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Report: Masked gunmen wound eight in Russian mosque attack

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Masked gunmen burst into a mosque in the troubled Russian Caucasus region of Dagestan, wounding eight, the regional interior ministry said in a statement Saturday.

“The number of wounded in the shooting at the mosque in the town of Khasavyurt has risen to eight,” the interior ministry said after two unidentified gunmen shot at worshippers in the Shiite mosque on Saturday evening as Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan.

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Three of the wounded suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach, while others were shot in the arms and legs, the ministry said.

Citing local police, RIA Novosti news agency said more people were hurt in an explosion in the same mosque after the gun attack in the town to the west of the largely Muslim region.

“An explosion went off. Altogether there were two explosive devices. One went off, the other is being defused,” police told the agency.

Local police confirmed to Interfax news agency that explosive experts were working in the mosque to defuse an explosive device but denied that the number of wounded had risen.

“The explosive experts are continuing their work. So far the deactivation is not completed. We have no information on an explosion or people wounded during the deactivation work,” a police spokesman told the agency.

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On Sunday, Russian Muslims hold mass celebrations for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, known as Uraz-Bairam in Russian, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Dagestan experiences almost daily shootings and bombings that officials blame on local criminals and Islamists with links to Chechnya, where over the past 20 years the Kremlin has fought two wars.

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Woman known for racist rants is finally arrested after assaulting Muslim woman and Black teen

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A North Carolina woman known for her racist rants that were captured on video is being accused of attacking a 14-year-old and ripping the hijab off an another woman, the Citizen Times reports.

Rachel Dawn Ruit first received notoriety when she was caught on video yelling racial slurs and threatening people in downtown Asheville. But on July 4, her threats turned physical when she ripped off the hijab from a woman and attacked the 14-year-old, who is Black.

Ernesta Carter witnessed Ruit attack the girl after saying she needed to be "put down" and if she fought back "she would be raped." Ruit then grabbed the girl by the groin, Carter said. When Carter started running towards the altercation, that's when Ruit targeted Nahlah Karimah who was the woman wearing the hijab.

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WATCH: Doctor laughs at Trump’s bizarre boast about passing a cognitive test

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Arthur Caplan of New York University School of Medicine, who holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools, couldn't help but chuckle when discussing President Donald Trump's recent comments about passing a cognitive test.

"I actually took one very recently when, you know, the radical left was saying, 'Is he all there? Is he all there?' I proved I was all there, because I aced it,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. “I aced the test... I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors and they were very surprised. They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anyone do what you just did.'"

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Venice completes first test of all flood barriers

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Venice's long awaited flood defense system designed to protect the lagoon city from damaging waters during high tides on Friday survived a first test of its 78 barriers.

The massive infrastructure project known as MOSE, which relies on sluice gates that can be raised to protect the city's lagoon during high tides, has been underway since 2003, but has been plagued by cost overruns, corruption scandals and delays.

The complex engineering system uses a network of water-filled caissons, designed to be raised within 30 minutes to create a barrier capable of resisting a water rise of three meters (10 feet) above normal.

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