from FaithWorld:

iPad 2 sold out in the afterlife as Chinese pray for the dead

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2011

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(Fake money -- "Hell Bank Notes" -- on sale for the Qingming festival, or Grave-Sweeping Day, at a shop in Kuala Lumpur March 31, 2009/Zainal Abd Halim)

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Beijing “house church” faces eviction in tense times in China

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2011

(Christians attend Sunday service at Shouwang Church in Beijing's Haidian district October 3, 2010. Shouwang is a "house church", a church that is not officially sanctioned by the government and houses smaller congregations. These churches are reported to be getting increasingly popular in the Chinese capital. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic)

(Christians attend Sunday service at Shouwang Church in Beijing in this file photo from October 3, 2010/Petar Kujundzic)

from FaithWorld:

French religious leaders warn against divisive Islam debate

March 30, 2011

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(Abderrahmane Dahmane displays green star to protest against France's Islam debate, March 29, 2011/Gonzalo Fuentes)

from FaithWorld:

Frictions seen easing in troubled U.N. human rights body

March 24, 2011

(Delegates observe a one-minute silence during the high level segment of the 16th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud)

(Delegates at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, February 28, 2011/Valentin Flauraud)

from FaithWorld:

Handouts dash Saudi king’s reformer reputation

By Reuters Staff
March 21, 2011

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(Saudi King Abdullah addresses the nation from his office at the Royal Palace in Riyadh March 18, 2011/Saudi Press Agency)

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Guest contribution-a tribute to Shahbaz Bhatti

By Guest Contributor
March 17, 2011

shahbaz(The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the author’s alone. The writer is Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK)

from FaithWorld:

Tibetan monk burns to death in China protest, support group says

By Reuters Staff
March 16, 2011

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A Tibetan Buddhist monk burnt himself to death in western China Wednesday, triggering a street protest against government controls on the restive region, a group campaigning for Tibetan self-rule said. The self-immolation appeared to be a small repeat of protests that gripped Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, when Buddhist monks and other Tibetan people loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama, their traditional religious leader, confronted police and troops.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Towards a review of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

March 12, 2011

rehman malikAfter two assassinations, Pakistani politicians are finally beginning to address tensions over the country's blasphemy laws.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

No booty here, and that’s the gospel!

March 8, 2011

POPE-AUSTRALIA/YOUTH

Check it out. A new edition of the Bible, available tomorrow, is replacing words such as "booty" and "holocaust" to "better reflect modern understanding."

from FaithWorld:

Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to integrate, not assimilate

By Reuters Staff
February 28, 2011

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(Confetti is released as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage following a speech to some 15,000 Turks living in Germany at an arena in Duesseldorf February 27, 2011/Wolfgang Rattay )