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Date: Jul 28, 2020

Westpac says an internal investigation has discovered it may have breached anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance laws up to 450,000 times more than it previously thought.

The investigation was ordered in response to a money-laundering and child-exploitation scandal at the bank that resulted in legal action against it by the regulator and the resignation of its chief executive and chairman.

Austrac, the regulator, has told Westpac it may add any new breaches discovered by the investigation to the existing 23m breaches over which it is already litigating.

Read more: MSN

A Melbourne court has heard far-right terrorist Phillip Galea had no intention of killing anyone, and his plans to attack "lefties" in Melbourne were "bluster, waffle and big-noting".

Galea, 35, is intending to appeal his conviction on terrorism charges, even before he has been sentenced for plotting a series of attacks in 2016.

In December, a jury found him guilty of "acts in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act", as well as attempting to make a document likely to facilitate a terrorist act.

Galea had maps and photos of the targeted locations and was making a Patriot's Cookbook to recruit others to take up violent acts against Muslims and leftists.

Read more: ABC News (Australia)

Protesters gathered outside the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco Monday, condemning a new anti-terror law in the Philippines they fear will be used to stifle free speech and target political opponents.

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte signed a stricter anti-terrorism bill into law this month amid fierce opposition, aiming to battle insurgencies in the country. The law expands the definition of terrorism and creates a council appointed by the president with powers to designate individuals and groups as terrorists.

“The anti-terror law makes it so that Duterte can claim that any group acting against his interest is a terrorist group, which allows for him to use military and excess violence,” said Rene Revolorio, 20, a resident of Berkeley.

Read more: San Francisco Examiner

There has been a significant rise in ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria, with the group exploiting security gaps in Iraq caused by the coronavirus pandemic to relaunch and invigorate its rural insurgency in the country, according to a report submitted to the UN Security Council that was made public on Thursday.

The wide-ranging report, put together by the UN monitoring team that tracks the global jihadi terror threat, states that the group is consolidating in Iraq and Syria and "showing confidence in its ability to increasingly operate in a brazen manner in its former core area."
It states that the number of ISIS attacks in Iraq and Syria "increased significantly in early 2020 as compared with the same period in 2019."

Read more: CNN