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Part of the steeple falls from the Urban Bible Fellowship Church in East Baltimore during a four-alarm fire on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Baltimore firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at the nearly 200-year-old church. The department said no injuries were reported.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Blaze engulfs historic Baltimore church, topples its steeple

Mar. 28, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that sent flames shooting through the steeple of a church that traces its origins back more than 150 years. Photos of the fire posted by the Baltimore City Fire Department on Twitter showed orange flames coming from the top of the steeple...

Afghan Sikh men mourn their beloved ones during a funeral procession for those who were killed on Wednesday by a lone Islamic State gunman, rampaged through a Sikh house of worship, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. An explosive device disrupted Thursday's funeral service for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority community, killed in an attack by the Islamic State group on their house of worship in the heart of the capital. (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary)

Bomb disrupts funeral for 25 Sikhs killed in Afghan capital

Mar. 26, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An explosive device disrupted Thursday's funeral service for 25 members of Afghanistan's Sikh minority community who had been killed by the Islamic State group. No one was hurt in the blast, the Afghan Interior Ministry said. The explosion went off Thursday near the gate of a...

In this image made from a video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in a screen via video link in Christchurch, New Zealand Thursday, March 26, 2020. One year after killing 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques, the Australian white supremacist accused of the slaughter has changed his plea to guilty. (TVNZ Pool via AP)

New Zealand mosque gunman pleads guilty to murder, terrorism

Mar. 25, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand's modern history when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday. The attacks targeting people praying at the mosques a year ago shocked the nation and...

Family members cry after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city on Wednesday, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

Mar. 25, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for several hours while Afghan special...

Man charged in New Zealand mosque shootings changes plea to guilty.

Mar. 25, 2020 6:43 PM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Man charged in New Zealand mosque shootings changes plea to guilty.

Afghan authorities raise death toll from Islamic State group's attack on Sikh place of worship in Kabul to 25 killed

Mar. 25, 2020 6:21 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities raise death toll from Islamic State group's attack on Sikh place of worship in Kabul to 25 killed.

Leader of Amish beard-cutting attacks will get to go home

Mar. 23, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio who was sentenced to prison for beard- and hair-cutting attacks will get to to serve the rest of his sentence at home after his attorney argued the new coronavirus puts the 74-year-old bishop at risk. Sam Mullet Sr. was moved to a halfway...

Pakistan government spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan consults with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 16, 2020. Khan said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate developing nations' economies, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world's poorer countries. In an interview with The Associated Press he also called for an end to sanctions on Iran saying they were crippling the poor nation's ability to even contain the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistan PM warns new virus may devastate developing nations

Mar. 17, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world's poorer countries. In an interview with The Associated Press, Imran Khan criticized recent...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Al Noor mosque shooting survivor Temel Atacocugu points to the scar of a bullet wound in his arm during an interview at his home in Christchurch, New Zealand. When the gunman walked into the mosque, Atacocugu was kneeling for Friday prayers. He looked up into the man's face, thinking he was a police officer because of his paramilitary outfit. Time slowed. Temel saw a puff of smoke come from the raised gun, felt a bullet smash into his teeth, and thought:

Shot 9 times during mosque massacre, survivor overcomes fear

Mar. 15, 2020 1:37 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — When the gunman walked into the Al Noor mosque, Temel Atacocugu was kneeling for Friday prayers. He looked up into the man’s face, thinking he was a police officer because of his paramilitary outfit. Time slowed. Atacocugu saw a puff of smoke come from the raised...

Survivor of the Al Noor mosque shootings, Temel Atacocugu, center, exchanges a hongi with a member of the Tu Tangata motorcycle club outside the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 15, 2020. A national memorial in New Zealand to commemorate the 51 people who were killed when a gunman attacked two mosques one year ago has been canceled due to fears over the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Christchurch marks anniversary of mosque shootings

Mar. 15, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — People in the New Zealand city of Christchurch honored the 51 worshipers who were killed in a mass shooting a year ago in small but poignant ways Sunday, after a planned national memorial event was canceled due to fears it might spread the new coronavirus. Outside the Al...