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Dutch prosecutors consider terror motive in tram shooting

Mar. 19, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Investigators probing the deadly tram shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht sharpened their focus Tuesday on a possible extremist motive, as judicial authorities revealed that the main suspect was released from jail this month and faces a rape trial in July. The nature of the...

Erdogan again airs attack video at rally despite criticism

Mar. 19, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam. Speaking at a campaign rally in...

Building bridges: Soccer diplomacy in divided Cyprus

Mar. 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An initiative to build bridges between the Greek and Turkish speaking communities of ethnically split Cyprus faltered after the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots skipped a soccer match over a dispute of the game's location. Mustafa Akinci said Tuesday he couldn't attend...

The Latest: Internet firms add NZ video to shared database

Mar. 19, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Wednesday A group of big internet companies says it has added more than 800 different versions of the New Zealand mosque shooting video to a shared database used to block violent terrorist...

Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor fears terrorism

Mar. 18, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only days after the murderous rampage in New Zealand. Authorities seized a Turkish-born suspect after a manhunt that...

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

Mar. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 11:45 a.m. New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques. The Government...

The Latest: Turkey condemns Dutch tram attack

Mar. 18, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in a tram in the Netherlands (all times local): 8 p.m. Turkey's foreign ministry has condemned the Utrecht tram shooting that killed at least three people.  In a written statement Monday, the ministry said it "strongly" condemned the attack,...

Turkey announces operation against Kurdish rebels

Mar. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has announced a military operation against Kurdish militants along its eastern border with Iran. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says the operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, began Monday. He described it as a joint operation with Iran, but Iran's...

Erdogan shows New Zealand attack video in weekend rallies

Mar. 18, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president showed parts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand to comment on what he called rising Islamophobia. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed the clips over the weekend during campaign rallies for March 31 local elections. The...

The Latest: New Zealand's biggest gun show is canceled

Mar. 17, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local): 10 a.m. The organizers of New Zealand's largest gun show say they have canceled the event to show respect for victims of the Christchurch massacre and because of "elevated security risks."...