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An Egyptian court has sentenced 24 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for the killing of police officers in two separate cases, a judicial source said.

The state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said the Damanhour Criminal Court ordered the death penalty on Thursday for 16 defendants affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohamed Sweidan, a regional leader of the organisation, for their involvement in the bombing of a police bus in Rashid city in Beheira governorate in 2015.

The report added that the blast killed three police officers and wounded 39 others.

The same court also handed down the death penalty to eight Muslim Brotherhood members, who were accused of killing a police officer in December 2014 in Ad Dilinjat city in Beheira.

Read more: Al Jazeera

Colombia urged the United States on Monday to declare neighbor Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism for allegedly shielding dissident fighters thought to be behind an attack on President Ivan Duque’s helicopter last month.

The situation merits “a declaration on the part of the United States of (Venezuela) as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Duque said at an event at which US ambassador Philip Goldberg was present.

Last week, Bogota said the attack was planned from Venezuela by dissidents who distanced themselves from the FARC’s 2016 peace deal with the government, and a former Colombian army officer.

Duque’s helicopter was approaching Cucuta airport on a flight from Sardinata on June 25 when several shots — apparently from rifles — were fired at it.

Read more: Tico Times (Costa Rica)

An explosion at an Islamic butcher's shop shattered windows and damaged cars in the southern Netherlands overnight. No one was hurt.

Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that a second explosive device found at the scene, but did not go off.

The blast at about 0100 GMT in the southern city of Den Bosch damaged the front door, parked cars and shattered glass, the report said.

Nearby houses were briefly evacuated as a precaution and video footage showed police sealing off the area for investigators.

Read more: Reuters

Colombia arrested 10 people accused of involvement in attacks on a helicopter carrying President Ivan Duque and a military base last month that officials said on Thursday were planned by former FARC rebel leaders based in Venezuela.

The car bombing at the base in the northeastern city of Cucuta, home to the army's 30th brigade, wounded 44 people, including two U.S. military advisers. Later in June, a helicopter approaching city with Duque and other officials aboard was strafed by bullets.

The 10 people captured in Norte de Santander province are former FARC rebels who reject a 2016 peace deal, Attorney General Francisco Barbosa said in a press conference broadcast via social media, and belong to the dissidents' 33rd front.

Three took part in the planning and execution of both attacks and have been detained and charged, while another is a retired army captain, Barbosa said.

Read more: Reuters

A new eight-part documentary podcast, American ISIS from The Intercept and Topic Studios, details the account of an American man who lived and died inside the Islamic State. The podcast, which is narrated by Trevor Aaronson, explores how ISIS functioned in Syria through the firsthand account of Russell Dennison.

The first episode, Death and Life, starts by detailing the Islamic State while the following episodes dive deeper into Dennison’s childhood, radicalization, journey and 2019 death as an ISIS fighter.

Dennison was raised Catholic in Pennsylvania and converted to Islam just before going to prison for selling marijuana. After prison, Dennison posted videos to YouTube criticizing Americans. These videos gained him a large following as well as attention from the FBI. In 2014, Dennison left America and went to join ISIS.

Read more: Homeland Security Today