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Germany admits there’s a far-right problem, but what to do?

By DAVID RISING | February 22, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — As Germany's president expressed his sympathy and shock during a candlelight vigil for nine people killed by an immigrant-hating gunman, a woman called out from the crowd, demanding action, not words.But the country's leaders are struggling...

Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany

By DAVID McHUGH and FRANK JORDANS | February 21, 2020

HANAU, Germany (AP) — Gokhan Gultekin’s juggling act was in many ways typical of Hanau’s Turkish community: taking care of frail parents, hustling to work at a late-night cafe, making some cash on the side at a second job and attending Friday prayers...

France to end imam, teacher deals to counter extremism

By SYLVIE CORBET and JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS | February 18, 2020

MULHOUSE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced measures intended to counter Islamic extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training...

China’s ‘War on Terror’ uproots families, leaked data shows

By DAKE KANG | February 17, 2020

Beijing (AP) — For decades, the Uighur imam was a bedrock of his farming community in China’s far west. On Fridays, he preached Islam as a religion of peace. On Sundays, he treated the sick with free herbal medicine. In the winter, he bought coal...

Jehovah’s Witnesses report convictions, torture in Russia

By DARIA LITVINOVA | February 14, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the religious group said Friday.A court in Kamchatka on Friday sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife...

Gold panning in northern Mali may be benefiting extremists

By BABA AHMED | February 14, 2020

KIDAL, Mali (AP) — A gold rush is underway in an area of northern Mali where al-Qaida-linked fighters are active, raising concerns that profits from artisanal mining could benefit not only the local economy but also Islamic extremists.A coalition of...

German president marks Dresden bombing, warns of rising hate

By FRANK JORDANS | February 13, 2020

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Germany's president called Thursday for his countrymen to stand up to extremism and nationalism, warning that hatred and a desire for authoritarianism are on the rise again in Europe, including in his country.Speaking at a ceremony...

Iraqi officials: At least 8 shot dead in southern Iraq

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | February 5, 2020

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least eight anti-government protesters were shot dead and 52 were wounded in clashes with followers of a radical Shiite cleric in southern Iraq on Wednesday, Iraqi medical officials and activists said.The violence comes as new divisions...

Russia convicts 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses amid crackdown

February 4, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia's eastern Siberia on Tuesday convicted two Jehovah's Witnesses of extremism because of their membership in the religious group, the latest in a wave of crackdown on the organization.Stanislav Kim and Nikolay Polevodov...