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Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

Dec. 11, 2019 7:59 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...

Man charged with hate crime in attack on Sikh Uber driver

Dec. 11, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham man has been charged with a hate crime after an attack on an Uber driver who wears a turban and is a follower of the Sikh religion. KOMO-TV reports Grifin L. Sayers, 22, was charged this week in Whatcom County Superior Court with malicious harassment and assault....

Soros attacks in impeachment saga spark anti-Semitism debate

Dec. 11, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Near the end of a marathon impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives last month, former White House national security aide Fiona Hill tied conservative jabs at George Soros to “the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history.” Anti-Soros theories amplified by conservatives...

Driver who intentionally hit Somali boy near mosque pleads

Dec. 11, 2019 1:38 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who intentionally drove into and killed a Somali teenager outside a mosque in December 2014 has entered an Alford plea to second-degree murder. Court documents show Ahmed Aden, 39, entered the plea earlier the week in the killing of Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein outside the Somali...

Shooting survivor sues Southern California synagogue

Dec. 8, 2019 3:52 PM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A man wounded in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue is suing the house of worship, alleging Chabad of Poway didn't use federal funds meant to hire security to protect worshipers, according to a newspaper report. In the lawsuit obtained by Los Angeles Times, Almog Peretz claims...

2 killed in fire at Tulsa church damaged by July blaze

Dec. 7, 2019 11:56 AM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities continue investigating the cause of a deadly fire in which two people were killed at a Tulsa church that had been closed after an earlier fire in July. The Tulsa World reports firefighters battled the blaze for about four hours after it began early Friday morning at the...

India's Muslims split in response to Hindu temple verdict

Dec. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favors Hindus’ right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated...

Muslim man sues union, Boston College over mandatory dues

Dec. 5, 2019 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Anti-union groups are hailing a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court by a Muslim electrician against a union and Boston College. Ardeshir Ansari filed the suit last month after he informed the school and the Service Employees International Union 32BJ District 615 last fall...

Correction: Burkina Faso-Church Attacked story

Dec. 2, 2019 7:18 AM EST

In a story Dec. 2 about an attack in Burkina Faso, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an attack on a convoy carrying employees of a mining company occurred in October. The attack occurred in November. A corrected version of the story is below: Burkina Faso leader says 14 slain in attack on church The...

Buddhist nationalists claim victory in Sri Lankan election

Nov. 27, 2019 12:54 AM EST

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) — In this mountain city that was for centuries home to Sri Lanka’s kings and in recent years has been riven by religious violence, Buddhist nationalists are rejoicing the election of the country’s newest leader. They hope he ushers in another golden era for the...