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Date: Apr 20, 2021

A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis police team were fired upon in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning, the state National Guard said in a news release.

The team was providing neighborhood security in Minneapolis when, at about 4:19 a.m. local time (5:19 a.m. ET), a light colored SUV drove by and several shots were fired.

No team members were seriously injured, though two National Guard members suffered minor injuries: One was injured by shattered glass and taken to a local hospital, while the other suffered "only superficial injuries," the statement said.

The city is on edge ahead of the expected conclusion this week in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd last May. The area has seen additional protests over the last week after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb.

Read more: CNN

The US state department is to advise Americans to avoid 80% of countries worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a note to the media about its updated travel guidance, it said the pandemic continued to "pose unprecedented risks to travellers".

The current US "Do Not Travel" advisory covers 34 out of 200 countries.

Covid-19 has now claimed more than three million lives worldwide - more than half a million of them in the US.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the world was "approaching the highest rate of infection" so far, despite the global rollout of vaccination programmes.

Read more: BBC News

A federal judge on Monday jailed two Proud Boys leaders pending trial in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, handing a victory to U.S. prosecutors in a closely watched conspiracy case accusing the pair of planning to disrupt Congress and leading as many as 60 others to impede police that day.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington acknowledged that online organizers Ethan Nordean, 30, of Seattle and Joseph Randall Biggs, 37, of Ormond Beach, Fla., “lacked most of the usual markers of dangerousness” relied on by judges to detain other Jan. 6 defendants, saying that neither was armed, assaulted police or had a criminal record.

However, Kelly ruled, “these defendants are alleged by their leadership and planning to have facilitated political violence on January 6th, even if they themselves did not carry a weapon or strike a blow.”

Read more: Washington Post

A Vero Beach man accused early Sunday morning of having an explosive device aboard a boat is in custody facing a felony charge, according to jail records and an arrest report released Monday.

Michael Ferris, 39, is being held at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond after Vero Beach police found an “improvised explosive device” in the cabin of a 30-foot sailboat he was living on at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina in the Indian River Lagoon, reports show.

He’s charged with a felony count of making or possessing a destructive device.

The incident began after Vero Beach Police were contacted Saturday night by Marble Head Police in Massachusetts, to report a woman reported that her brother sent her a video “advising her that he made a bomb and was going to ‘take it to the airport.’”

Read more: TCPalm (SE Florida)

A group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a video showing the execution of a Coptic Christian man and two others, the latest in a wave of insurgent attacks in Egypt's Sinai region.

A 13-minute video uploaded to Telegram by the IS-linked Sinai Province on Saturday shows the shooting death of Nabil el-Habashy, a 62-year-old Copt from Bir al-Abd city in the northern Sinai region.

Egyptian Streets reports that el-Habashy says in the video he helped build a church that had been “cooperating with the Egyptian armed forces and intelligence services to combat terrorism in the region.”

"As for you Christians of Egypt, this is the price you are paying for supporting the Egyptian army," the executioner warns in the video before shooting el-Habashy in the back of the head, according to AFP. 

The video also shows two young tribesmen from Sinai being killed after the militants accuse them of cooperating with the state.

Read more: Al-Monitor