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Syrian refugee indicted on charges he plotted to bomb church

Jul. 18, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury is accusing a Syrian refugee of plotting to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh to inspire Islamic State of Iraq followers. The jury handed up a three-count indictment Wednesday against 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident Mustafa Mousab Alowemer. He's charged with...

Bosnian Muslims mark 1995 massacre of thousands with burials

Jul. 11, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of mourners gathered Thursday to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II, as Serbian officials continued to dispute that genocide was committed in the eastern Bosnian enclave. Relatives...

Islamic State claims bombing in Shiite mosque that killed 2

Jul. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State group affiliate has claimed responsibility for a bombing in a Shiite mosque in central Afghanistan's Ghazni province that killed two people and injured 20 others. Provincial governor's spokesman Arif Noori says an explosive devise detonated during evening prayers...

China locks down Xinjiang a decade after deadly ethnic riots

Jul. 5, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A decade after deadly riots tore through his hometown, Kamilane Abudushalamu still vividly recalls the violence that left him an exile. On July 5, 2009, Abudushalamu was hiding with his father on the 10th floor of an office tower in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang region that is...

Toddler fatally run over outside South Carolina church

Jul. 1, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a toddler has died after being run over in a church parking lot. South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones tells news outlets that the girl was hit Sunday afternoon by a driver who was moving a Honda van outside the Johnsonville church....

3 plead guilty in plot to attack Muslims of America enclave

Jun. 28, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Three young men accused of plotting to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York with homemade explosives pleaded guilty Friday. The three men and a 16-year-old high school student from the Rochester area were arrested in January and accused of planning to attack the community of...

Gunman wounds 2, kills himself in attack near French mosque

Jun. 27, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An unidentified gunman shot and wounded an imam and one other person Thursday in front of a mosque in the western French city of Brest, then killed himself, police said. The motive for the attack is unclear. France's interior minister ordered security tightened at places of worship around the...

Driver killed when pickup truck crashes into church

Jun. 27, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

WOODLYN, Pa. (AP) — A driver has died after crashing his pickup truck into the side of a church in southeastern Pennsylvania. The accident in Woodlyn occurred around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. It was witnessed by a police officer whose vehicle happened to be in the Woodlyn Baptist Church parking lot at the time....

Syrian refugee held for trial in alleged church bomb plot

Jun. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A young Syrian refugee was ordered to remain behind bars until his trial on charges he plotted to bomb a Pittsburgh church to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, who came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2016, was arrested Wednesday while meeting with...

FBI investigates after explosives found on Pride display

Jun. 20, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation after explosives were found on a church's display supporting LGBTQ Pride Month in Washington state. The Seattle Times reports a member of the United Christian Church called Renton police to report possible arson Wednesday morning. Pastor Cynthia Meyer...