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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Aug 10, 2020
The nexus between terrorism and organized crime took centre stage in the Security Council on Thursday, with experts raising fresh concerns over opportunistic alliances emerging among belligerents who share a hostility towards national authorities, and seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by the COVID-19 crisis.
 
“Comprehensive and cooperative responses are needed more than ever”, said Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  The COVID-19 crisis is raising a new set of challenges for national authorities, as criminals seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by lockdowns and shifting travel patterns.  Building the capacities to deal with these threats is now a key part of UNODC’s focus, she noted.
 
Read more: UN News
A Moscow court convicted 7 young Russians on extremism charges Thursday — sentencing several of the group to lengthy prison sentences in a closely watched case that seemed to encapsulate the limits of political youth activism in today’s Russia.
 
Prosecutors argued that the defendants — most in their teens and 20’s — had organized an illegal online extremist chat group called “The New Greatness” with the intent of overthrowing the government in 2018.  
The accused all denied the charges and said evidence was fabricated.
 
Indeed, to critics, the case was the latest example of the government’s abuse of Russia’s vague anti-extremism laws — and subservient court system — to crush perceived political rivals through any means necessary.
 
Read more: Voice of America
Kettering officers found a suspected pipe bomb in a car after making a traffic stop in the Moraine Walmart parking lot Wednesday night, prompting a response from the Dayton Police Bomb Squad, a Kettering police official told News Center 7 Thursday.
 
Police initiated the traffic stop just after 8 p.m. and the driver pulled into the Walmart parking lot, Kettering police Lt. Lee Sanders said. The two people in the car, who police did not identify, were initially arrested on outstanding warrants.
 
One of the two men arrested has been identified as Adam Daniel Sowards, 30, according to court documents filed in the case.
 
Sowards is being detained in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of inducing panic, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, carrying a concealed weapon and an active warrant for obstructing official business.
 
Read more: WHIO
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation on Monday into “murder in connection with terrorism” over Sunday's attack on humanitarian workers in Niger, in which eight people were killed including six French citizens.
The prosecutor’s office is delegating the investigation to the DGSI – France’s internal intelligence agency, equivalent to Britain’s MI5 – and SDAT, the French police’s national counter-terror unit.
French and Nigerien soldiers on Monday combed a wildlife reserve in Niger and the surrounding area for traces of the gunmen who killed the aid workers, a French military source told Reuters.
 
Read more: France 24