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Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes for massacre in India

Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes for massacre in IndiaThe archbishop of Canterbury said Tuesday he regrets a massacre by British colonial forces of hundreds of Indians participating in a peaceful demonstration for independence 100 years ago. Archbishop Justin Welby spoke at a memorial for victims of the attack in northwest India. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army opened fire at a crowd demonstrating for independence, killing more than 300 and injuring 1,200.



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Sentences of 3 Blackwater guards reduced from 2007 massacre

Sentences of 3 Blackwater guards reduced from 2007 massacreA federal judge on Thursday greatly reduced the sentences of three former Blackwater security contractors, in the latest development from a complex case dating back to the 2007 shootings of unarmed civilians in Baghdad. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Paul Slough to 15 years in prison, Evan Liberty to 14 years and Dustin Heard to 12 years and seven months. All three had received 30-year terms in a 2015 trial — a mandatory sentence for the commission of a felony while using a military firearm.



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Texas gunman fired from job before massacre; victim IDs emerge, media report

Texas gunman fired from job before massacre; victim IDs emerge, media reportThe man who killed seven people and wounded 22 others in a rolling rampage across West Texas on Saturday was fired from his trucking job hours before the massacre, media and officials reported. Police continued to comb through 15 different crime scenes in neighboring Midland and Odessa, Texas. The gunman, identified by police as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, of Odessa, had been fired from his truck-driving job in Odessa on Saturday morning, the New York Times and other media reported.



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Feds seek death penalty in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Feds seek death penalty in Pittsburgh synagogue massacreA 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 attack. The government filing said justification for a death sentence included allegations of substantial planning and premeditation, the vulnerability and number of victims, and a motivation of religious hostility.



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2 more El Salvador ex-officers to face trial in '81 massacre

2 more El Salvador ex-officers to face trial in '81 massacreTwo ex-military officers were notified Thursday that they will join more than a dozen others in being prosecuted for the 1981 El Mozote massacre, a particularly infamous moment from El Salvador’s nation’s civil war. A judge in San Francisco Gotera, about 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of the capital, summoned former Cols. Roberto Antonio Garay and José Antonio Rodríguez to inform them they will be tried on the charges of torture, forced disappearance and forced displacement.



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Kellyanne Conway is 'mad' media downplays Dayton shooter's liberal views, although no link is seen to massacre

Kellyanne Conway is 'mad' media downplays Dayton shooter's liberal views, although no link is seen to massacreUnlike the El Paso massacre, which is being treated by the FBI as a possible hate crime, there is no indication at this point that the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, was racially or politically motivated.



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Father of Parkland shooting victim tells El Paso residents to ‘get mad’ over Walmart massacre: ‘Scream, shout, do something’

Father of Parkland shooting victim tells El Paso residents to ‘get mad’ over Walmart massacre: ‘Scream, shout, do something’The father of the one of the Parkland shooting victims has urged the city of El Paso to “get mad” in the aftermath of the Walmart shooting that left 22 dead, saying: “Get out there, scream, shout, do something.”Manuel Oliver and his wife, Patricia, have been travelling the world in the days and months since their 19-year-old son, Joaquin, was killed in the February 2018 school shooting that left 17 students and staff dead, campaigning for gun control.They were in El Paso to unveil a mural that Mr Oliver, an artist whose family was originally from Venezuela, had painted on the walls of an immigration rights organisation. Their son had long been a champion of humane treatment of migrants.On Saturday morning, they heard about the reports of an active shooter at one of the city’s Walmart stores, and were again jolted with pain.“We are continuing the fight,” Mr Oliver said, speaking at a vigil outside the NGO’s offices this week, that was also addressed by former congressman Beto O’Rourke. He said in the aftermath of mass shootings, politicians often claimed it was “not the time” to talk about gun control out of respect to relatives of those killed and injured.“This is the moment to talk about guns,” he said, to large applause. “We know what those families are going through. Their lives will never be the same again, and they’re expecting you do do something about it.”In a video message posted online, Mr Oliver doubled down on his call for residents of the city “to get mad”.“Get out there, scream, shout, do something,” he said. “I know how game works. You have to protect your city and your citizens. You’ve got to get angry, and not take this so easily. You’ve got to be mad and take action.”Over the weekend, the Olivers said their son’s memory was now linked to two places that shared a mass shooting outrage.“This is unbelievable. I heard that El Paso is considered one of the safest cities in the country. I heard the same story about Parkland. They were on the same list,” Ms Oliver told the Associated Press. Her husband said it was a “terrible coincidence”.The mural he created features images of crying children inside window bars to create the image of cells along with likenesses of his wife and their son. Last year, he painted a similar piece on fences in Tijuana, Mexico.After the shooting on Saturday, Mr Oliver made an addition to the mural in El Paso, painting the words “El Paso no está solo”, or “El Paso is not alone”.



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Trump smirked at idea of shooting migrants at rally three months before El Paso massacre

Trump smirked at idea of shooting migrants at rally three months before El Paso massacreDonald Trump laughed and joked after a supporter suggested shooting Mexican migrants at a rally in May 2019.The clip of the interaction is once again spreading across social media, as the US reels from the El Paso massacre.“When you have 15,000 people marching up, and you have hundreds and hundreds of [immigrants], and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great – and don’t forget we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons,” Mr Trump said, to an audience of thousands in Florida.“We can’t. Other countries do, we can’t. I would never do that. But how do you stop these people?”In response someone from the audience shouted: “Shoot them!”Mr Trump then appeared to laugh before shaking his head and saying: “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.”The crowd then erupted into laughter and cheers, and Mr Trump added: “Only in the Panhandle!”The Florida Panhandle is a region in the north west of the state.The interaction was remembered with anger online, in the aftermath of the El Paso massacre.At least 20 people were killed when a white male opened fire at a Walmart in the Cielo Vista mall on Saturday.Several people are injured and being treated in hospital. Police said that at least three Mexicans were among the dead.The suspected gunman, Patrick Crusius, is an alleged white supremacist.In the wake of the massacre politicians condemned Donald Trump’s racism and Congress’ failure to take action on gun control.Pete Buttigieg, a presidential primary candidate, said the US was “under attack from white nationalist terrorism”.He said that the attacker was “abetted by weak gun laws” and added: “If we are serious about national security, we must summon the courage to name and defeat this evil.”Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who represented the district where the attack took place, said the US president bore some responsibility for the attack which left 20 people dead.“He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country,” he added.“It does not just offend our sensibilities; it fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence.”



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El Paso shooting: Mexicans among 20 dead as police investigate massacre as race hate crime

El Paso shooting: Mexicans among 20 dead as police investigate massacre as race hate crimeThree Mexicans have been confirmed among the 20 dead following the El Paso Walmart shooting, with authorities now saying they are actively investigating Saturday’s massacre as a race hate crime.Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced his compatriots had been killed in a social media post which offered “condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican”.The revelation came as the horror endured – and heroism shown – by victims in their final moments inside the Texas border city supermarket started to emerge.One mother, aged just 25, was reportedly killed while shielding her two-month-old son as suspected gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, opened fire in the aisles.Jordan Anchondo’s baby suffered broken bones – but lived – after she fell on him in an apparent bid to protect him from further bullets as she herself lay dying. She was shopping for school supplies for her other children at the time."When she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that's why he broke some of his bones,” Ms Anchondo’s sister Leta Jamrowski told the Associated Press news agency. “He pretty much lived because she gave her life."In another act of bravery, an off-duty military officer caught up in the incident has told how he carried children out from the supermarket as the shooting began.Glen Oakley told MSNBC: "I see a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents, I got my bag in my hand I'm trying to pick up as many as I can and run out"They're so anxious, they're dropping out of my hand."Of the 20 people killed, they are reported to range in age from a two-year-old toddler to an 82-year-old.Crusius himself was arrested after surrendering to police, who arrived at the supermarket – a popular Saturday afternoon destination for cross-border shoppers – within six minutes.Greg Allen, El Paso police chief, said authorities were now working to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online shortly beforehand was written by the suspect, who is said to have driven more than 1,000km from his home in Dallas to commit the atrocity.The four-page document includes passages decrying the "Hispanic invasion" of the US, while the author also makes clear he intends to kill during an upcoming attack.The first sentence expresses support for Christchurch mosque shooter who killed 51 people in New Zealand in March."Right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree, it has a nexus to potential hate crime," Chief Allen said.At least two Democrat presidential candidates – Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and former congressman Beto O'Rourke – drew connections between the massacre and an apparent resurgence in white nationalism in the US."America is under attack from homegrown white nationalist terrorism," Mr Buttigieg said.Mr O’Rourke, an El Paso native, went even harder during a press conference. When asked by a reporter if Donald Trump was to blame for a rise in white nationalism, he replied simply: “Yes.”He added: "We've had a rise in hate crimes every single one of the last three years, during an administration where you have a president who's called Mexicans rapists and criminals. Though Mexican immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than those born here in the country, he has tried to make us afraid of them, to some real effect and consequence.”On Twitter, the US president himself called the shooting "an act of cowardice", adding: “There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.”



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Death toll in Brazil prison massacre rises to 57 with over a dozen decapitated

Death toll in Brazil prison massacre rises to 57 with over a dozen decapitatedSAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A bloody clash between two prison gangs on Monday left at least 57 inmates dead with 16 of them decapitated, authorities in the state of Para said, the latest deadly clash as Brazil’s government struggles to control the country’s overcrowded jails. Prisoners belonging to the Comando Classe A gang set fire to a cell containing inmates from the rival Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, gang, Para’s state government said in a statement. “It was a targeted act,” state prison director Jarbas Vasconcelos said in the statement, adding there was no prior intelligence that suggested an attack would take place.



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