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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, former El Salvadoran military Col. Inocente Orlando Montano departs federal court, in Boston. Spain’s National Court on Friday Sept. 11, 2020, has condemned the former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. They ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s vice minister for public security during the country’s 1979-1992 civil war, was responsible for the 1989  “terrorist assassinations.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Spain imprisons ex-colonel for Jesuits slain in El Salvador

Sep. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A court in Spain on Friday sentenced a former Salvadoran colonel to 133 years in prison for the slaying of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago. Spain’s National Court ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano, a former colonel who served as El Salvador’s...

Suicide bomber kills 2, wounds 6 outside mosque in Somalia

Sep. 11, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in the southern port city of Kismayo as Friday prayers ended, killing two people. Sahal Nur told The Associated Press that the bomber detonated his explosives belt near the gate of the mosque as worshippers were...

A boy holds a photograph of his father and mourns after he was killed in a gas pipeline explosion, at a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside the capital of Bangladesh, leaving at least 11 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns, officials said Saturday. The blast occurred Friday night as people were finishing their prayers at Baitus Salat Jame Mosque at Narayanganj, local police chief Zayedul Alam said. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Death toll from Bangladesh mosque explosion rises to 24

Sep. 6, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital rose to 24 on Sunday while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers. A 7-year-old boy who went to pray with his father in Narayanganj district...

Doctors treat a burn Muslim worshipper in a hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Dozens of Muslim worshipers suffered burn injuries critically during evening prayers after explosions of a gas pipeline installed underground near a mosque outside Bangladesh capital, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Abdul Goni)

Gas pipeline blast kills 16 praying at Bangladesh mosque

Sep. 5, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Bangladesh's capital, leaving 16 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns, officials said Saturday. The blast occurred Friday night as people were finishing their prayers at...

2 held in Romania in connection with slain German ex-pastor

Sep. 2, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two men have been arrested in Romania in connection with the July slaying of a former pastor in Berlin, German police said Wednesday. Romanian authorities took the two men, aged 20 and 24, into custody on a German warrant on Aug. 21, police said in a statement. It was not clear where the men...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, a shop burns after it was set on fire by a mob in New Delhi, India. Indian police violated human rights during deadly religious riots in New Delhi earlier this year, Amnesty International said in a report released Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. It said police beat protesters, tortured detainees and in some cases took part in riots with Hindu mobs. Authorities say more than 50 people were killed when clashes broke out between Hindus and Muslims over a controversial citizenship law in February in the worst rioting in the Indian capital in decades. (AP Photo)

Amnesty says India police violated rights in religious riots

Aug. 28, 2020 4:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police violated human rights during deadly religious riots in New Delhi earlier this year, Amnesty International said in a report released Friday. It said police beat protesters, tortured detainees and in some cases took part in riots with Hindu mobs. Authorities say more than 50...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks over his shoulder as he attends a bush summit in Cooma, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Morrison said he was open to allowing an Australian white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques to serve his life sentence in his homeland but the victims' wishes would be paramount. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australia open to taking gunman back from New Zealand

Aug. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday he was open to allowing an Australian white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques to serve his life sentence in his homeland but the victims’ wishes would be paramount. A transfer would buck...

A member of a social media rights group displays pictures of actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed's music video meant to depict a young bride’s joy that as shot in a mosque and went viral on the internet, at his office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. The video infuriated religious radicals who inundated social media with claims that Qamar’s dancing sullied the historic Wazir Khan Mosque. The uproar was the latest example of how trolling has exploded online in Pakistan since a lockdown, imposed in March over coronavirus concerns, confined tens of millions to their homes. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Trolls flood social media in Pakistan amid virus lockdown

Aug. 27, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — It was a music video meant to depict a young bride’s joy: Actress Saba Qamar, in a flowing white wedding gown with a golden hem, was twirled by the singer playing her groom in front of the mosaics of a 17th-century mosque in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. As soon as the...

Mosque shooting survivors from left, Mustafa Boztas, Wassail Daragmih and Temel Atacocugu celebrate as they leave the Christchurch High Court after the sentencing hearing for Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Tarrant, a white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques in March 2019 was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole

Aug. 27, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the first time the maximum available sentence has been imposed in the country. Judge Cameron Mander said the crimes...

Texas gunman had history of violence years before shooting

Aug. 26, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The man who killed more than 20 people at a Texas church shooting massacre in 2017 had threatened violence years earlier and was “completely obsessed with mass shootings," according to federal court documents. Devin Kelley killed 26 people and wounded 20 others on Nov. 5, 2017,...