In Belgium, parents’ dismay as Syria jihad lures troubled teens

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2015
(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son outside the Antwerp courthouse, where the trial of the group is currently taking place, January 29, 2015. As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe's biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities' struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment. But for parents in Antwerp, a city on high alert since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and police raids on Belgian jihadists, the ruling on February 11 by judges there may never explain why their two sporty teenagers, with no Muslim heritage, abandoned comfortable homes to take up arms in the Middle East. And whatever sentences may be passed on their sons, Brian De Mulder's mother and Jejoen Bontinck's father both say the damage done by those who recruited them - harm that includes lost jobs and disrupted homes for parents and siblings - cannot be undone. Picture taken on January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son, January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

February 10, 2015
(Page from an edition of the Mahabharata, Pahari, North-Western India, 19th century gouache and ink on paper, one side depicting Bhima with attendants, the other Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from the Kijaka story Provenance: Private Collection, Germany)

(Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from a 19th-century edition of the Mahabharata, from Pahari in northwestern India, gouache and ink on paper/Private collection, Germany)

from The Great Debate:

Why Islamic State’s brand of horror works so well

By Arie W. Kruglanski
February 10, 2015

People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, in Tokyo

People walk past television screens displaying a news program about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo Jan. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

UK needs to take urgent action over anti-Semitism, lawmakers say

February 9, 2015
(Members of the Jewish community collect their children from school 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)

(Orthodox Jews collect their children from school in north London January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein honoured on grounds of Israeli hospital

By Reuters Staff
February 9, 2015
(Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims from India pray at a shrine located on the grounds of Barzilai Medical Center in the coastal town of Ashkelon February 8, 2015. The Israeli hospital, known mainly for treating the casualties of conflict in the nearby Gaza Strip, is home to a tomb where, in the view of some Shi'ite Muslims, the head of Hussein ibn Ali, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, lay interred for centuries following his death in battle. Picture taken February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

(Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims from India pray at a shrine located on the grounds of Barzilai Medical Center in the coastal town of Ashkelon February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

Prince Charles to tell Saudi king to halt blogger’s flogging – report

By Reuters Staff
February 9, 2015
(Britain's Prince Charles gestures during a visit to a historical site under reconstruction in Al-Diriyah February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Fayez Nureldine/Pool)

(Britain’s Prince Charles gestures during a visit to a historical site under reconstruction in Al-Diriyah February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Fayez Nureldine/Pool)

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown (with video)

February 9, 2015
(Pope Francis makes an unannounced stop at a shantytown on Rome's outskirts on Sunday, 8 Feb 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Francis makes an unannounced stop at a shantytown on Rome’s outskirts on Sunday, 8 Feb 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Canadian court backs right to die, strikes down assisted suicide ban

February 6, 2015
(Lee Carter (L) embraces her husband Hollis Johnson while speaking to journalists at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa February 6, 2015. The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, unanimously reversing a decision it made in 1993 and putting Canada in the company of a handful of Western countries where the practice will be legal. Carter's mother, Kay Carter, traveled to Switzerland to end her life in 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

(Lee Carter (L) embraces her husband Hollis Johnson while speaking to journalists at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Pope Francis gives homeless in rainy Rome lost-and-found umbrellas

February 6, 2015
(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of voting for the election of a new pope, at the Vatican March 13, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals will continue their conclave meeting inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave voting that elected Pope Francis, at the Vatican March 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

I’m a technology disaster, Pope Francis confesses on Google Hangout

February 5, 2015
(Ernesto Mancia (back), 15, and his classmates during a videoconference at the gang-infested neighbourhood of La Campanera, on the outskirts of San Salvador September 4, 2014. Pope Francis warned children living in violent areas of El Salvador to avoid the influence of gangs or "maras" during a videoconference from the Vatican, local media reported. The event was organised by the Futbol Forever Foundation, which aims to improve the living condition of impoverished youth. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)

(Ernesto Mancia (back), 15, and his classmates during a videoconference with youths in San Salvador September 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas)