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Sep 16, 2011
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U.S. religious publishers reap rewards with Justin Bieber and the Bible

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(A woman reads her Bible during a weekly bible study meeting at the West Unity Methodist Church in Unity, New Hampshire July 5, 2011/Brian Snyder)

Religious publishers in the United States are busy these days, releasing such new books as a biography of pop music phenom and devout Christian Justin Bieber — entitled “Belieber!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber.” Other tomes mix spirituality with memoir and self-help topics. New editions of the Bible have also been released recently,  as well as e-books and audio book downloads by popular religious authors.

Sep 8, 2011

Mexico City traffic is worst, drivers survey says

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Driving in Mexico City is a nightmare, while in Montreal it’s a relative breeze.

So says an IBM-sponsored survey released on Thursday of 8,000 people in 20 cities who drive regularly and were asked about their level of “commuter pain” and the consequences in terms of stress, lost time, and ill health.

Aug 31, 2011

US states urge move to block Great Lakes invading species

CHICAGO, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Six Great Lakes states that
unsuccessfully sought a court order to seal off the lakes from
invading Asian carp on Wednesday asked other U.S. states to
apply pressure on Congress to act.

The plea was sent to 27 states that could suffer or have
suffered from the impact of foreign species invading the Great
Lakes and the Mississippi River basin such as Zebra mussels and
Asian carp.

Aug 31, 2011

States urge pressure to block Great Lakes invading species

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Six Great Lakes states that unsuccessfully sought a court order to seal off the lakes from invading Asian carp on Wednesday asked other states to apply pressure on Congress to act.

The plea was sent to 27 states that could suffer or have suffered from the impact of foreign species invading the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River basin such as Zebra mussels and Asian carp.

Aug 30, 2011
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Most U.S. Muslims satisfied, support for extremism low – Pew Forum report

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(Muslims pray at King Fahad Mosque on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Culver City, Los Angeles, California August 1, 2011/Lucy Nicholson)

A majority of U.S. Muslims are content with the nation’s direction in contrast to many Americans and few Muslims believe there is support for Islamic extremism here, a survey released on Tuesday found. With the 10th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on New York and the Pentagon approaching, the Pew Research Center found that most Muslims felt ordinary Americans were friendly or neutral toward them.

Aug 30, 2011

Most American Muslims are satisfied Obama backers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A majority of U.S. Muslims are content with the nation’s direction in contrast to many Americans and few Muslims believe there is support for Islamic extremism here, a survey released on Tuesday found.

With the 10th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks on New York and the Pentagon approaching, the Pew Research Center found that most Muslims felt ordinary Americans were friendly or neutral toward them.

Jul 28, 2011

Chicago museum’s unearthed Soviet posters a diary of war

By Andrew Stern

CHICAGO (Reuters Life!) – The horrors and heroism of World War Two are given a fresh look in an Art Institute of Chicago exhibition of rediscovered Soviet propaganda posters, which depict Hitler as blood-thirsty, anxious and perverse.

One poster in the “Windows on the War” exhibition, opening to the public Sunday, features a caricature of a worried Hitler hiding a crude hand gesture under his cap while Joseph Goebbels orates nervously.

Jul 27, 2011

Americans view debt deadlock with worry and scorn

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Americans already concerned about their jobs Wednesday begged Washington politicians to stop dithering, cut the budget and resolve a debt crisis they fear could lead to higher interest rates, or worse.

“When you have a $14.3 trillion debt, I think everybody’s in trouble. There’s too many people who blow it off and don’t really see what is going to happen down the road if it doesn’t get under control,” said high school math teacher Mark Torgerson, 35, of Independence, Iowa.

Jul 19, 2011

New Philadelphia archbishop a church problem solver

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Vatican’s choice of a strict conservative to lead the scandal-tainted Philadelphia archdiocese reflects the church’s overall approach to the sex abuse crisis, church critics and analysts said.

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, who was named on Tuesday to succeed the retiring Archbishop Justin Rigali, has a reputation for cleaning up church scandals and for his conservative attitude on sexual issues, they said.

Jul 18, 2011
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Russia’s Muslim Chechnya to ban energy drinks

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Russia’s Muslim Chechnya region is planning to ban the sale of non-alcoholic energy drinks such as Red Bull to under 18s, saying they are un-Islamic and dangerous, health officials said.
 
The ban would be the latest restriction from authorities in Chechnya, where shops can only sell alcohol during a small morning time frame, eateries are shut during the Ramadan fasting month and women must wear headscarves in state buildings.
 
“Energy drinks are comparable to beer,” the deputy minister of health in Chechnya, Rukman Bartiyev, told Reuters, adding that they were harmful to health.
 
The proposed ban was met with praise from the more conservative sectors of society, but angered ordinary Chechens who are growing increasingly frustrated at laws that only apply to Chechnya and sometimes contradict the Russian constitution.
 
“There are just too many restrictions lately. We are building a small Islamic state in Russia that looks like Dubai,” said a Grozny resident who gave her name only as Aset, 41.
 
A decade after Moscow drove separatists out of power in the second of two wars since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the Kremlin relies heavily on Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov to keep insurgents in check and maintain a shaky peace.
 
But critics of the hardliner say he runs the republic of 1.1 million as a tiny fiefdom, consolidating power by leading a violent crackdown on opponents and imposing his own vision of Islam, leading analysts to warn that Chechnya could move to autonomy once again.

(Writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Jon Hemming) 

Photo credit: REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko (Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov receives a sword during his birthday celebrations in Gudermes near Grozny, October 5, 2006)

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