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Date: Mar 19, 2021

U.S. intelligence agencies believe domestic terrorism poses an "elevated threat" to the homeland in 2021, predicting in a new joint report that social and political factors including the coronavirus pandemic and "emboldening impact of the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol" will "almost certainly" spur domestic violent extremists to engage in further violence.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued an unclassified summary of a joint assessment of the national security threat posed by domestic violent extremism, Wednesday.

The comprehensive threat assessment provided by ODNI, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to the White House and Congress was produced at the direction of President Biden, who solicited the report in the wake of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Read more: CBS News

Several Manhattan schools were sent suspicious packages with white powder inside, likely meant “to cause disruption and alarm,” police said Thursday.

The five incidents each took place during the span of about a week — between March 10 and Thursday, police said. The packages all came through USPS.

One of the incidents happened Tuesday at River Park Nursery School, where police said 19 children and four staff members were evacuated from the building after the school received a package with a suspicious white substance.

In each instance, schools were sent a plain white envelope with the address handwritten in block letters. The contents of each envelope — which included a white powdery substance — was screened and determined to be non-hazardous, police said.

Read more: WPIX (New York)

A Trenton man charged by federal authorities with twice trying to light a police car on fire during last spring’s riot in the city has been indicted by state authorities on accusations he threw an explosive device at state troopers during the mayhem.

Kadeem Dockery, 29, was indicted Monday on three counts of aggravated assault and a count of possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose, the state Attorney General’s Office announced.

The May 31 evening riot in downtown Trenton damaged about 60 stores and left two city police cars in shambles. It followed a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, during which Trenton officers kneeled in solidarity with protestors.

Four young men have been charged with committing violent acts that evening.

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The FBI released dramatic new videos of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as it asked the public Thursday for tips to identify 10 people suspected of involvement in some of the most violent attacks on police officers that day.

“These individuals are seen on video committing egregious crimes against those who have devoted their lives to protecting the American people,” said Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

The FBI noted that hundreds of thousands of prior tips helped the agency arrest more than 300 people who participated in the mob invasion of the Capitol complex by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

More than 65 of those people have been charged with assaulting law enforcement officers.

Read more: CNBC

Myanmar security forces shot dead nine opponents of a Feb. 1 coup on Friday, a funeral services provider and media said, as Indonesia urged an end to the violence and the restoration of democracy, in an unusually blunt call from a neighbour.

Military and police have used increasingly violent tactics to suppress demonstrations by supporters of detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but that has not put off the protesters, with crowds turning out again in several towns.

Security forces opened fire in a confrontation in the central town of Aungban as they tried to clear a protesters’ barricade, media and a witness reported.

Read more: Reuters