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Belgian prosecutors say a man was shot dead during anti-terror raids targeting a group of suspected right-wing extremists. The federal prosecutor’s office said a dozen searches were carried out in seven different municipalities as part of an investigation into “the preparation of a terrorist attack and the violation of the legislation on weapons.” The Antwerp prosecutor’s office said that a man was killed by a police bullet when federal police units raided his home. The office initially said that the man opened fire on the police, but later said an investigation would determine who fired first. Federal prosecutors said the searches in the Antwerp region resulted in the seizure of a large number of weapons and ammunition.

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With midterm elections just weeks away, Louisiana’s likely front-runners in the U.S. Senate race have released new TV ads. Republican Sen. John Kennedy is seeking a second term. He is up against former Navy fighter pilot and moderate Democrat Luke Mixon. Both are hoping to reach more voters and get people to the polls Nov. 8. Sen. Kennedy's new ad touts his voting record. He says it includes bills to cut taxes, “secure the border” and “stand up to China.” In Mixon's ad, he promises to codify the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. He describes Kennedy's politics as “extremism.”

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President Joe Biden gathered educators, faith leaders and others who have experienced violence firsthand for a discussion Thursday on how stop the violence, and promised action. In 2020, hate crimes in the U.S. were the highest in more than a decade, and the Justice Department has said it would increase efforts to counter it. Now, political violence fueled by lies about the 2020 election is overlapping with hate crimes. A growing number of ardent Donald Trump supporters seem ready to strike back against the FBI or others who they believe go too far in investigating the former president.

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Investigators say that a U.S. Army soldier wrote on Instagram that he joined the military for combat experience to be more proficient in killing Black people. Court documents also allege that Killian Mackeithan Ryan had five Instagram accounts that were in contact with others "associated with racially motivated extremism." Ryan’s alleged social media activity is documented in a case filed late last month in U.S. District Court in North Carolina. Authorities accuse him of providing false information on a security clearance form. The charges against Ryan come at a time when the U.S. military is trying to purge its ranks of extremists and white supremacists.

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A new report says that the names of hundreds of U.S. law enforcement officers, elected officials and military members appear on the leaked membership rolls of a far-right extremist group that’s accused of playing a key role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism pored over more than 38,000 names on leaked Oath Keepers membership lists to find more than 370 people it believes are currently working in law enforcement agencies. Several people told The Associated Press they were briefly members years ago and are no longer affiliated with the group.

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