Book Talk – The link between corruption and violent religious extremism

March 27, 2015
(Opium farmers watch from the sidelines as officials nearby plan to tear through their poppy fields in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently called for a holy war against drugs in Afghanistan, which is responsible for more than 75 percent of the world's heroin. REUTERS/Adrees Latif AL/CP)

(Farmers at their opium poppy fields near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Iran expands its regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

March 27, 2015
(Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a major gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington. The poster reads: "The leader of the Kuranic march Abdul Malik Badruddin al-Houthi." REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

(Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

Polish priest jailed for seven years over child sex abuse

By Reuters Staff
March 25, 2015
(Church of Saint Mary of Cz?stochowa; 54 Koscielna st., Wo?omin, Poland.)

(Church of Our Lady of Cz?stochowa in Wo?omin, Poland, 29 August 2012/Damian Kisielewski.)

Vatican to give homeless people a private VIP tour of the Sistine Chapel

March 25, 2015
(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. Pope Benedict meets up to 500 artists from around the world, as part of efforts to turn the page on the Vatican's sometimes conflicted relationship with the contemporary art world. Picture taken with fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Ted Cruz seeks to enlist U.S. Christians for 2016 White House bid

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2015
(A picture of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is surrounded by small U.S. flags at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013. At the booth attendees complete a questionnaire and are then directed to place a flag near a politician who espouses their same views. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

(A picture of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is surrounded by small U.S. flags at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

Spreading beef bans hit Indian farmers, traders – and lions

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2015
(Handcarts used for transporting meat are seen parked at an abattoir during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks 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)

(Handcarts used for transporting meat are seen parked at an abattoir during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks in Mumbai March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

UK to probe sharia courts, extremist preachers if Cameron wins – May

March 23, 2015
(Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a news conference in London March 23, 2015. Britain will introduce a raft of measures to counter Islamist extremism including a crackdown on Sharia law and incendiary preachers if David Cameron's Conservatives win May's election, Home Secretary May said on Monday. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

(Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a news conference in London March 23, 2015. Britain will introduce a raft of measures to counter Islamist extremism including a crackdown on Sharia law and incendiary preachers if David Cameron’s Conservatives win May’s election, Home Secretary May said on Monday. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

Woman killed by mob in Kabul over Koran was innocent: investigator

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2015
(Afghans from the Hmbastagi party (Solidarity Party of Afghanistan) wear masks during a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on Thursday, in Kabul March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(Afghans from the Hmbastagi party (Solidarity Party of Afghanistan) wear masks during a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on Thursday, in Kabul March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Fearing Islamic State, some Afghan Shi’ites seek help from old Sunni enemies

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2015
(Ethnic Hazara demonstrators gather in a protest demanding action to rescue Hazaras kidnapped from a bus by masked men who many believe are influenced by Islamic State, in Ghazni March 17, 2015. Even by Afghanistan's standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. The Hazaras – a largely Shi'ite minority killed in the thousands during the Taliban's hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of the 1990s – came to their old enemies seeking protection against what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in the area calling themselves "Daish", a term for Islamic State in the region. Picture taken March 17, 2015. To match AFGHANISTAN-ISLAMICSTATE/ REUTERS/Mustafa Andaleb)

(Ethnic Hazara demonstrators gather in a protest demanding action to rescue Hazaras kidnapped from a bus by masked men who many believe are influenced by Islamic State, in Ghazni March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Mustafa Andaleb)

Chilean Catholics protest naming of bishop linked to sex abuse

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2015
(Bishop Juan Barros (C) attends his first religious service as citizens (back R) protest against him at the Osorno cathedral, south of Santiago, March 21, 2015. Hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city on Saturday to protest the appointment of bishop Barros, accused of covering up for one of the nation's most notorious pedophiles. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)

(Bishop Juan Barros (C) attends his first religious service as citizens (back R) protest against him at the Osorno cathedral, south of Santiago, March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)