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US envoy to resume talks with Taliban on ending Afghan war

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate. Zalmay Khalilzad also will...

FBI: Truck driver threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

Aug. 20, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

A truck driver who threatened to "shoot up" a church in Memphis and said he was haunted by "spiritual snakes and spiders" people put in his bed was arrested in Indiana, less than a week before the day of the planned attacks, authorities said in newly filed court records. Thomas Matthew McVicker was arrested in...

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

Police: 2nd mosque prayer leader killed in SW Pakistan

Aug. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police said Saturday that a second mosque's prayer leader had been killed in as many days near the southwestern city of Quetta. Mohammad Azam was shot dead in front of a grocery store, according to Shafqat Mahmood, a police officer in Kuchlak, where the attacks occurred....

2 men sentenced for plotting to attack Muslim community

Aug. 16, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Two of four young men arrested for plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community with homemade explosives were sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in prison. Brian Colaneri, 20, and Andrew Crysel, 19, pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy in June. They and two others from...

Priest already deemed sexually violent sentenced again

Aug. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first Catholic priest in the U.S. to be labeled sexually violent when he was convicted in Illinois was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing two boys in Missouri in the 1990s. Fred Lenczycki, 75, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of sodomy for crimes that occurred from...

Police: Mosque bombing in southwest Pakistan kills 4 people

Aug. 16, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb exploded inside a mosque during Friday prayers on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta, where the Afghan Taliban have had a strong presence, killing at least four worshippers, including the prayer leader, officials said. Abdul Ali, a local police chief,...

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle...

Police say would-be copper thief shot at Tulsa church

Aug. 15, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man apparently trying to steal copper from a north Tulsa church was shot and wounded by a church member. Police say there have been several copper thefts from North Sheridan Church of Christ in recent weeks and officers were called to an apparent theft Wednesday...

Berlin police investigating attack on rabbi, 2nd in 2 weeks

Aug. 15, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police are investigating an attack on a rabbi, the second in as many weeks in the German capital. Police said Thursday the victim, identifiable as Jewish by his attire, was pushed to the ground by two unidentified suspects while walking in the Charlottenburg neighborhood Tuesday...