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Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Feb. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." The abrupt...

Security guard arrested in shooting outside LA synagogue

Feb. 15, 2019 3:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police arrested a security guard on suspicion of shooting a self-described First Amendment activist after the two engaged in a videotaped confrontation outside a Los Angeles synagogue and school. Edduin Zelayagrunfeld, 44, was arrested Thursday for investigation of assault with a deadly...

66 killed in Nigerian state before presidential election

Feb. 15, 2019 1:33 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state are reporting at least 66 deaths in a wave of violence just before the country's presidential election. Samuel Aruwan, a spokesman for Kaduna state's governor, said Friday that the victims include 22 children. He blamed a "criminal element" for...

Alleged leader pleads not guilty in Minnesota mosque bombing

Feb. 15, 2019 10:50 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors allege 47-year-old Michael Hari was the ringleader of an Illinois-based militia and that the trio drove more than 500...

Egypt official: Home-made bomb explodes near mosque, 3 hurt

Feb. 15, 2019 7:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says a home-made bomb has exploded near a mosque in Cairo's district of Giza, leaving three people wounded. The official says the blast took place during Friday prayers near al-Istaqama mosque in a busy square in the heart of Giza. Police sealed off the entire...

Sentencing rescheduled for man accused of attacking priest

Feb. 14, 2019 10:57 AM EST

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of attacking a priest in North Dakota will be sentenced later this month for attempted murder. Authorities say 43-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, attacked the Rev. Robert Wapenski at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose a year ago in a...

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Feb. 11, 2019 1:22 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and dozens of other counts Monday, but his new lawyer — a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers — signaled he might be open to a plea deal....

The Latest: Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Feb. 11, 2019 9:41 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the arraignment for the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter (all times local): 9:40 a.m. A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue has pleaded not guilty. Forty-six-year-old Robert Bowers was in federal court...

Report: Finnish SS volunteers likely killed Jews in WWII

Feb. 10, 2019 3:45 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — An Israeli Holocaust historian praised authorities in Finland on Sunday for publishing a report that concluded Finnish volunteers serving with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS "very likely" took part in World War II atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon...

Canadian judge sentences man who killed 6 at mosque

Feb. 8, 2019 6:23 PM EST

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — A French-Canadian man who shot dead six Muslim men in a Quebec City mosque in 2017 has been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole. Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot called Alexandre Bissonnette's attack gratuitous and insidious as he handed down...