Religious strife

Security personnel patrol outside a polling station during the country's presidential election in Weerawila, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 16 , 2019. A convoy of buses carrying Muslim voters traveling in northern Sri Lanka was attacked by gunfire and stones, and blocked by burning tires, around midnight on Saturday hours before polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, according to Colombo-based Centre for Monitoring Election Violence. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne )
November 16, 2019 - 8:38 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Polls closed Saturday evening after a day of voting for Sri Lanka’s next president, an election marred by shots fired at a convoy of Muslims heading to cast their ballots in what some called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group. There were no reported...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Devin Patrick Kelley. Prosecutors say a sporting goods retailer broke the law by selling a rifle and ammunition to a man who used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church. The Department of Justice said Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2019 that Devin Kelley presented a Colorado driver's license at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Texas to buy the rifle and ammunition. Prosecutors say Academy should have complied with Colorado laws that would have prohibited the sale. Academy declined comment Thursday. (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP, File)
October 17, 2019 - 3:41 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A sporting goods retailer violated the law by selling an AR-15-style rifle and large capacity magazine to a man who later used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church, federal prosecutors said in a court filing. Devin Patrick Kelley presented a Colorado...
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RETRANSMITTED WITH NEW SLUG AND BETTER QUALITY - In this photo provided by WMUR-TV, police stand outside the New England Pentecostal Church after reports of a shooting on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Pelham, N.H. WMUR-TV reports that Hillsborough County Attorney Michael Conlon said a suspect is in custody. (Siobhan Lopez/WMUR-TV via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 3:55 pm
PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a wedding ceremony inside a New Hampshire church Saturday shooting two people before guests tackled the shooter and held him until police arrived, authorities said. Pelham's Police Chief Joseph Roark said no fatalities were reported in the shooting at New...
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A person with a flag of Israel stands next to flowers and candles in front of a synagogue in Halle, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
October 10, 2019 - 7:46 am
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Germany's president urged his nation Thursday to stand up for their Jewish compatriots as he visited the scene of an attack on a synagogue in the city of Halle, seeking to reassure an unsettled Jewish community after members saw a man trying to break into their house of...
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Police officers cross a wall at a crime scene in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 after a shooting incident. A gunman fired several shots on Wednesday in the German city of Halle. Police say a person has been arrested after a shooting that left two people dead. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)
October 09, 2019 - 5:15 pm
HALLE, Germany (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. The attacker shot at the door of...
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A sign hangs on a fence surrounding the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The first anniversary of the shooting at the synagogue, that killed 11 worshippers, is Oct., 27, 2019. Authorities charged Robert Bowers, 47, a truck driver from Baldwin, Pennsylvania, in the attack that killed eight men and three women, and wounded seven others inside Tree of Life synagogue, where congregants from New Light and Dor Hadash also had gathered. Bowers has pleaded not guilty . He faces the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 27, 2019 - 11:11 am
There will be some differences — and some constants — over the coming days as the New Light congregation observes Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, for the first time since three of its members were among 11 Jews killed by a gunman nearly a year ago at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The man who last year...
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This April 27, 2019 photo from surveillance video at the Chabad of Poway, shown as evidence in the preliminary hearing of John T. Earnest, shows what authorities say is Earnest beginning his rampage on the synagogue in Poway, Calif., in court in San Diego, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. A woman was killed and three other people were wounded in the attack. Earnest has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and arson tied to a mosque fire. (Chabad of Poway/San Diego Superior Court via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 8:09 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording of a gunman calmly telling a 911 dispatcher that he had just fired an assault rifle inside a synagogue to save white people from Jews, describing terms for a peaceful surrender and scolding law enforcement for taking too much...
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Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden, center, left, speaks with an attendee as he joins Sen. Doug Jones and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin at a wreath laying after a service at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Visiting the black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan in the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Biden said Sunday the country hasn't "relegated racism and white supremacy to the pages of history" as he framed current tensions in the context of the movement's historic struggle for equality. (Ivana Hrynkiw/The Birmingham News via AP)
September 15, 2019 - 11:54 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo, Indian Sikh immigrant Rana Singh Sodhi kneels next to a memorial in Mesa, Ariz., for his murdered brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was gunned down at the site four days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by a man who mistook him for a Muslim because of his turban and beard. Sodhi has preached a message of peace and tolerance in hopes of helping others better understand his religion, the fifth largest in the world with some 25 million adherents including a half-million in the United States. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
September 15, 2019 - 6:11 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Indian Sikh immigrant Rana Singh Sodhi still preaches love and tolerance 18 years after his brother was gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by a man who mistook him for a Muslim because of his turban and beard. "I want there to be more awareness, more peace...
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FILE - This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers. Bowers is charged with killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 to seek the death penalty against Bowers in last year's attack. (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via AP, File)
August 26, 2019 - 5:05 pm
A man charged with killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue should face the death penalty if convicted, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Monday. The U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 46-year-old Robert Bowers in last year's...
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