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Date: Jul 30, 2020

An Orem man is accused of committing commercial terrorism after allegedly threatening to shoot customers and employees at a local restaurant.

Daniel Rivera-Medina, 34, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Court with the third-degree felony. In addition, Rivera was charged with damaging a jail, a third-degree felony; interfering with an arrest, and making three threats of violence, both class B misdemeanors.

Monday night, Rivera was in Cafe Rio, 40 W. Center, and “was fighting and threatening to kill multiple customers and employees and disrupting commercial operations,” according to charging documents.

Rivera swung his arms at some people, the charges state, and specifically threatened to shoot three employees.

Read more: Deseret News (Utah)

Belarus suspects a group of more than 30 Russian mercenaries it detained of planning “acts of terrorism” in the country, Belarusian Security Council State Secretary Andrey Raukov said on Thursday.

Up to 200 mercenaries are still in Belarus and law enforcement agents are looking for them, Raukov told reporters.

Read more: Reuters

At a congressional hearing this month, extremism researcher J.J. MacNab delivered a warning: "There is a potential street war brewing."

MacNab cited the dangerous mix of armed factions squaring off at protests around the United States. Of all the current flashpoints for violence — the pandemic, the election, the economy — she called it the risk that worries her most.

"I am concerned that there will be a shootout at one or more of the Black Lives Matter protests," MacNab told House members. "There are too many guns at these events, held by too many groups with conflicting goals."

Read more: NPR

When Turkey’s president signed a security deal last year to back one of the sides in Libya’s civil war, another agreement was waiting to be signed by his new proteges the same day: a memorandum redrawing the two countries’ maritime borders.

In Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s memo, Turkey and Libya lay claim to large areas of the Mediterranean Sea and the potential natural gas deposits under it. The deal achieved a longtime goal of Turkey — finding a partner to back its claims.

Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli, have disclosed for the first time to The Associated Press the deliberations that resulted in Turkey becoming a major broker in the war, opposite Russia. They describe the relationship as necessary, and say Turkey’s foray into the conflict goes hand-in-hand with its economic designs.

Read more: AP

A suspected member of the extremist "Boogaloo" movement accused of preparing to commit acts of terrorism at Black Lives Matter protests has been charged with an additional offense relating to child abuse.

Stephen Parshall, aka "Kiwi," 35, of Las Vegas, was one of three men charged last month with conspiracy to cause destruction after allegedly seeking to exploit the BLM protests by throwing Molotov cocktails at police.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada has now revealed Parshall has been charged by a separate criminal complaint with one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Read more: Newsweek