Statues and gravesites have been damaged at the Carmel Mission in California, where the remains of an18th-century Spanish missionary, Father Junipero Serra, are buried. Serra, considered a brutal colonialist by some, was canonized last week.
Violence has reached new heights in prisons across England and Wales, as increasing numbers of jails are characterized by staff cuts, overcrowding and failed rehabilitation practices, Britain’s chief inspector of prisons warns.
The FBI said that “heartbreaking” errors in a background check of Charleston shooter Dylann Roof allowed him to purchase a semi-automatic handgun. Roof used the weapon to kill nine African-American people attending a church Bible study last month.
Muslim organizations have raised $23,000 to help rebuild eight historically black churches that have burned down since the deadly attack on a prayer group in South Carolina. Three fires are believed to be arson, while the rest are under investigation.
A Canadian human rights group has told the UN that the troubles faced by the country’s indigenous population are one of Canada’s most pressing social issues. The organization also criticized the government approach to anti-terrorism legislation.
A contingent of teens and boys shot 25 Syrian troops dead at a UNESCO world heritage site in Palmyra, a video published by a group affiliated with the Islamic State reportedly shows. A crowd of men and children can be seen watching the mass killing.
A Munich-based group has launched a program offering “to rent a Jew” for socializing and “breaking down any prejudices.” The group said that few Germans know Jews personally and the program aims “to engage young people on the grassroots level.”