Illegal Gold Mining Funding Armed Groups in Sahel: Interpol

Several “suspected terrorists” were arrested and more than 40,000 sticks of dynamite and detonator cords for illegal gold mining — a new source of funding for armed groups in the Sahel — were seized in a joint operation with the U.N., Interpol said on Monday.

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Swiss to Evacuate Village Threatened by Vast WWII Ammo Dump

Swiss authorities say a 3,500-ton stockpile of munitions sitting in an underground depot in the Bernese Alps since World War II must be cleared for safety reasons, advancing toward a giant project that could cost billions and require the evacuation of local residents from their homes for a decade — though likely not before 2030.

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Demonstration Munitions

Police in Oakland, California, may not use stinger grenades, wooden bullets, rubber or rubber-coated bullets, pepper balls and similar munitions against demonstrators, a federal court in California ruled, finding that many of the items are already prohibited by the city’s Crowd Control Policy. But banning chemical agents, flashbang grenades and foam projectiles outright could “endanger public safety” and “increase the dangers faced by protestors,” the court added.

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