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Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills 2

May. 24, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said. According to Kabul police chief's spokesman, Basir Mujahid, the bomb was concealed in the microphone used to...

Pakistan official: Bomb at Quetta mosque kills 2, wounds 28

May. 24, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bombing Friday at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, killed two people, including the prayer leader, and wounded 28 worshippers, officials said. The blast took place at the mosque in the city's Pashtoonabad neighborhood during...

Jury returns to deliberate in Tennessee church shooting case

May. 24, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors in Tennessee are deliberating the fate of a black man who killed a woman and wounded seven people at a Nashville church in apparent revenge for the racist massacre of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. Twenty-seven-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson is charged...

Judge denies request to dismiss lawsuits over church attack

May. 23, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a defense request to claims against the U.S. Air Force stemming from a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen people dead. Relatives of those killed or injured at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs sued the federal...

Jail calls: Suspect, ex laughed at Tennessee church shooting

May. 23, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors on Thursday heard jail calls in which a suspect charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church in 2017 laughs about it with his then-girlfriend. The October 2017 calls were replayed in court Thursday in the Nashville trial of 27-year-old...

The Latest: Jurors break for night in church shooting case

May. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee church shooting suspect's trial (all times local): 5 p.m. A jury will return to consider whether to convict a man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville, Tennessee, church in 2017. Jurors left without a verdict...

Lawyer: Synagogue massacre suspect wants plea deal

May. 23, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre still wants to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, his lawyer said Thursday. Judy Clarke told a judge she hopes the case against Robert Bowers can be resolved without a trial. The 46-year-old truck driver wasn't in court....

California synagogue honors woman slain in gunman's attack

May. 23, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California synagogue where a gunman killed a woman and wounded three other people dedicated a new Torah scroll — the holiest object in Judaism — to the slain woman on Wednesday. The handwritten Biblical scroll had the final letters inked by a scribe during a...

Defendant says he doesn't recall if he shot 8 at church

May. 22, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting one person and wounding seven others at a Nashville church in 2017 testified Wednesday that he can't remember if he did it. In a Nashville courtroom, a prosecutor repeatedly asked 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson about his testimony that he had...

Dutch prime minister, populist leader clash in Europe debate

May. 22, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister clashed Wednesday with the leader of a right-wing populist party over immigration and whether the Netherlands should remain in the European Union in a debate on the eve of European Parliament elections. The debate in Amsterdam between center-right...