Robert Bowers, 46, who has a history of posting anti-Semitic material online, has been charged with 29 criminal counts, including the violation of US civil rights laws in what federal prosecutors say was a hate crime.

The man charged with shooting dead 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, is due to appear in Court today.

About 2,500 people attended an interfaith memorial service for the victims that was held late yesterday on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

-Noah Harte