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Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, in the posters, gather in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thousands took to the streets in Baghdad on Friday in a show of support for a radical Iraqi cleric ahead of elections slated for next year, stirring fears of a spike in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Clashes with cleric's supporters kill 5 in southern Iraq

Nov. 28, 2020 5:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of a firebrand Iraqi cleric shot dead five people on Saturday, according to medical officials, in overnight clashes with anti-government protesters in southern Iraq. The anti-government demonstrators attempted to bloc the path of a rally supporting Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada...

Rabbi attacked at knifepoint by woman assailant in Vienna

Nov. 27, 2020 4:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A rabbi was attacked at knifepoint in Vienna by a woman who ripped the Jewish skullcap from his head and yelled an anti-Semitic threat before fleeing, police in the Austrian capital said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday afternoon when the woman, described as about 50 years old and...

Court ruling cuts sentence for Quebec mosque shooter

Nov. 26, 2020 3:31 PM EST

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Quebec’s highest court has declared consecutive life sentences to be unconstitutional, reducing the sentence given to the man who murdered six people in a Quebec City mosque in 2017. Alexandre Bissonnette, 30, was sentenced in February 2019 to life in prison with no possibility of...

FILE - Honoree Christiane Amanpour attends Variety's Power of Women in New York on April 5, 2019. Amanpour says she regrets a comment equating Donald Trump's presidency with Kristallnacht, an attack on Jews in Nazi Germany seen historically as the launch of the Holocaust. Amanpour said on her weekday program that airs on PBS and CNN International that the Nazis were assaulting ‘fact, knowledge, history and truth.’ She said Trump attacked the same values. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CNN's Amanpour regrets equating Trump with Nazi assault

Nov. 17, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Christiane Amanpour says she regrets equating President Donald Trump's tenure to Kristallnacht, an attack on Jews in Nazi Germany seen historically as the Holocaust's launch. A prominent Jewish organization criticized Amanpour for her remarks, made last Thursday on her nightly...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, law enforcement officials investigate the site of an explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn. Michael Hari, 49, of Clarence, Illinois, is the only one of three men accused in the attack to go to trial. Two Illinois men who pleaded guilty to a 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque testified that the group's alleged ringleader, Michael Hari, recruited them for an unspecified job and didn't fill them in on his plan until they neared their target. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP, File)

2 men testify against alleged ringleader of mosque bombing

Nov. 13, 2020 6:33 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Illinois men who pleaded guilty to a 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque testified that the group's alleged ringleader recruited them for an unspecified job and didn't fill them in on his plan until they neared their target. Michael McWhorter, 31, and Joe Morris, 25, testified...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo, Asad Zaman stands at the site of a bombing in the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in the trial of the leader of an Illinois anti-government group who's accused of being the ringleader behind the bombing.  (Courtney Pedroza/Star Tribune via AP, File)/Star Tribune via AP)

Prosecutors: Man's hatred was behind Minnesota mosque attack

Nov. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The leader of an anti-government group in Illinois and alleged mastermind behind a 2017 attack on a Minnesota mosque was acting on his hatred of Muslims when he came up with a plan to pipe bomb the building during morning prayers, prosecutors said Monday. But defense attorneys for...

Rene de Reuver, speaking on behalf of the General Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, reads a statement at the Rav Aron Schuster Synagogue in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching confession of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II and even for the church's role in preparing

Dutch Protestant Church admits failing Jews in World War II

Nov. 8, 2020 1:46 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching recognition of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II, and for the church’s role in preparing ”the ground in which the seeds of anti-Semitism and hatred could...

Republican Guards carry the portraits of, from the left, victims Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loques and Brazil's Simone Barreto Silva in Nice, southern France, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020, during a ceremony in homage to the three victims of an attack at Notre-Dame de Nice Basilica on October 29, 2020. Three people were killed in an Islamic extremist attack at Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice that pushed the country into high security alert. (Valery Hache; Pool via AP)

French police quiz child apologists of teacher's beheading

Nov. 7, 2020 10:17 AM EST

LE PECQ, France (AP) — Police in France questioned four 10-year-olds who voiced support for the beheading of a schoolteacher and who said they would kill their own teacher if he lampooned Islam’s prophet, the government reported as the prime minister warned Saturday that Islamic extremists are...

This photo take on Oct. 29, 2020 shows a group of Muslim volunteers protecting the Saint-Fulcran cathedral In Lodeve, southern France. A group of French Muslims stood guard outside the Saint-Fulcran Cathedral in Lodeve for the All Saints' holiday, to protect it from eventual violence and show solidarity with Catholic churchgoers. Many welcomed the initiative, organized by local residents as a gesture of peace after a deadly Islamic extremist attack on a church in the French city of Nice. (Alain Mendez via AP)

Horrified by deadly attacks, French Muslims protect church

Nov. 6, 2020 4:31 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — As a French-born Muslim, Elyazid Benferhat’s stomach turned when he heard about a deadly Islamic extremist attack on a church in Nice. Then he decided to act. A self-described man of peace and pragmatism, Benferhat and a friend gathered a group of young Muslim men to stand guard outside...

NYPD's anti-discrimination chief linked to hateful messages

Nov. 5, 2020 7:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the New York Police Department's workplace discrimination office has been relieved of his command while officials investigate allegations that he posted hateful messages to a website where officers air grievances anonymously, the police commissioner said Thursday. Deputy...