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EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

Apr. 10, 2021 05:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer...

Texas church gunman likely planned mass shooting for months

Apr. 08, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The man who killed more than two dozen people at a Texas church in 2017 appeared to have been planning months before, according to testimony at a trial in a lawsuit alleging the Air Force failed to flag a conviction that might have prevented him from legally...

Report: Pandemic amped up anti-Semitism, forced it online

Apr. 07, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Coronavirus lockdowns last year shifted some anti-Semitic hatred online, where conspiracy theories blaming Jews for the pandemic’s medical and economic devastation abounded, Israeli researchers reported Wednesday. That’s raised concerns about a rise in...

China condemns 2 ex-Xinjiang officials in separatism cases

Apr. 07, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a former education official and a former legal official in the northwestern region of Xinjiang to death with a two-year reprieve on charges including separatism and bribe taking. Sattar Sawut and Shirzat Bawudun are the latest of many...

Newlywed militant suspects blamed in Indonesia church attack

Mar. 29, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — A recently married couple with suspected militant links used pressure cooker bombs to blow themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass, Indonesian officials said Monday. The attack wounded 20 people, including four...

Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter

Mar. 29, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the man sentenced to federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation are set to formally argue that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned. Oral arguments have been set...

Wife of Ada pastor among 2 arrested in pastor's death

Mar. 26, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

ADA, Okla. (AP) — The wife of a pastor in Ada and a man she was allegedly in a relationship with have been arrested in connection with the pastor’s fatal shooting, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Capt. Beth Green said Friday. Kristie Dawnell Evans, 47, and...

Filipino troops kill rebel commander, rescue last hostage

Mar. 21, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed an Abu Sayyaf rebel commander blamed for years of ransom kidnappings and on Sunday rescued the last of his four Indonesian captives, the military said. Marines wounded Amajan Sahidjuan in a gunbattle Saturday night and...

Georgia church disowns suspect, says he betrayed faith

Mar. 19, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

The church attended by the white man charged with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses, most of them women of Asian descent, condemned the shootings Friday and said they run contrary to the gospel and the church’s teachings. Crabapple First...

Stigmas on race, gender and sex overlap in Atlanta slayings

Mar. 19, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

Seven of the eight people killed were women; six were of Asian descent. The suspect, according to police, appeared to blame his actions on a “sex addiction." While the U.S. has seen mass killings in recent years where police said gunmen had racist or misogynist...