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Date: Sep 30, 2021

A South Australian man has been charged with a range of terrorism and explosives offences.

Police have charged the 24-year-old with 10 counts of possess information for terrorist acts and 11 counts of possess instructions to make an explosive device.

The man from Findon, in Adelaide's west, was previously charged by SAPOL with offences relating to the alleged illegal manufacture and possession of firearms.

He is now facing a total of 31 charges, as a result of an investigation into ideologically motivated violent extremism.

The man appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court today, where he was remanded in custody on the new offences and will next appear on March 16 next year.

Read more: 9 News (Australia)

The leader of a Neo-Nazi hate group ‘Atomwaffen’ was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of five federal felonies for his conspiracy to send threatening posters to journalists and employees of the Anti-Defamation League.  Kaleb Cole, 25, of Montgomery, Texas, was convicted of conspiracy, three counts of mailing threatening communications, and one count of interfering with a federally protected activity. The jury deliberated about 90 minutes following the two-day trial.  U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour scheduled sentencing for January 11, 2022.

According to records in the case and testimony at trial, Cole, and other members of Atomwaffen participated in a plot to intimidate journalists and others by mailing threatening posters or gluing the posters to victims’ homes.  The group focused primarily on those who are Jewish or journalists of color.  Kaleb Cole created the posters, which told the recipients that “you have been visited by your local Nazis.”  The posters contained threatening images, such as a hooded figure preparing to throw a Molotov cocktail at a house.  Another poster contained the words “Death to Pigs,” which is the same message that followers of Charles Manson scrawled in victims’ blood during a home invasion murder. 

Read more: Department of Justice

Authorities say seven juveniles have been charged and two others were hospitalized after being stabbed and cut when violence erupted at a high school in Anne Arundel County Wednesday.

The incident was reported around 8:45 a.m. at Annapolis High School after a fight broke out outside of the building and carried inside.

School resource officers in the vicinity of the fight quickly intervened, disarming a student who had a knife. The two who were injured were described as having serious but not life-threatening wounds. Officials say it is not clear what started the fight.

Read more: Fox 5 DC

The federal government is looking into reports of “Havana Syndrome,” a mysterious illness that has affected more than 200 American personnel around the world in recent years, including diplomats and members of the CIA.

The sensory attacks have affected Americans overseas and in the U.S. It has also affected several Canadian diplomats.

While U.S. intelligence officials believe they are closer to understanding what is causing the incidents, the phenomenon is still shrouded in mystery.

The term “Havana Syndrome” refers to the mysterious illness affecting U.S. personnel across the globe.

Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana first began reporting the strange symptoms in 2016.

Victims of the syndrome have included diplomats, members of the CIA, the military, and the National Security Council, as the Miami Herald has reported.

Symptoms include dizziness, tinnitus, visual problems, vertigo and cognitive difficulties. Some affected Americans said they heard a sound or felt some type of pressure or vibration.

Read more: Miami Herald

Was 2nd Avenue the original target of the Christmas Day bomb in Nashville?

A commission appointed by the city to investigate the bombing asked Metro Police about reports that the now infamous RV driven by Anthony Warner first went to the Hermitage Hotel on 6th Avenue North. Police say it is something they looked into.

"I know that that was reported, and I know that that was a lead they followed up on," Metro Police Lt. Steve Lewis said.

Lt. Lewis said both local and federal authorities were very thorough in their investigation.

Read more: WZTV (Nashville)