Commentary: Islamic State may be down, but it’s far from out

May 24, 2016
Family members visit the graves of their loved ones, most of them People's Protection Units members, who were killed during fightings against Islamic State in north Syria, at a cemetery in Diyarbakir, Turkey February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

(Family members visit the graves of their loved ones killed during fighting against Islamic State in north Syria, at a cemetery in Diyarbakir, Turkey February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar)

German anti-immigration party AfD breaks off talks with Muslims

May 24, 2016
Anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) chairwoman Frauke Petry (C) arrives for a meeting with Nurhan Soykan, first deputy chairwoman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (centre L) and Sadiqu Al-Mousllie (centre 2nd L) member of the Syrian opposition in Germany, at a hotel in Berlin, Germany May 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Axel Schmidt TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

(Anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) chairwoman Frauke Petry (C) arrives for a meeting with the Central Council of Muslims in Germany at a hotel in Berlin,  May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt)

Bone fragment of murdered archbishop of Canterbury begins English pilgrimage

May 24, 2016
Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nicolls (L) receives the Hungarian relic of St Thomas a Beckett from  Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest Cardinal Peter Erdo before a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London, Britain May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

(Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nicolls (L) receives the Hungarian relic of St Thomas a Beckett from Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest Cardinal Peter Erdo before a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London, Britain May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall)

from Breakingviews:

Saudi’s three great pillars are showing cracks

May 24, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Hardliner elected as head of Iran’s top clerical body

May 24, 2016
Ahmad Jannati speaks during Tehran's Friday prayers October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

(Ahmad Jannati speaks during Tehran’s Friday prayers October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Tunisian Islamists Ennahda move to separate politics and religion

May 23, 2016
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, arrives surrounded by bodyguards at the National Conference on Employment in Tunis, Tunisia, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

(Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, arrives surrounded by bodyguards at the National Conference on Employment in Tunis, Tunisia, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)

Audit of U.S. Catholic church shows sharp spike in sex abuse reports

May 23, 2016
Catholic Bishops meet at the start of an afternoon session during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Spring Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, June 13, 2012.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell

(Catholic Bishops meet at the start of an afternoon session during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Spring Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, June 13, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

After ‘sons of whores’ comment, Philippines’ Duterte will defy Church with three-child policy

May 23, 2016
President-elect Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte speaks during a news conference in his hometown Davao City in southern Philippines, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

(President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte speaks during a news conference in his hometown Davao City in southern Philippines, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer)

Pope Francis meets top Egyptian cleric, ending five-year freeze in relations

May 23, 2016
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb (L), Egyptian Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, at the Vatican May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb (L), Egyptian Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, at the Vatican May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq and Libya

May 18, 2016
Pope Francis gestures at the end of the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSETG8

(Pope Francis gestures at the end of the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)