Religious strife - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Religious strife Police: Man slays neo-Nazi roommates over Islam disrespect A Florida man told police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies. Devon Arthurs, 18, told police he had until recently shared his roommates' neo-Nazi beliefs but that he converted to Islam, acc... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:10:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:10:00Z The Latest: Trump asks Mideast to extinguish extremism RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is imploring Middle Eastern countries to extinguish what he calls "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region. Speaking Sunday to Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Trump described the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:18:00Z Contradictions add up during Trump's Saudi visit WASHINGTON (AP) — As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama for failing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism." He accused the foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton of corruption for accepting charitable contributions from Saudi Arabia and chastised first lady Michelle Obama for not covering her head during a visit to the Ki... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:47:00Z Egypt refers militants to military trial over church attacks CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 48 suspected Islamic militants to a military trial over their alleged participation in deadly attacks targeting Christian churches. The attacks on a church in Cairo and two north of the Egyptian capital took place between December and April, leaving at least 75 people, mostly Christians, dead and scores wounded. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 13:53:00 GMT 2017-05-21T13:53:00Z Christian sect attacks Congo prison, frees leader, 50 others KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Christian sect members stormed a prison in Congo's capital Wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, Congo's justice minister said. Bundu dia Kongo movement leader Ne Mwanda Nsemi is now on the run after the 4 a.m. attack on Makala prison in Kinshasa, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told local radio station Top Congo FM. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:27:00Z Monitoring group offers mixed review of rights in Pakistan ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent watchdog on Wednesday offered a mixed report card in its annual look at the state of human rights in Pakistan, welcoming the enactment of new laws to protect women but decrying an uptick in religiously motivated vigilantism. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said the country was among the world's most prolific enforce... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:02:00 GMT 2017-05-10T13:02:00Z 4 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a U.N. convoy, sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the battle Mon... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:39:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:39:00Z IS leader in Egypt vows to step up attacks on Christians CAIRO (AP) — The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt vowed to escalate attacks against Christians, urging Muslims to steer clear of Christian gatherings and western embassies as they are targets of their group's militants. "Targeting the churches is part of our war on infidels," the unidentified leader said in a lengthy interview published by th... Fri, 05 May 2017 17:52:00 GMT 2017-05-05T17:52:00Z Ex-student pleads to California school rampage that killed 7 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A disgruntled former nursing student pleaded no contest Tuesday to killing seven people at a Northern California vocational college and will spend the rest of his life in prison. One Goh also pleaded no contest Tuesday to injuring three others during his 2012 rampage at Oikos University in Oakland, California. He wi... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:51:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:51:00Z Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country's tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants. Military helicopters flew overhead and ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-04-29T21:41:00Z Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo CAIRO (AP) — Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force Saturday as Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the final day of a visit aimed at comforting Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants. Despite the security concerns, Francis zoomed around the Cairo sports stadium ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:11:00 GMT 2017-04-29T13:11:00Z Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country's stability. About a dozen monks and scores of supporters gathered Friday afternoon near the two Muslim madrassas while police stoo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:29:00Z Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's army chief and defense minister resigned on Monday, following a Taliban attack over the weekend that struck a northern army base, killing more than 100 military and other personnel, officials said. The attack — the biggest ever by the Taliban on a military base in Afghanistan — involved multiple gunmen and suicide b... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-04-24T14:19:00Z Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, but other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. university campuses, according to a report released Sunday. Researchers at Tel Aviv University said assaults specifically targeting Jews, vandalism and other violent incidents fell 12 ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:48:00 GMT 2017-04-23T11:48:00Z US Sikhs launch ad campaign that looks to push back on hate NEW YORK (AP) — Sikhs in the United States are launching a million-dollar awareness campaign that aims to stop hate-fueled attacks by explaining more about who they are and what they believe. The "We are Sikhs" campaign was years in the making, funded by Sikh leaders and their families across a dozen cities, who have been swept up in anti-Muslim sentiment since the Sept. 11 ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:39:00 GMT 2017-04-12T18:39:00Z Killing of key militant a success and worry for Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The killing of a Muslim extremist leader on a resort island in the central Philippines this week was a clear victory for the military, but it also drove home an unsettling reality: that the militants are venturing farther from their jungle hideouts to spread terror. Military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said that troops recov... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:40:00 GMT 2017-04-12T13:40:00Z Attacks test Egypt's president who orders state of emergency CAIRO (AP) — Egypt imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency Monday as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sought to ease public anger and take a tougher stand against Islamic extremists after suicide bombings at two Coptic Christian churches killed 45 people. A day after the Palm Sunday bloodshed, the Interior Ministry said it killed seven Islamic ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:41:00 GMT 2017-04-11T00:41:00Z Suicide bombers kill 44 at Palm Sunday services in Egypt TANTA, Egypt (AP) — Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government that led the president to call for a three-month state of emergency. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence, adding to fears that ex... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-10T00:07:00Z The Latest: US official condemns 'barbaric attacks' in Egypt CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the bombing of two churches in Egypt (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The U.S. State Department is condemning in the strongest terms what it calls the "barbaric attacks" on Christian places of worship in Egypt. Bombs at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt killed more than 40 people and wounded... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-04-09T20:17:00Z A timeline of recent attacks on Egypt's Christians CAIRO (AP) — Sunday's bombings of two Coptic churches in separate cities claimed by the Islamic State group are the latest attacks on Egypt's embattled Christian minority, increasingly targeted by IS and affiliated militants. The Copts have long been a favored target of extremists — they were struck with a similar church bombing just weeks before the cou... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:38:00 GMT 2017-04-09T17:38:00Z Ex-convict gets life in prison for Phoenix priest killing PHOENIX (AP) — A judge sentenced a homeless ex-convict to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting a priest nearly three years ago during a burglary at a Phoenix church, drawing approval from the victim's family and the local Catholic diocese for what they called a "merciful decision" to spare him a possible death penalty. Gary Michael Moran, 57, also w... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:26:00 GMT 2017-04-07T21:26:00Z The Latest: US calls for transparency in UN Syria summit BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. insisted that an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. missile attack on Syria be held in the open so that "any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do in full public vie... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-04-07T16:31:00Z Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Muslims approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt. The Friday clashes injured four policemen and seven of the Muslim villagers. Police have made eight arrests. The trouble in the Moheidat district south of the ancient city of Luxor began when Muslim villagers ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 GMT 2017-03-25T12:30:00Z Polish historian's book on killing of Jews exposes raw nerve JERUSALEM (AP) — A prominent Polish historian presented evidence Wednesday about Polish villagers' widespread killing of Jews fleeing Nazis during World War II, touching a raw nerve in a country still grappling with its role during the Holocaust. The research is likely to irk the nationalist Polish government, which has taken aim at those seeking to under... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:41:00 GMT 2017-03-15T17:41:00Z Sikh man is 'getting back to normal,' heartened by support SEATTLE (AP) — A Sikh man who says a man shot him in the arm and told him to go back to his country is recovering from his wound at home in suburban Seattle and is encouraged by an outpouring of support, community leaders said. Hira Singh said Monday he has talked to the 39-year-old Indian man and his family by telephone and they are "getting back to norm... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:17:00 GMT 2017-03-07T10:17:00Z Sikhs respond to shooting near Seattle with fear, disbelief KENT, Wash. (AP) — Fear, hurt and disbelief weighed on the minds of those who gathered at a Sikh temple after the shooting of a Sikh man who said a gunman approached him in his suburban Seattle driveway and told him "go back to your own country." "Everybody who is part of this community needs to be vigilant," Satwinder Kaur, a Sikh community leader, said ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:41:00 GMT 2017-03-06T15:41:00Z Indian Sikh reports being shot in arm; police seek suspect KENT, Wash. (AP) — Police in a Seattle suburb say they are seeking a white gunman after an Indian Sikh man reported he was shot in the arm and told to "go back to your own country." India's foreign minister said on Twitter early Sunday that the victim is identified as Deep Rai and that he told police he was working in his driveway on Friday when the unidentified man approach... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:42:00 GMT 2017-03-05T11:42:00Z Egypt's Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave. The 35-year-old Christian, who owns a plumbing supply business in Egypt's troubled northern Sinai town of el-Arish, packed up a few belongings and brought his family to the Suez Can... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:47:00 GMT 2017-02-27T08:47:00Z Man pleads guilty in killing of priest at Phoenix church PHOENIX (AP) — A homeless ex-convict has pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church. The plea deal reached Friday spares 57-year-old Gary Michael Moran the possibility of a death sentence. Instead, the agreement calls for Moran t... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-02-25T01:30:00Z The Latest: Quebec mosque attack suspect appears in court QUEBEC CITY (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Quebec mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette has made a brief court appearance at which he did not enter a plea. Bissonnette appeared in a white prisoner jumpsuit. He stared at his feet and fidgeted during t... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:15:00 GMT 2017-01-31T01:15:00Z