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 )

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

The wrong tomb?

February 22, 2011

gbu pope tomb 490

You have the wrong information in a photo caption.

The Photo is Benedict XVI praying in front of tomb of John Paul I. John Paul II is buried in ground, and has a slanting tombstone.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

An oxymoron?

February 11, 2011

Mubarak likely to quit, Brotherhood fears coup

EGYPT/CAIRO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looked likely to step down on Thursday after more than two weeks of protests against his 30-year rule and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood said it looked like there had been a military coup.

from FaithWorld:

Saudis want more science in religion-heavy education

February 10, 2011

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(Secondary students sit for an exam in Riyadh June 15, 2008/Fahad Shadeed)

Saudi teenager Abdulrahman Saeed lives in one of the richest countries in the world, but his prospects are poor, he blames his education, and it's not a situation that looks like changing soon. "There is not enough in our curriculum," says Saeed, 16, who goes to an all-male state school in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. "It is just theoretical teaching, and there is no practice or guidance to prepare us for the job market."

from FaithWorld:

Bless me iPhone for I have sinned — an app for Catholic confession

By Reuters Staff
February 8, 2011

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(Religion apps for the iPhone, photographed in New York, July 21, 2010/Tom Heneghan)