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NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 11:21am

The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his co-defendants are trying to avoid going to trial with him next month.

New Zealand's darkest day: 36 minutes of terror

Nick Perry, Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 8:39am

On March 15, New Zealand changed. Some are calling it a loss of innocence, a reminder that distance doesn't bring protection against violence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change gun laws and investigate what went wrong. This is how 36 minutes of terror unfolded, according to witness accounts and livestream video.

Supreme Court won't intervene in oldest US synagogue dispute

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 7:53am

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation.

Brother's teasing proved prophetic before NZ mosque shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 4:19am

Aya Al-Umari never got the chance to say goodbye to her brother Hussein before he was killed in a mass shooting at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. But she wonders if he had a premonition.

French cardinal convicted in sex abuse scandal to meet pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 3:29am

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin is meeting with the pope after having been convicted by a French court of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police.

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 7:43pm

The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local):

NZ leader vows to 'absolutely deny' mosque gunman a platform

Kristen Gelineau and Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 6:29pm

The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.

Israel's Supreme Court bans Jewish extremist from election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 12:58pm

Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday banned the leader of a Jewish ultranationalist party from running in the country's April elections.

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burials

Nick Perry and Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 7:15am

Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies.

Youngest mosque victim liked playing with iPad, soccer ball

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 5:04am

He spent just three years on this earth, but in some ways, a friend said, he seemed like an old soul. Before he became the youngest known victim of Christchurch's mass shooting, 3-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim had possessed intelligence beyond his years, and an affinity for his elders.

New Zealand citizens open to gun reform after massacre

Stephen Wright and Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 3:35am

The New Zealand leader's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population.

After massacre, New Zealand leader shows resolve, empathy

Steve McMorran and Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 3:09am

The attributes that helped Jacinda Ardern rise to become New Zealand's leader at age 37 include her optimistic outlook and bright personality. And she became an inspiration to working women around the world last year when she gave birth to a daughter, Neve.

Students look to love at New Zealand school hit by tragedy

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 1:54am

Three students from Cashmere High School were at the Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayers when a gunman started shooting. When classes resume Monday, none will be there.

Despite its peace, Christchurch painfully used to trauma

Steve McMorran and Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 12:33am

Ahmed Tani settled in Christchurch as a refugee in 1999. After his escape from civil war in Somalia, he saw the New Zealand city as a place of peace, a haven.

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 16th - 11:43pm

Australia's prime minister on Sunday suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator's head.

The Latest: New Zealand's biggest gun show is canceled

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 16th - 10:31pm

The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local):

Trump says media trying to blame him for NZ massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 18th - 8:12am

President Donald Trump says he is unfairly being blamed for the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Man accused of threatening, intimidating at a Phoenix mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 9:37pm

A man has been arrested for allegedly threatening and intimidating members of a northwest Phoenix mosque.

Catholic Church criticizes amnesty proposal in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 5:10pm

Catholic Church leaders in El Salvador have condemned a proposal being considered by lawmakers that would grant amnesty to those who committed serious crimes during the country's civil conflict in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Israel gives Islamic authority deadline in holy site closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 17th - 11:38am

An Israeli court has set a 60-day deadline for the Jordanian-appointed council that oversees Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem to respond to its closure of a disputed structure at the city's most sensitive scared site.