Malaysia to prop up Sedition Act to protect “sanctity of Islam”

By Reuters Staff
November 27, 2014
(Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak gives the keynote address during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) annual assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur November 27, 2014. Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government. The Malaysian leader told a meeting of his ruling UMNO party that the act would be maintained and strengthened. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

(Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak gives the keynote address during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) annual assembly in Kuala Lumpur November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

Secular France moves to confront jihadism after slow start

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(Pierre N'Gahane, the French official in charge of deradicalisation nationally, poses during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris November 21, 2014. France has been slow to respond to the spread of jihadist ideology due to strict state secularism, although a pilot programme in Paris using psychologists and educators seeks to de-radicalise would-be jihadis. N'Gahane said it has still not been decided how to deradicalise those in prison. An estimated 1,000 French nationals have been linked to fighting in Syria or Iraq, more than any other Western nation, with 100 of those now back in France. Picture taken November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

(Pierre N’Gahane, the French official in charge of deradicalisation nationally, poses during an interview with Reuters in his office in Paris November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Pakistan TV mogul gets 26 years’ jail for blasphemy, army role seen

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(A policeman walks past a wall with graffiti directed at local media house Geo TV in Karachi May 20, 2014. Pakistan's biggest television station Geo TV said it was ramping up security on Tuesday after it became the object of dozens of blasphemy accusations for playing a song during an interview with an actress. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

(A policeman walks past a wall with graffiti directed at local media house Geo TV in Karachi May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Pope Francis says orders investigation into clergy sexual abuse in Spain

November 26, 2014
(Pope Francis attends a session of the European Parliament at the institution's headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

(Pope Francis attends a session of the European Parliament at the institution’s headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church urges government not to use pope’s visit to help election campaign

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(A man cycles past St. James Church and a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa which reads "May you live a long life" in Jaffna June 6, 2014. For many minority Tamils here, the end of the almost three-decade-long conflict - with the crushing defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers in May 2009 - has brought little peace, despite government efforts to smother the former rebel stronghold with visible economic development. Picture taken June 6, 2014. To match Feature FOUNDATION-SRILANKA/RIGHTS REUTERS/Nita Bhalla  )

(A man cycles past St. James Church and a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa which reads “May you live a long life” in Jaffna June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Nita Bhalla)

Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to respond with a "heavy hand" and accused Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting violence in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Modi gives Buddha a miss as South Asian leaders flock to Nepal

November 25, 2014
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(Peace temple in Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha,  23 Oct 2012/Nilsu31)

Visiting Nepal for a South Asia summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped plans to hold rallies at the birthplaces of the Buddha and a Hindu goddess, after controversy over whether he was gaining too much prominence inside Nepal.

Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope Francis tells Europe

November 25, 2014
(Unmarked graves of people whose remains were found at sea in the year of 2011 are seen at the cemetery in Lampedusa October 4, 2013. Tens of thousands of migrants arrived at the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the Arab Spring unrest in North Africa in 2011, with many who died when making such journeys. Choppy seas prevented divers on Friday from recovering more bodies of migrants who died in a shipwreck off Sicily that has killed an estimated 300, in one of the worst disasters of Europe's immigration crisis. Rescue teams have so far recovered 111 bodies and expect to find more than 100 others in and around the wreck, submerged in 47 metres of water less than a kilometre (0.6 miles) from the shore of the southern island of Lampedusa. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello)

(Unmarked graves of people whose remains were found at sea in the year of 2011 are seen at the cemetery in Lampedusa October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello)

Fears grow in India about Hindu ‘Modi-fication’ of education

By Reuters Staff
November 24, 2014
(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community during a reception at the Allphones Arena located at Sydney Olympic Park in western Sydney November 17, 2014. Modi is on a three-day offcial visit to Australia following the G20 leaders summit which was held in Brisbane over the weekend. REUTERS/Rick Stevens)

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community in western Sydney November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Stevens)

For many young British Muslims, tug of peace is stronger than pull of war

By Reuters Staff
November 24, 2014
(Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. In Jordan, they will bring food packages for Syrian refugees. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

(Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. 
REUTERS/Darren Staples)