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4 Americans confirmed dead, others injured in Sri Lankan bombings; radical domestic group behind attack

4 Americans confirmed dead, others injured in Sri Lankan bombings; radical domestic group behind attackSeven members of the radical Muslim group National Thowfeek Jamaath killed at least 290 people on Easter Sunday, Sri Lankan officials said.



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AOC defends Ilhan Omar over 9/11 comments and points out most domestic terrorism carried out by far-right white men

AOC defends Ilhan Omar over 9/11 comments and points out most domestic terrorism carried out by far-right white menAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the popular US congresswoman, has defended her colleague Ilhan Omar, after a conservative US tabloid accused the Muslim politician of trivialising the 9/11 terror attack.Ms Omar made a speech at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event in Los Angeles on 23 March, in which she discussed the rise of Islamophobia in the US.A brief line from her speech, “some people did something”, was used on the front page of The New York Post on 11 April. The quote had been placed over an image of the World Trade Center during the attack on 11 September 2001.The move caused immediate outrage among Democrats, who said the quote had been taken out of context and that the cover was at the centre of a bad-faith attack on Ms Omar.“I’m not going to quote the NY Post’s horrifying, hateful cover,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter.“Here’s 1 fact: [Ilhan Omar] is a cosponsor of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She‘s done more for 9/11 families than the GOP who won’t even support healthcare for 1st responders- yet are happy to weaponize her faith.”The New York representative also criticised Dan Crenshaw, a Republican, for attacking Ms Omar and for not supporting the victim fund, which was created to help those affected by the attack. It is set to close in December 2020 if it is not reauthorised by Congress.“You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said.“In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?”A report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), published in January 2019, found that every terrorist murder in the US in 2018 was linked to right-wing extremism.> You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes. > > In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that? t.co/rkb92IxkKX> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > April 11, 2019Ms Omar is one of the first two Muslim women to ever sit in Congress and has frequently been targeted by right-wing US politicians and public figures.At the CAIR event the Minnesota representative criticised Donald Trump’s attacks on Islam and Muslims.“Many of us knew this would get worse, we finally have a leader, a world leader, in the White House who publicly says ‘Islam hates us’, who fuels hate against Muslims, who thinks it is okay to speak about a faith and a whole community in a way that is dehumanizing, vilifying and doesn’t understand – or at least makes us want to think he doesn’t understand – the consequences his words might have,” she said.Later in her speech the congresswoman discussed the founding of CAIR, a Muslim civil rights activism group, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. At this point she used the phrase “some people did something”.> @Ilhan full comments clearly speak to post 9/11 Islamophobia Manipulating her remarks is defaming & dangerous for her & her family. Stop with this recklessness. @rupertmurdoch this is on you – stoking hate, fear & division, putting REAL lives at risk. Shame on you. t.co/fpemnGxQKk> > — Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) > > April 11, 2019“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognised that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.“So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant.“You have to say that this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”According to The Los Angeles Daily News hundreds of protesters stood outside the CAIR event’s location, shouting anti-Islam slogans such as “Burn the Koran” and “Ilhan Omar go to hell”.Other Democrats, including Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley have also expressed support for Ms Omar.“The NY Post knows exactly what it’s doing – taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch,” Ms Tlaib, said.Mr Murdoch is the owner of the US tabloid.The controversy comes just days after a man was charged for threatening to kill Ms Omar, after placing a call to her office in which he called her a “terrorist”.



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Ocasio-Cortez condemns college Republicans' email calling her a domestic terrorist

Ocasio-Cortez condemns college Republicans' email calling her a domestic terroristNew York congresswoman says ‘uncalled for’ rhetoric puts her and colleagues in dangerAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez said comments like those in the email routinely led to a ‘spike in death threats’. Photograph: Carlos Barría/ReutersA fundraising email sent by a college Republican group branding the US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “domestic terrorist” drew a sharp rebuke from the congresswoman, who warned that similar rhetorical attacks had in the past resulted in a spike in death threats against her.An email sent on Tuesday by Tom Ferrall, chairman of the Ohio Federation of College Republicans, bore the subject line “AOC is a domestic terrorist” and asked recipients to donate to his group. Dave Levinthal, an editor at the Center for Public Integrity, on Wednesday afternoon shared a screenshot of the email on Twitter.“My fellow students often tell me that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a ‘role model’ and that America should be more like socialist Europe,” the email, which appeared not to use the word “terrorist” elsewhere, read in part. It told recipients: “We need your help to stop the brainwashing!”The email fit the template for fundraising emails by similar groups.“This puts me in danger every time,” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman whose outspoken progressive views, youth, nimble social media presence and all-around star power yet perhaps do not explain the extent to which she has become a bugbear for the right.“Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conserv. grps,” she tweeted, “we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police.”> This puts me in danger every time. > > Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conserv. grps, we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police. > > Multiple ppl have been arrested trying to harm me, Ilhan, & others.@GOP, what’s it going to take to stop? t.co/vpous77RbT> > — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 10, 2019After Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about it, the Ohio Federation of College Republicans distanced itself from the email, calling it “unauthorized” without explaining what that meant. “We apologize to Congresswoman Ocascio-Cortez [sic] for the use of unacceptable language in this email, and we do not approve of the message conveyed,” the group said.Ferrall, whose name was on the email’s signature line, told the Guardian in an email that his group would have no comment beyond the statement. Capitol Police told the Guardian in a statement it could not discuss how it carries out is protective responsibilities for Congress.Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional district in Queens, New York, is 400 miles from the Ohio border. The bellwether state voted for Donald Trump by eight points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.



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Police: Gunman in shooting rampage had 6 prior arrests in Aurora, Illinois, including domestic battery charges

Police: Gunman in shooting rampage had 6 prior arrests in Aurora, Illinois, including domestic battery chargesFive male workers of Henry Pratt Co. were found dead and the gunman was killed in a shootout with police after a search of the sprawling warehouse.



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Illinois Gunman Had a History of Domestic Violence and Was 'Stressed' Before Shooting

Illinois Gunman Had a History of Domestic Violence and Was 'Stressed' Before ShootingGary Martin was convicted of stabbing a woman in Mississippi in 1994



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US lawyer Avenatti won't face felony domestic violence charges

US lawyer Avenatti won't face felony domestic violence chargesMichael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented an adult film star engaged in a legal battle with Donald Trump, will not face felony domestic violence charges, a spokesman said Friday. “Although we decline to file charges at this time, this matter remains open and we may file charges at any time prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations,” Los Angeles prosecutor spokesman Frank Mateljan said.



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Suspect sought in 5 killings, including his parents, near Baton Rouge in an apparent domestic dispute

Suspect sought in 5 killings, including his parents, near Baton Rouge in an apparent domestic disputeAuthorities said the killings in two areas around Baton Rouge appeared to involve a domestic dispute.



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Judge rejects Trump curbs on asylum for domestic abuse victims

Judge rejects Trump curbs on asylum for domestic abuse victimsThe ruling is the latest legal setback for the White House on immigration. Last month, a judge in San Francisco ordered a halt to a policy that prevented those entering illegally from Mexico from seeking asylum. The policy at the center Wednesday’s ruling sought to limit the ability of immigrants to fight expedited deportation by narrowing the grounds for claiming “credible fear” if they returned home, the first step in a long asylum process.



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US judge strikes down Trump administration asylum policies targeting domestic and gang violence victims

US judge strikes down Trump administration asylum policies targeting domestic and gang violence victimsA federal judge has struck down most of the Trump administration policies that make it nearly impossible for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence to be granted asylum. The policies issued by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were part of Donald Trump’s broader crackdown on asylum and immigration. In his ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan also ordered the government to return individuals to the US who had been deported under the policies, which made it difficult for those types of victims to claim “credible fear” of returning to their home countries.



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Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested After Domestic Violence Allegations

Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested After Domestic Violence AllegationsMichael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels,



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