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Date: Nov 23, 2021

Police are still investigating a church fire that took place on November 10th in Eugene.

St. Marks is the first predominantly African American church in Eugene, and it was founded nearly 80 years ago.

But after a fire was set on the porch, Eugene Police arson detectives are investigating to see if that fire may have been set intentionally and if bias may have played a role.

Nearly two weeks after a fire was set on the porch of the church, the smoke has cleared, but unease is still in the air

"Even though the fire is out the fear still lingers," said Deleesa Meashintubby, the pastor at the church. "We don't know who did it, we don't know why they did it we just know it happened."

Read more: KCBY

Protests in European countries against new Covid-19 restrictions turned violent over the weekend as cases continue to rise in the continent.

Rioting broke out at The Hague on Saturday over the Dutch government's new coronavirus measures. Video from the scene shows riot police deploying water cannons and charging groups of demonstrators. 

The Netherlands re-entered three weeks of partial lockdown last Saturday and is now planning to ban unvaccinated people from entering some venues.

Five police officers were injured during the clashes at The Hague, with one taken to hospital suffering concussion and two suffering hearing damage from loud fireworks, police said in a statement.

Read more: CNN

A New York man was sentenced today to 200 months, more than 16 years, in prison for attempting to provide material support and resources to the designated foreign terrorist organizations the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the al-Nusrah Front.

Elvis Redzepagic, 30, of Commack, pleaded guilty in April 2021. According to court documents, in early 2015, Redzepagic began communicating with an individual he believed to be both the commander of a battalion in Syria and a member of ISIS or the al-Nusrah Front, and made attempts to join that individual’s battalion to engage in violent jihad. In July 2015, Redzepagic traveled to Turkey and made multiple unsuccessful attempts to cross the border into Syria. Unable to enter Syria from Turkey, Redzepagic traveled to Jordan in August 2016, but was stopped and deported by Jordanian authorities.

In Facebook messages from October 2015, Redzepagic explained that “jihad” is when “you fight for the sake of God” and “die for the sake of Allah.” Redzepagic stated that he traveled to Turkey to “perform Jihad and join Jabhat Al-Nusra.” He predicted, “there will come a time where people will only know to say Allahu Akbar.” In subsequent interviews with law enforcement, Redzepagic admitted that at the time he attempted to enter Syria, he was prepared to strap a bomb to himself.

Read more: Department of Justice

The Biden administration blacklisted a key financial facilitator for the Islamic State's Afghanistan branch as it targets the terrorist organization as its threat to the United States grows.

The Treasury sanctioned Ismatullah Khalozai, accusing him of being an international financial facilitator for the Islamic State-Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K.

The federal department said Khalozai has operated a Turkey-based business for the past two years that has transferred funds to finance ISIS-K operations. Prior to that, he operated a United Arab Emirates-based scheme that supported ISIS-K through sending luxury items to international locations for re-sale, the Treasury said, adding he is also accused of carrying out human smuggling operations for the terrorist organization.

Read more: UPI

The man accused of intentionally driving into the Waukesha Christmas parade, killing five people and injuring at least 48 others, is expected to face formal charges Tuesday.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, of Milwaukee, is scheduled to make his initial court appearance at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Monday that police were referring five counts of first-degree intentional homicide to prosecutors and other charges likely were to follow. A charge of first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life prison sentence.

"We are working closely with the City of Waukesha Police Department to review the matter and decide what criminal charges will be issued," Waukesha District Attorney Susan Opper said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Read more: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel