Religious strife

FILE - In this April 21, 2019, file photo, bloodstains a Jesus Christ statue at the St. Sebastian's Church after a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. On Easter Sunday, April 21, bombs shattered the celebratory services at two Catholic churches and a Protestant church in Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/File)
December 14, 2019 - 7:50 am
On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities...
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Orthodox Jewish women mourn during the funeral service of Mindel Ferencz who was killed in a kosher market that was the site of a gun battle in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Ferencz, 31, and her husband owned the grocery store. The Ferencz family had moved to Jersey City from Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
December 13, 2019 - 9:44 am
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said...
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Workmen replace a window that was broken by gunfire at the Sacred Heart school in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Investigators are looking to pinpoint what prompted a deadly attack on a Jewish market in Jersey City amid fears that it was motivated by anti-Semitism, as the nearby school reopened Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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December 12, 2019 - 1:39 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement, New Jersey's attorney general said Thursday, adding that the case is being investigated as domestic terrorism. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also disclosed that...
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Orthodox Jewish men carry the casket with Mindel Ferencz outside a Brooklyn synagogue, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in New York. Her funeral will be in Jersey City. Ferencz was killed Tuesday in the shooting inside a Jersey City, N.J., food market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 11, 2019 - 6:52 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, photo, Yatawatte Dhammananda, a monk and Bodu Bala Sena organizer, stands for a photograph outside a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In Myanmar, like Sri Lanka, there is a view among nationalists that Muslims are an existential threat to their faith and way of life, despite Buddhists being the overwhelming majority. “They have the intention of making this a Muslim country. They are working toward that, but we can’t let that happen,” said Yatawatte. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
November 26, 2019 - 9:54 pm
KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) — In this mountain city that was for centuries home to Sri Lanka’s kings and in recent years has been riven by religious violence, Buddhist nationalists are rejoicing the election of the country’s newest leader. They hope he ushers in another golden era for the nation’s ethnic...
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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 - 4:36 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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Crewmen communicate at a US military base at an undisclosed location in Eastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops withdrew from northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive that began last month. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
November 11, 2019 - 1:05 pm
A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants...
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A car passes through Colonia LeBaron, one of many locations where the extended LeBaron family lives in the Galeana municipality of Chihuahua state in northern Mexico, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Drug cartel gunmen ambushed on Monday three vehicles along a road near the state border of Chihuahua and Sonora, slaughtering at least six children and three women from the extended LeBaron family, all of them U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
November 05, 2019 - 5:39 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The nine women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico lived in a remote farming community where residents call themselves Mormon — descendants of former members of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints who fled the U.S. to escape the church's 19th century...
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Signs, flowers and candles expressing love for the Jewish community stand outside the Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Richard Holzer, 27, of Pueblo was arrested Friday by the FBI after he allegedly said he was going to go blow up the temple because he hates Jews. Temple president Michael Atlas-Acuña found the items when he arrived in the morning. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)
November 05, 2019 - 2:36 pm
DENVER (AP) — The synagogue that was the target of an alleged bombing plot plans to add surveillance cameras to enhance security that was already tightened in response to the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue attack last year. The cameras will help keep watch on activity outside the synagogue in Pueblo...
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This Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, photograph, shows an aerial view of Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colo. Richard Holzer was charged with a federal hate crime Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, for his part in a plot to bomb the synagogue, which is the second-oldest congregation in Colorado. (Zachary Allen/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP)
November 04, 2019 - 5:38 pm
DENVER (AP) — A man who repeatedly espoused anti-Semitic views has been arrested in a plot to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue, federal officials said Monday. The co-conspirators in the plot turned out to be undercover agents, who arrested the man shortly before he planned to bomb the synagogue...
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