A predominantly African-American church here was badly burned on Tuesday evening, with the words “Vote Trump” spray-painted on the side of the building, an episode that comes amid rising concerns over possible violence in the final days of a polarizing and racially charged presidential race.

Mayor Errick D. Simmons of Greenville said that firefighters, responding to a call around 9:15 p.m., discovered the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church “engulfed in flames.” Fire Chief Ruben Brown...

A protest by a neo-Nazi organization has taken place outside government buildings in the US state of Pennsylvania, which was met by a larger counter-rally.

Dozens of members of the Nationalist Socialist Movement (NSM), an American neo-Nazi group, chanted slogans in support of white supremacy and against racial diversity in the US.

The neo-Nazis repeatedly raised their right arms in 'Heil Hitler' salutes and shouted "white power."

The protests took place on Saturday in...

A Polish woman was floored by a punch during a race row on a late-night Tube train, police said.

The alleged victim was travelling on a westbound District line train shortly after midnight when a man became aggressive and began to argue with her.

Officers investigating the attack said he made reference to the fact she was Polish before punching her in the face.

The force of the punch knocked the woman to the floor of the train.

Her attacker is said to have left...

Germany's EU commissioner has been accused of racism after he described Chinese people as "slit eyed".

Speaking to businessmen in Hamburg last week, Guenther Oettinger used the term "Schlitzaugen" ("slit eyes") to describe visiting Chinese businessmen, Reuters reports.

He said the congregation consisted of "nine men, one party, and no democracy".

"All of them in suits, single-breasted, dark blue jackets," he added. "All of them had their hair combed from left to right,...

On 18 October, 29-year-old Eritrean refugee Haftom Zarhum was severely beaten and shot to death by a vengeful mob of Israeli soldiers, prison officers and police in and out of uniform, security camera footage recently obtained by the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz has revealed.

The mob mistook Zarhum, unarmed and injured, for the gunman who had opened fire moments earlier at the central bus station in Bir al-Saba (Beer Sheva), a city in the south of present-day Israel.

The gunman,...

Institutional racism in Britain’s universities is harming the performance of minority ethnic students, the UK’s first professor of black studies has said.

Kehinde Andrews, an associate professor at Birmingham City University (BCU), told a conference last week marking Black History Month that universities are “no less institutionally racist than the police”, and criticised the curriculum for being overly “white”.

“Universities produce racism,” Andrews told the Guardian. “It’s...

Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said in an interview that any future hostilities between the Jewish state and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip will be the last, “because we will completely destroy them”.

Mr Lieberman made the comments in a rare “hearts and minds” interview with Jerusalem-based Palestinian newspaper al-Quds, published on Monday, in which he insisted that all Palestinians have a duty to deter the Hamas movement from what he called its goal of destroying...

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Meir Turgeman, who is chairman of the planning and building board, said Monday he would “punish” the residents of East Jerusalem because of a drive-by shooting attack that left two people dead.
“We have reached the moment of truth,” he said in an interview on Radio Jerusalem. “Let’s put all the cards on the table. The people in East Jerusalem want to kill us and destroy us. Why do we need to give them a new chance every day?”
“Each time we lived in...

Israeli forces yesterday arrested a Palestinian teenager following a raid on a school for orphans in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Seventeen-year-old Maaz Khalil was arrested after the school was raided for the fifth time in ten days. He had been interrogated after being accused of throwing stones at occupation forces.

The school’s administrative board evacuated the school before the end of the day to prevent any clashes with Israeli forces, sources said.

On Monday, Israeli...

Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the UN cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised Israeli policies around al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while supposedly rejecting Jewish ties to the holy site in occupied East Jerusalem.

The resolution condemned Israel for restricting Muslims access to the site, and for aggression by police and soldiers. It also recognised Israel as the occupying power.

"This is an important message to Israel that it must end...

A police officer shot and killed a 66-year-old woman in New York after she allegedly attacked him with a baseball bat.

The officer who fired his weapon, identified as sergeant Hugh Barry, responded to a call about an "emotionally disturbed" woman acting "irrationally" at her apartment in the Castle Hill neighbourhood in the Bronx.

Mr Barry found the woman, Deborah Danner, alone and unclothed in a bedroom, holding a pair of scissors.

He reportedly persuaded Danner to drop...

A center for homeless people due to open in one of the richest districts of Paris in late October has been hit by an apparent arson attack, authorities said. The center faced strong objections from locals who feared that it would host asylum seekers.

The incident took place near the Bois de Boulogne forest in 16th district of Paris on Monday morning, the authorities confirmed.

“Shame on those who have been engaged in this outrageous act,” said Ian Brossat, the official in...

g-banished German words and phrases linked to the country's Nazi past have been revived by far-right politicians railing against the refugee influx, sparking comparisons to the 1930s.

The re-emergence of formerly taboo words has prompted some historians to draw parallels with the rhetoric used in the final, turbulent years of the Weimar Republic, the fledgling democracy that gave way to Adolf Hitler's dictatorship.

For more than a year, the Islamophobic Pegida street movement...