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Date: Jul 23, 2020

Five aid workers abducted last month in north-east Nigeria's Borno State have been killed, reportedly by jihadists.

The men were working for Action Against Hunger, the International Rescue Committee, Rich International and the country's State Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria's president confirmed.

The group's decade-long insurgency has left thousands dead, displaced many more and resulted in a humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria. 

Aid workers have frequently been targeted, especially by a Boko Haram splinter group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group.

In a video released last month the hostages did not name either Islamic State or Boko Haram but referred to their captors as soldiers of the "khalifa". 

Previously, captives have used the term to refer to Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap), rather than Boko Haram. 

Read more: BBC News

Baghdad and Tehran sought on Tuesday to ease bilateral political tensions, as Iraq’s prime minister said it would not allow any threat to Iran coming from its territory.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, visiting Tehran and speaking at a news conference alongside Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, alluded to Iraq’s concern not to become a battlefield between Iran and the United States, who are arch-enemies.

“The people of Iraq want good relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran based on the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of both countries,” he told the conference, carried live by Iranian state television.

Read more: Reuters

A 35-year-old Austin man is charged with possessing an improvised explosive device, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Texas on Tuesday said Joshua Colin Honigberg has been indicted by a federal grand jury with one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Court officials said Austin police and federal law enforcement officers searched Honigberg’s residence on May 29.

“During the search, authorities recovered an explosive bomb capable of causing property damage and personal injuries and/or death to nearby persons upon detonation,” officials said in a Tuesday news release.

Read more: Austin American-Statesman

A terrifying chapter in Australia’s history has ended with Leonard Warwick being found guilty of a series of brazen Sydney murders and bombings related to his family court battles.

The former firefighter’s targets included judges and a church congregation during a campaign of extreme violence between 1980 and 1985.

Warwick, 73, was on Thursday found guilty of the shooting murder of a judge and two bomb-related murders, including of a judge’s wife, and numerous other offences related to six events that occurred in Sydney over five years.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

The acting head of Department of Homeland Security defended the controversial deployment of federal agents to Portland, Ore., saying the Trump administration would "not retreat" from its duty to protect federal property.

At a news conference Tuesday, Chad Wolf insisted that the department "will support and protect those who want to peacefully protest."

However, he said, "what is occurring in Portland in the early hours of every morning is not peaceful protesting," adding that individual protesters "are organized and they have one mission in mind: to burn down or to cause extreme damage to the federal courthouse and to law enforcement officers."

Read more: NPR