from Dmitry Solovyov:

Kazakh leader seals power with stability before democratic reform

April 25, 2015

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was set to renew his 26-year grip on power on Sunday, offering the multi-ethnic Central Asian state economic and social stability in return for what rights groups call systematic suppression of opposition.

from Alison Frankel:

Ammo dealers want Aurora massacre victim’s parents to pay their legal fees

By Alison Frankel
April 24, 2015

In the great moral reckoning of the universe, does it make sense for the parents of an exceptional young woman cut down in a mass shooting to be on the hook to Internet ammunitions dealers for nearly a quarter of a million dollars?

from FaithWorld:

Divorce Italian style becomes easier as Catholic Church influence further wanes

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015

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(Marcello Mastroianni in "Divorce Italian Style")

Italy has slashed the time it takes to get a divorce to six months from three years in the latest sign of the Catholic Church's waning influence over life and politics here.

from FaithWorld:

Hit by Hindu nationalist beef ban, Muslim butchers in India eye Jersey cows

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015

(Workers walk through a shed past empty meat hooks during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks at an abattoir in Mumbai March 23, 2015. A renewed thrust by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protect cows, worshipped by majority Hindus, has closed abbatoirs in Maharashtra, making it hard for farmers to sell their animals, and restrictions are spreading to other states. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(Workers walk through a shed past empty meat hooks during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks at an abattoir in Mumbai March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

from FaithWorld:

Malaysia orders probe after protest forces church to take down cross

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015

(Burn marks are seen on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010. Arsonists in Malaysia struck a fourth church on Saturday as the government tried to soothe tensions arising from a row over the use of the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)

(Burn marks are seen on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)

from FaithWorld:

‘Among the Believers’ probes ideological rift behind Pakistan violence

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015

(Lal Misjid or Red Mosque security personnel join hands as people leave the Mosque after prayers in Islamabad October 3, 2007. Pakistani authorities opened the mosque in the capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday nearly three months after more than 100 people were killed when commandos stormed the compound to end a siege by Islamist gunmen. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

(Lal Misjid or Red Mosque security personnel join hands as people leave the Mosque after prayers in Islamabad October 3, 2007. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

from FaithWorld:

New York transit agency may change rule to block ‘Killing Jews’ ad

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015

(Commuters walk by an advertisement that reads "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad" in the Times Square subway station in New York, September 24, 2012. The ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared after the Metropolitan Transit Authority lost a bid to refuse to post it on the grounds that it violated the agency's policy against demeaning language. In July, a federal judge ruled it was protected speech and ordered the MTA to place the posters. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid)

(Commuters walk by an advertisement that reads "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad" in the Times Square subway station in New York, September 24, 2012. The ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid)

from Data Dive:

No big deal: Top 20 abandoned corporate takeovers

By Jason Fields
April 24, 2015

When people hear that one company is buying another for however-many billions of dollars, most assume it's a done deal. The truth is that regulators and shareholders have been know to ax mergers and acquisitions both large and small. Despite the fame of the names involved, Comcast's $45 billion deal for TimeWarner Cable doesn't even make it into the top 10 of failed mergers.GLB_ABANDONEDMA0415_SC