street in Farmingdale.

“Ghost guns are bought on the internet in pieces. As you get them, you assemble them,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

Ryder said drugs were also seized, along with “laboratory equipment, unknown solid and liquid chemicals, a book titled on the manual ‘Explosives 4th Edition.'”

Read more: CBS New York