Photo: Getty Images

Dozens of terrorism convicts, many of whom were part of the first surge of jihadis drawn to Syria and Iraq, will be freed from European prisons over the next two years reports the AP.

The impact: Experts are concerned about the danger these convicts may still pose to the community, and worry that European governments aren't fully prepared to face the eventual threat. “The danger is the risk of recidivism. We should not be too quick to believe certain terrorists who say they are repentant,” said Catherine Champrenault, the Paris prosecutor general.

The backdrop: In Europe, terrorism prison sentences have averaged around six years, compared with 13 years in the U.S., according to data from Europol.

By the numbers:

  • France will soon free 57 inmates, roughly 50% of its current population of terrorism convicts.
  • Britain, 25, about 75% of those imprisoned under one of the country’s main terrorism statute up until mid-2017.
  • Belgium, 80 have already been freed and up to 44 others will join them.
  • Spain, 21 of 34 extremists have already been freed.
  • Bosnia, all of its 23 terrorism convicts will go free.
  • Kosovo will also release all of its imprisoned foreign fighters.

Go deeper

34 mins ago - Sports

Sports return stalked by coronavirus

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Austin Meadows bumps elbows Friday during a workout at Tropicana Field. Photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports via Reuters

When MLB teams arrived at the ballpark this weekend for the first summer workouts of 2020, the comforting sounds of baseball brought smiles to players' faces.

Between the lines: Even the loudest crack of the bat couldn't mask the eerie silence or distract from the ever-present coronavirus threat.

239 scientists call on WHO to recognize coronavirus as airborne

People walk at the boardwalk in Venice Beach. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

A group of 239 scientists in 32 countries is calling for the World Health Organization to revise its recommendations to account for airborne transmission as a significant factor in how the coronavirus spreads, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The WHO has said the virus mainly spreads via large respiratory droplets that fall to the ground once they've been discharged in coughs and sneezes. But the scientists say evidence shows the virus can spread from smaller particles that linger in air indoors.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 11,294,859 — Total deaths: 531,419 — Total recoveries — 6,078,552Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 2,839,917 — Total deaths: 129,676 — Total recoveries: 894,325 — Total tested: 34,858,427Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity.
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Trump extends PPP application deadlineKimberly Guilfoyle tests positive.
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: 31 MLB players test positive as workouts resume.
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.