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Kansas ‘Crusaders’ plotted to bomb Somali families in anti-Muslim attacks: prosecutors

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Three Kansas men being held by federal authorities allegedly plotted to blow up a Muslim mosque and an apartment building predominantly occupied by Somali refugees.

According to WRAL, one member of a Kansas militia group wore a wire while members of a splinter group of the Kansas Security Force that called itself “the Crusaders” discussed the proposed attacks on Muslims in their community.

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The three men were identified as Patrick Eugene Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen, with all three men facing charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights for the terrorist attack which was planned following the 2016 election.

According to the report, the men met in August of 2016 and planned the attack on a Garden City apartment complex and discussed how to create homemade bombs, while picking out various targets where Muslims congregated.

“Oh hell yes, you’ll have everybody in that whole complex in that prayer room, I guarantee you that,” Wright is quoted in a transcript as saying, adding that he also wanted to kill the landlord of the apartment complex, which would send  a message that “any of you people rent to these motherf*ckers we’re going to start knocking you all off.”

In a transcript Wright states that he hoped the attack would “wake people up” and inspire others to take similar action against Muslims, with Stein agreeing, “This is just a beginning.”

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According to Wright’s attorney, the accused man claims he didn’t think his fellow militia members actually intended to carry out the attack, saying he was new to the area and attempting to make friends. Prosecutors dispute the claim saying Wright created and tested the homemade bombs, when he wasn’t hosting group meetings at his business, G&G Mobile Home Center — where investigators later found explosives.

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Iran Foreign Minister Zarif perfectly Twitter-trolls Trump with photos of meeting with smiling Macron at G7

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Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif used Donald Trump's favorite social media platform to get in a dig at the president and rub his nose in the fact that French President Emmanuel took time out from the busy G7 meeting he is hosting to sit down with him.

The White House was reportedly blindsided by Macron's invitation that had been kept a secret from Trump and now, if Trump wanted proof of the meeting, he need only hop on Twitter to see the evidence.

As Zarif wrote, "Iran's active diplomacy in pursuit of constructive engagement continues. Met @EmmanuelMacron on sidelines of #G7Biarritz after extensive talks with @JY_LeDria & Finance Min. followed by a joint briefing for UK/Germany. Road ahead is difficult. But worth trying."

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Hong Kong police fire first gunshot in protest clashes

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Hong Kong police used water cannon for the first time and at least one officer fired his sidearm during pitched battles with protesters Sunday, one of the most violent nights in three months of pro-democracy rallies that have rocked the city.

An afternoon rally in the district of Tsuen Wan spiralled into violent running confrontations between protesters and police, with officers several times caught outnumbered and isolated by masked youths wielding sticks and throwing rocks.

In one instance, several police officers drew their sidearms, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

"According to my understanding, just now a gunshot was fired by a colleague," Superintendent Leung Kwok Win told the press.

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A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy admits he lied about being shot by a sniper

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A Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who claimed to have been attacked by a sniper last week has confessed to lying about the supposed incident.

"Reinosa admitted he was not shot at as he previously claimed," L.A. County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener said regarding Angel Reinosa, the California sheriff's deputy who was still a trainee when he claimed on Wednesday that he had been attacked by an unknown sniper, according to ABC News. "He also told investigators he had caused the holes in his uniform by cutting it. There was no sniper, no shots fired and no gunshot injury sustained to his shoulder."

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