UK anti-Semitic incidents soar in first half of year – report

July 31, 2015
(A member of the Jewish community walks in north London January 20, 2015. Police officials have been working closely with Jewish organisations to step up security arrangements after the attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris earlier this month. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

(A member of the Jewish community walks in north London January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

Taliban leader Mullah Omar – a pious Afghan enigma

By Reuters Staff
July 31, 2015
(Mullah Omar of Afghanistan's Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image. Afghanistan said on July 29, 2015 it was investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the militant Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency, was dead. REUTERS/National Counterterrorism Center/Handout via Reuters)

(Mullah Omar of Afghanistan’s Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image.  REUTERS/National Counterterrorism Center)

Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six

July 31, 2015
(An Orthodox Jewish assailant (C) stabs participants at an annual gay pride parade, wounding six, in Jerusalem on Thursday, police and witnesses said July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kobi Schutz)

(An Orthodox Jewish assailant (C) stabs participants at an annual gay pride parade, wounding six, in Jerusalem on Thursday, police and witnesses said July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kobi Schutz)

Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China’s Communist Party hierarchy

July 31, 2015
(People hold burning incense to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of new year in Beijing, January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

(People hold burning incense to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of new year in Beijing, January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

Central Asia’s crackdown on militant Islam risks provoking a backlash

By Reuters Staff
July 31, 2015
(People walk along Khast Imam square amid heavy fog in Tashkent December 25, 2009. Uzbekistan will vote on Sunday in a parliamentary election certain to cement President Islam Karimov's grip on power in a Central Asian nation key to Western efforts to contain the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

(People walk along Khast Imam square amid heavy fog in Tashkent December 25, 2009. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

from The Great Debate:

How to avoid creating a new generation of ignorance and hate

By Erna Solberg
July 31, 2015

Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, attend class at Maikohi secondary school inside a IDP camp in Yola

Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, in class at Maikohi secondary school inside a camp for internally displaced persons in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

from The Great Debate:

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

By David Rohde
July 30, 2015

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province in this December 13, 2010 picture. REUTERS/Stringer

Nepal Hindu temple bans five-yearly mass animal sacrifice: pressure group

By Reuters Staff
July 28, 2015
(Sacrificed buffaloes lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony November 28, 2014)

(Sacrificed buffaloes lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)

Ireland to give adopted people access to birth records for first time

July 28, 2015
(Celtic cross at Ballinskelligs Prioryin County Kerry, Ireland, March 18, 2008/Ulrich Hartmann)

(Celtic cross at Ballinskelligs Priory in County Kerry, Ireland, March 18, 2008/Ulrich Hartmann)

Pennsylvania officials brace for crowds during Pope Francis Sept. visit

By Reuters Staff
July 28, 2015
(he crowd of faithful gather while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive to celebrate mass in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. The Argentine pontiff, who is wrapping up his three-country tour of South America, has made defending the poor a major theme of his "homecoming" trip, which also took him to Ecuador and Bolivia, ranked among Latin America's poorest countries. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno)

Catholics wait for Pope Francis to arrive to celebrate mass in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno)