from FaithWorld:

Obama to make first visit as president to U.S. mosque next week

By Reuters Staff
January 31, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room at the White House in Washington January 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room at the White House in Washington January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from FaithWorld:

Israel approves mixed-sex Jewish prayer site at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

January 31, 2016

Members of activist group "Women of the Wall" speak to the media following the Israeli government's approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem's Western Wall to accommodate Jews who contest Orthodox curbs on worship by women at the site, in Jerusalem's Old City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

( "Women of the Wall" speak to the media following the Israeli government's approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem's Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

from FaithWorld:

Pakistani cleric says he’s willing to review disputed blasphemy law

By Reuters Staff
January 31, 2016

Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, speaks with a Reuters correspondent in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

(Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: Poised for a rally

By Ambareesh Baliga
January 31, 2016

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

sensex1.jpgA sharp recovery towards the end of the week helped the Nifty gain nearly 2 percent to close above 7,550. Positions were lighter after derivatives expiry and the markets seemed to be looking at the bright side after a steep correction despite lacklustre corporate results and a weakening rupee. FIIs continued their selling spree with net selling of $171.5 million.

from FaithWorld:

Rome hosts large rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption

January 30, 2016

Priests shouts slogans during a rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption in Rome, Italy January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Priests shouts slogans during a rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption in Rome, Italy January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

from FaithWorld:

Thailand’s ‘child angels’ | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2016

thaidoll

A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup.

from FaithWorld:

German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2016

Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative "Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue", plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative "Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue", plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

from FaithWorld:

Indonesia evacuates hundreds of members of sect after clashes

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2016

Indonesian Navy personnel help a child from the Gafatar sect disembark from the KRI Teluk Banten naval ship after it transported more than 700 members from West Kalimantan province  to Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta  January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

(Indonesian Navy personnel help a child from the Gafatar sect disembark after more than 700 members were evacuated from West Kalimantan province to Jakarta January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

from FaithWorld:

Anger grows in Italy over covering nudes for Iran’s Rouhani

By Reuters Staff
January 30, 2016

Iran President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves next to Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) during his visit at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Iran President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves next to Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) during his visit at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

from Breakingviews:

Unselfish Xerox boss hands bragging rights to Icahn

January 29, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.