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A youth holds a photograph of France's President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second attack on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his attitude to Islam and Muslims, which prompted France to recall its ambassador to Ankara, Erdogan took aim at foreign critics. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest caricatures

Oct. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and protests, as a clash over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and the limits of free speech intensified. Kuwaiti stores pulled French yogurts and bottles of sparkling...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018 photo, Rabbi Eli Wilansky lights a candle after a mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The three congregations sharing space at the Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. In March 2020, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. (Steph Chamber/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Attack, then pandemic: Pittsburgh Jewish congregations cope

Oct. 24, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

Two years ago, the three congregations sharing space at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. Last March, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. On Tuesday, as they...

Attack in Kabul kills 18; al-Qaida leader killed in Ghazni

Oct. 24, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including students, the interior ministry said. Afghan security officials separately announced on Saturday that a senior al-Qaida commander had been...

In this photo released on May, 20, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, listens to Damascus Mufti Adnan Afiouni, right, at an Islamic center, in Damascus, Syria. Mufti Afiouni who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters, was killed on Thursday Oct. 22, 2020 by an explosion in the town of Qudsaya, west of Damascus, Syria, when a roadside bomb exploded near him, according to state media and a government site. (SANA via AP)

Report: Bombing kills Syrian cleric key to deals with rebels

Oct. 22, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A roadside bombing on Thursday killed a senior Syrian cleric who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters, according to Syrian state media and a government website. The explosion that killed Damascus Mufti Mohammed Adnan Afiouni took place in the town of Qudsaya,...

Albania joins global efforts to combat anti-Semitism

Oct. 22, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution joining global efforts to combat anti-Semitism. The parliament unanimously voted to approve the definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), becoming the second majority-Muslim...

2 suspects arrested in Florida pastor's shooting death

Oct. 16, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two suspects have been arrested in the shooting death of a Florida pastor who was caught in the crossfire of two groups outside a Miami flea market in broad daylight. Police say Latravia Bell, 20, and Nathaniel Roberson, 31, have been charged with first-degree murder. Bell is also facing...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, signs, flowers and candles expressing love for the Jewish community stand outside the Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colo. Richard Holzer, 28, a man described by federal prosecutors as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist, pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, to a hate crime for plotting to bomb the historic Colorado synagogue last year. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, File)

Man described as neo-Nazi pleads guilty in synagogue plot

Oct. 15, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man described by U.S. prosecutors as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist pleaded guilty on Thursday to a hate crime for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue last year. Richard Holzer, 28, pleaded guilty to attempting to stop people from exercising their religion with an explosive or...

In this photo provided by Chaya Spitz, Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, left, stands beside Joel Friedman, right, the director of Public Affairs for the Interlink Foundation, an umbrella organization for Orthodox Jewish charities on July 4, 2019 in Downing Street, London. Pinter gave his life to save his neighbors. When the British government ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, Pinter went door-to-door to deliver the public health warning to the ultra-Orthodox Jews in northeast London. Within days, the 71-year-old rabbi had caught the disease and died. (Chaya Spitz via AP)

Lives Lost: London rabbi worked to end community's isolation

Oct. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Rabbi Avrohom Pinter gave his life to save his neighbors. When the British government ordered a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, Pinter went door-to-door in northeast London to deliver the public health warning to the ultra-Orthodox Jews in his community. Within days, the...

Pakistan cleric killed in apparent sectarian attack

Oct. 11, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a religious scholar who belongs to a little-known branch of Islam in Pakistan's bustling city of Karachi, police said on Sunday. The killing of Maulana Adil Khan was immediately condemned and seen as an attempt to trigger sectarian...

Israeli police try to control a crowd of mourners during the funeral of Rabbi Mordechai Leifer, the latest in a string of clashes between security forces and ultra-Orthodox Jews violating a national coronavirus lockdown order, in the port city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The late rabbi, who had been the spiritual leader of a small ultra-Orthodox community founded a century ago in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh, died Sunday after a long bout with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israeli police clash with mourners at rabbi's funeral

Oct. 5, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — Israeli police on Monday scuffled with mourners at the funeral of a revered rabbi — the latest in a string of clashes between security forces and ultra-Orthodox Jews violating a national coronavirus lockdown order. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police reached an...