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Kirin investigates if donations went to Myanmar's forces

Jun. 15, 2018 8:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether donations intended for charity instead went to Myanmar's military, which is accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims. Amnesty International has urged Japanese authorities to look into donations Kirin's subsidiary Myanmar Brewery...

South African police kill man after fatal mosque attack

Jun. 14, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man fatally stabbed two people on Thursday and wounded several others at a mosque near Cape Town before police shot and killed the attacker, authorities said. The assailant, believed to be in his thirties, charged police who had tried to persuade him to surrender after the attack in...

Cops probe shooting death of naked woman found near church

Jun. 12, 2018 8:38 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a naked woman found dead outside a church in Philadelphia has been shot in the head. It's not clear why or how the shooting occurred. The woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, was wearing only socks when she was found near St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church. She...

Priest fatally shot at altar of Philippine Catholic church

Jun. 11, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

ZARAGOZA, Philippines (AP) — Two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he prepared to celebrate Mass at the altar of a chapel in the northern Philippines, in the latest deadly attack on a priest in Asia's largest predominantly Catholic nation, police said Monday. The two men shot the Rev. Richmond Nilo...

Rohingya upset UN agreement didn't address citizenship

Jun. 9, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar said they were disappointed that a U.N. agreement signed earlier this week did not address one of their key demands: Citizenship. Most refugees say they are desperate to go home, but fear going back unless they are given...

Lawsuit: Government negligent in Texas church massacre

Jun. 8, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A family that lost several relatives during a mass shooting at a Texas church says the federal government was negligent by failing to report the gunman's criminal information to a national database, according to a lawsuit filed this week. The suit, filed in federal court in San Antonio, said...

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in church shooting

Jun. 7, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A district attorney's office in Tennessee says it won't seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September. Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk's office announced its plans Thursday to instead...

Gunmen kill 4 praying at mosque in eastern Afghanistan

Jun. 7, 2018 12:33 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say four people praying at a mosque have been shot to death in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province. Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attackers opened fire from a car Wednesday afternoon while more than 15 people were praying in the mosque....

Explosions rip through Baghdad mosque, killing 10

Jun. 6, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A pair of explosions ripped through a mosque in a mostly Shiite district of Iraq's capital Wednesday, killing at least 10 worshippers, including two children, security officials said. They said the blasts in Baghdad's Sadr City district also wounded 25 people, almost completely destroyed the...

Woman serving life in 2008 church slaying dies in prison

Jun. 5, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — A woman convicted of killing a fellow parishioner in a suburban Philadelphia church a decade ago has died in prison. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday that 75-year-old Mary Jane Fonder died of cardiac arrest Monday at the State Correctional Institution in Muncy....