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Trial resumes for suspects in 2015 Bangkok shrine bombing

Nov. 22, 2022 07:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Tuesday resumed the long-delayed trial of two members of China's Muslim Uyghur minority accused of carrying out a 2015 bombing at a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people. Another 120 people were injured in the Aug. 17, 2015, bombing of the Erawan...

New cemetery chapel honors victims of synagogue attack

Nov. 16, 2022 21:19 PM EST

SHALER, Pa. (AP) — Until recently it was a garage with a dirt floor. But what had been an outbuilding for the cemetery of New Light Congregation has been transformed into a chapel with stained glass windows and other mementos honoring victims of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. ...

Man sentenced to life in slaying of Oklahoma pastor

Nov. 16, 2022 11:33 AM EST

ADA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to fatally shooting a pastor at the request of the pastor’s wife. Kahlil Square pleaded guilty in September to first-degree murder in the 2021 shooting death of David Evans in Ada while...

Man charged in connection with online threat to synagogues

Nov. 10, 2022 15:34 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of posting a broad online threat last week that spurred heightened security at Jewish synagogues and schools in New Jersey expressed admiration for white-supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof and said his planned attack was in retaliation for the 2019 mosque...

7 killed as Philippine troops clash with Muslim rebels

Nov. 09, 2022 22:58 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have clashed with Muslim guerrillas in a southern village, leaving at least three soldiers and four rebels dead and sparking fears that an escalation could threaten a 2014 peace pact that has considerably eased years of heavy fighting. ...

Syrian refugee gets 17 years in church bomb plot case

Nov. 09, 2022 17:42 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Syrian refugee has been sentenced to more than 17 years in what authorities said was a plot to plot to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 24, was sentenced Tuesday to 17 years and four months on a guilty plea last year to a federal...

Man who killed 51 in New Zealand mosque attacks files appeal

Nov. 07, 2022 23:39 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who slaughtered 51 Muslim worshippers during the deadliest mass-shooting in New Zealand's history is appealing his conviction and sentence. New Zealand's Court of Appeal confirmed Tuesday that gunman Brenton Tarrant had filed the appeal last...

Son of suspect in Muslim slayings to make plea on gun charge

Nov. 07, 2022 19:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The son of an Afghan refugee suspected in the shooting deaths of four Muslim men in New Mexico has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a charge that he provided a false address when buying two guns last year. Court records...

Man charged in Alabama church shooting fighting mental test

Nov. 07, 2022 13:08 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man facing a potential death penalty in the killing of three people who were shot at an Alabama church dinner in June is fighting a court-ordered mental evaluation requested by prosecutors. Robert Findlay Smith, 70, hasn't told a court he plans to use a...

Church elder sentenced to life for killing pastor-wife

Nov. 03, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former elder in a Kansas City, Missouri, church was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for killing his wife, who was an associate pastor. Robert Lee Harris' sentencing comes after he was found guilty in August of first-degree murder in the death of...