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Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

Jan. 17, 2022 17:13 PM EST

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — The rabbi of a Texas synagogue where a gunman took hostages during livestreamed services said Monday that he threw a chair at his captor before escaping with two others after an hourslong standoff, crediting past security training for getting himself and his congregants...

Hindu monk jailed after calling for 'genocide' of Muslims

Jan. 17, 2022 06:29 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have charged a Hindu monk with inciting religious violence after he called for the “genocide” of India's Muslims at a meeting of right-wing supporters, police said Monday. Senior police officer Swatantra Kumar said Yati Narsinghanand Giri, an...

FBI identifies man killed after taking hostages at Texas synagogue as 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram

Jan. 16, 2022 12:37 PM EST
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — FBI identifies man killed after taking hostages at Texas synagogue as 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram.

Top Indian court intervenes in hate speeches against Muslims

Jan. 12, 2022 05:14 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Wednesday said it will take up a petition seeking prosecution of several saffron-robed Hindu religious leaders for allegedly making highly provocative speeches against Muslims at a closed-door meeting last month. Three Supreme Court judges...

Rabbi wounded in synagogue shooting sentenced for fraud

Jan. 05, 2022 20:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A rabbi who was badly wounded in a deadly antisemitic attack at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Southern California was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in federal prison for running a multimillion-dollar donation fraud, authorities said. Yisroel Goldstein, 60, also...

Indonesian prosecutors seek life for Bali bombing suspect

Jan. 05, 2022 02:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for a top terror suspect who eluded capture for 18 years and accused him of masterminding a series of deadly attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Aris Sumarsono, 58, whose real...

Church shooting survivor gives scholarships to prison nurses

Jan. 04, 2022 17:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One of the survivors of a racist massacre at an African American church in South Carolina has started giving out scholarships from her foundation to students who want to provide health care to prisoners. Polly Daniels Sheppard set aside money from speaking...

Muslim woman sues Missouri gun shop over hijab removal rule

Jan. 04, 2022 13:25 PM EST

(AP) — A firearms store and gun range in suburban Kansas City refused to let a Muslim woman use the range unless she removed her hijab, a Muslim civil rights organization alleged in a federal lawsuit. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the...

Last parent of a child killed in 1963 church bombing dies

Jan. 02, 2022 21:26 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Maxine McNair, the last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing, died Sunday. She was 93. McNair's family announced her death in a press release. A cause of death was not given. McNair's daughter,...

Hindu religious leader held for insulting Gandhi in India

Dec. 30, 2021 02:09 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu religious leader for allegedly making a derogatory speech against India’s independence leader Mohandas Gandhi and praising his assassin. Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu extremist during a prayer meeting in the...