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Central African Republic massacres leave more than 50 dead

May. 23, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — More than 50 people were reportedly killed in an attack by a militia on several villages in the Central African Republic's volatile northwest near the border with Chad, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MINUSMA,...

Lawyer: Synagogue massacre suspect wants plea deal

May. 23, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, his lawyer said Thursday. Judy Clarke told a judge she hopes the case against Robert Bowers can be resolved without a trial. The 46-year-old truck driver wasn't in court....

Pittsburgh won't enforce gun controls until suits resolved

May. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A county judge ordered Pittsburgh on Friday not to enforce firearms restrictions inspired by the deadly synagogue shooting in the city until lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved, a decision reached after all parties agreed to the stay. Attorney Eric Tirschwell of gun-control advocacy...

AP Explains: Militias have patrolled US border for decades

May. 12, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An armed group in New Mexico whose leader faces federal firearms possession charges drew national attention last month for detaining asylum-seeking Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border. It's not the first time an armed militia patrolled the border amid immigration...

Gunman told 911 'I just shot up a synagogue' after attack

May. 10, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As the 19-year-old college student sped away in his 2012 Honda Civic, he dialed 911 and said: "I just shot up a synagogue." He told the dispatcher that he thought he had killed some people and that he did it "because Jewish people are destroying the white race." The chilling account in a...

Prosecutors say synagogue gunman boasted of hate for Jews

May. 9, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gunman who killed a woman and wounded three during services at a Southern California synagogue later told a 911 dispatcher he had done it because "the Jewish people are destroying the white race," prosecutors said Thursday in announcing 109 hate crime and other charges against the...

Pittsburgh synagogue attack inspires new hate crimes bills

May. 9, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania are introducing a package of hate-crimes bills that are inspired by a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshippers. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Thursday the October attack at the Tree of Life synagogue showed that...

Jewish schools seek piece of public grants for security

May. 7, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid a rise of violent attacks against the Jewish community, students and staff members at Jewish day schools in the same neighborhood as the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of October's mass shooting are asking state lawmakers for help paying for security measures. They went...

Anti-Semitic attacks spike, killing most Jews in decades

May. 1, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli researchers reported Wednesday that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades, leading to an "increasing sense of emergency" among Jewish communities worldwide. Capped by the...

Report: Violent anti-Semitic attacks in US doubled in 2018

Apr. 30, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

Violent attacks against the Jewish community in the United States doubled last year, while overall attacks that also include vandalism and harassment remained near record-high levels, the Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday. The Jewish civil rights group released its annual census of anti-Semitic incidents...