Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2015
(Phra Buddha Issara reacts during an interview with Reuters at Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom February 27, 2015. Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernising nation are corrupting monks. Surrounded by verdant green rice fields at Wat Or Noi temple, Issara said he wants better oversight of temple finances and to shake up the fossilised structure of Thai Buddhism. Picture taken February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

(Phra Buddha Issara reacts during an interview with Reuters at Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

Syria war draws in Christian musician and seven brothers

March 2, 2015
(Former music teacher Ibrahim Dawoud, now a fighter with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, holds a shell fragment after he was wounded by what he said was shelling on his home in the ancient Christian quarter of Bab-Touma in Damascus January 27, 2015. In the Old City of Damascus, the Syrian war drove eight Christian brothers to take up arms to defend their community from insurgents they saw as an existential threat. Two of the Dawoud brothers, born and raised in the ancient Christian quarter of Bab Touma, were killed last September battling jihadists who have come to dominate the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad. The Dawouds are a sample of the support base that has helped the government through the war about to enter its fifth year. Many Christians are staunch Assad supporters. They look to him for protection against jihadists including the Islamic State group, whose brutal methods including beheadings and forced conversion have terrified minorities and mainstream Muslims alike. Picture taken January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)

(Former music teacher Ibrahim Dawoud, now a fighter with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, holds a shell fragment after he was wounded by what he said was shelling on his home in the ancient Christian quarter of Bab-Touma in Damascus January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)

India’s parliament disrupted over Hindu leader’s remarks about Mother Teresa

By Reuters Staff
February 27, 2015
(Nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity order follow the service to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa (pictured in banner) at her tomb in the Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata August 26, 2010. Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died in 1997, was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003 at the Vatican. Teresa's birth centenary was marked on Thursday. REUTERS/Deshakalayan Chowdhury)

(Nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity order follow the service to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa (pictured in banner) at her tomb in the Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata August 26, 2010. REUTERS/Deshakalayan Chowdhury)

Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith

By Reuters Staff
February 27, 2015
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(Dira Square in Riyadh, site of public executions, 15 April 2007/BroadArrow)

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette has reported.

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps

February 27, 2015
(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Placard reads ' Never again'. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of a demonstration against anti-Semitism at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Catholic Church in Oslo accused of fraudulently taking state aid

By Reuters Staff
February 27, 2015
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Oslo’s prosecutor accused the Catholic Church in the Norwegian capital on Thursday of defrauding the state of 50 million crowns ($6.57 million) by falsely claiming aid.

Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty – Reuters poll

By Reuters Staff
February 27, 2015
(A man walks over a bridge as smoke rises from chimneys of a thermal power plant in Shanghai February 23, 2015. Nearly 90 percent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013 as the country's "war on pollution" began to take effect, the environment ministry said on February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

(A man walks over a bridge as smoke rises from chimneys of a thermal power plant in Shanghai February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

France plans broader dialogue with its large Muslim minority

February 25, 2015
(A mosque is seen near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015. Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country's secular tradition. In the "cit?s", housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect. Picture taken January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

(A mosque near council housing blocks in Aulnay-Sous-Bois, near Paris, January 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Austria passes ‘Law on Islam’ banning foreign money for Muslim groups

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015
(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. Austria called on Thursday for standardised German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organisations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism. The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

(The minaret of a mosque in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

New York City and Jewish leaders reach deal on circumcision health risks

February 25, 2015
(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish father (C) holds his son before his circumcision in Jerusalem September 24, 2012. Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin of the penis, is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys performed eight days after birth as a mark of faith ordained by the Bible, and is widely practiced in Israel both by religious and secular Jewish families. Picture taken September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(An ultra-Orthodox Jewish father (C) holds his son before his circumcision in Jerusalem September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)