Sam McNeil

Sam McNeil is an author at Religion News Service.

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Rocket fire from Gaza, Lebanon at Israel as Passover begins

By Sam McNeil — April 7, 2023
JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants fired rockets from Gaza and Lebanon toward Israel on Thursday, following confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers at a major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem for a second day in a row.

Bethlehem welcomes Christmas tourists after pandemic lull

By Sam McNeil — December 16, 2022
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — On a recent day, dozens of groups from virtually every continent posed for selfies in front of the Church of the Nativity, built on the grotto where Christians believe Jesus was born.

On Lunar New Year, Chinese pray outside shut temples

By Sam McNeil — February 1, 2022
BEIJING (AP) — The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important annual holiday in China.

Myanmar military reverts to strategy of massacres, burnings

By Rishabh R. Jain, David Rising, and Sam McNeil — December 30, 2021
BANGKOK (AP) — When the young farmhand returned to his village in Myanmar, he found the still smoldering corpses in a circle in a burned-out hut, some with their limbs tied. The Myanmar military had stormed Done Taw at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, he told the AP, with about 50 soldiers hunting people on […]

Hate speech in Myanmar continues to thrive on Facebook

By Sam McNeil and Victoria Milko — November 18, 2021
Three years ago, Facebook pledged to do better and developed several tools and policies to deal with hate speech. But the company still has problems detecting and moderating hate speech and misinformation on its platform in Myanmar.
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