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The Latest: Alleged gunman entered Hungary by train in 2018

Mar. 18, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 6 a.m., Tuesday Authorities say alleged Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant arrived in Hungary as a tourist last November on a train that runs between Timisoara, Romania, and Budapest, Hungary....

China says 13,000 Xinjiang 'terrorists' arrested since 2014

Mar. 18, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists and has broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs" in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report Monday issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic region....

Israel's Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

Mar. 17, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday banned the leader of a Jewish ultranationalist party from running in the country's April elections. Reversing the decisions of Israel's elections committee earlier this month, the court ruled to bar Jewish Power party leader Michael Ben Ari in an 8-1 vote,...

White House aide says 'absurd' to link mosque shooter, Trump

Mar. 17, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House official said Sunday that President Donald Trump "is not a white supremacist" and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are "absurd." Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, described the New Zealand shooter as a "disturbed individual" and "evil...

Jury to decide if school system banned yoga for Christianity

Mar. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge says a jury will decide if a Georgia school system's decision to halt a yoga program — and transfer the elementary school administrator who started it — was done to promote Christianity. U.S. Judge William Ray refused the Cobb County School District's...

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator

Mar. 17, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Sunday suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator's head. Sen. Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for blaming Muslim immigration for racist attacks on two New Zealand...

Slovak president race: upstart vs. EU official in runoff

Mar. 16, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The two leading contenders in Slovakia's presidential election will meet in a runoff vote that could give the central European country its first woman president. Zuzana Caputova was leading with 40.5 percent of the votes with 99 percent of some 6,000 polling stations counted...

Poland's ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

Mar. 16, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice...

Legislative forum on vaccines planned at Connecticut capitol

Mar. 16, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker who supports eliminating the religious exemption from vaccinations for public school students is holding an informational forum on the science behind vaccines. Democratic Rep. Josh Elliott of Hamden says he's concerned the "pseudo-science" fueling fear among a...

At FEMA office, federal workers say they're here to help

Mar. 16, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — At a small office in an Eagle River church, nearly a dozen federal employees are working to both mitigate problems and manage expectations of those seeking help after the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. They're the government, and they're here to help. "We're here as long as we're...