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Date: Aug 5, 2020

Police in the virus-stricken city of Melbourne have warned of a rise in people resisting lockdown measures, sometimes violently.

Authorities said this trend included so-called "sovereign citizens" being combative with police in recent days.

In one case, a woman not wearing a mask "smashed" a policewoman's head into the ground, according to a police chief.

Melbourne has been the centre of a Covid-19 second wave in Australia and enacted a night-time curfew on Sunday.

The city has mandated mask-wearing and tightened a stay-at-home order to reduce transmissions throughout the city.

Read more: BBC News (MSN)

The FBI has opened more than 300 domestic terrorism investigations since late May and arrested nearly 100 people in Portland, Oregon, a focal point of the George Floyd protests, a top federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Texas and co-head of a recently formed Justice Department task force on “antigovernment extremists,” told congressional lawmakers that the investigations were opened after May 28, three days after Floyd, an African American, died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death sparked nationwide protests.

“That does not include any potential civil rights investigations or violent crime associated with the civil unrest,” Cox said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the protests that have at times been marked by violence.

Read more: Voice of America

A warehouse storing thousands of tons of unsecured highly explosive material has emerged as a possible source of the massive blast that ripped through the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people, injuring 4,000 and sending a shock wave across the city that damaged buildings and blew out windows up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) away.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, which is typically used as an agricultural fertilizer, had been stored for six years at a port warehouse without safety measures, "endangering the safety of citizens," according to a statement.
It's still not exactly clear what led to the ignition that wiped out entire streets across the seaside capital.

Read more: CNN