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Sheriff: Deputy shot armed man who disrupted church service

May. 24, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

WAXHAW, N.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday, authorities said. Investigators were trying to determine why the man, whose injuries...

Israeli right-wing activist Amiram Ben-Uliel arrives at a district court for a verdict in the city of Lod, Israel, Monday, May 18, 2020. An Israeli district court has convicted Ben-Uliel of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents. (Avshalom Sassoni/Pool Photo via AP)

Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

May. 18, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli district court on Monday convicted a Jewish extremist of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, a case that had sent shock waves through Israel and helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The court ruled that the Jewish...

Montenegrin police officers block the street during a protest in Niksic, Montenegro, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Montenegrin police used tear gas to disperse protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests who were detained for organizing a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Montenegro: Dozens detained in clashes over priests' arrests

May. 14, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak. ...

Commissioner nixes church fundraiser killer's latest appeal

May. 11, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware court commissioner is recommending that a judge dismiss the latest appeal by a man serving life in prison for a fatal shooting at a church fundraiser. Seventy-year-old Monir George was found guilty but mentally ill after killing 63-year-old Malak Michael in 2008 at a...

Pittsburgh appeals judge's rejection of firearm restrictions

May. 4, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Pittsburgh are asking a state court to overturn a judge's order striking down firearm restrictions approved after a 2018 mass shooting at a synagogue. The three ordinances were approved in April 2019 following the October 2018 mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s...

Erdogan backs cleric who claims homosexuality brings disease

Apr. 27, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threw his weight behind Turkey’s top Muslim cleric, who caused a storm by claiming homosexuality “brings disease and causes this generation to decay.” In his first sermon during the holy month of Ramadan on Friday, Ali...

Online service honors life of woman killed in synagogue

Apr. 27, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — An online memorial service has celebrated the life of a woman who was killed in a California synagogue shooting a year ago. Rabbi Mendel Goldstein of the Chabad of Poway synagogue led a taped tribute Sunday to 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed shielding...

Online service celebrates woman killed in synagogue shooting

Apr. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — Members and supporters of the Jewish faith used an online memorial service to celebrate the life of a woman who was killed in a California synagogue shooting a year ago. Rabbi Mendel Goldstein of the Chabad of Poway synagogue led a taped tribute Sunday to 60-year-old Lori...

FILE -- In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, candles and flowers are placed in front of a synagogue in Halle, Germany after a heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into the synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack.  Sign reads,

Experts: Coronavirus brings spike in anti-Semitic sentiments

Apr. 20, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli researchers reported Monday that the global coronavirus outbreak has sparked a rise in anti-Semitic expression blaming Jews for the spread of the disease and the economic recession it has caused. The findings, which came in an annual report by Tel Aviv University researchers...

Lawyer for Hanukkah stabbing suspect seeks to exhume victim

Apr. 15, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

RAMAPO, N.Y. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of committing an anti-Semitic attack with a machete wants the body of the victim who later died to be exhumed. Attorney Michael Sussman wants the body of Josef Neumann exhumed for an autopsy, The Journal News reported. Neumann was one of five people...