India’s PM Modi faces U.S. damages case over Gujarat anti-Muslim riots

By Reuters Staff
September 26, 2014
(Indian Hindus riot in the smoke-shrouded streets of Ahmedabad, the main city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, on March 1, 2002. A hardline Indian Hindu group offered to delay its plan to build a controversial temple in a bid to help end the bloodiest religious violence in a decade, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. REUTERS/Arko Datta)

(Indian Hindus riot in the smoke-shrouded streets of Ahmedabad, the main
city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, on March 1, 2002. 
REUTERS/Arko Datta)

Pope Francis sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

September 26, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to Islamic State

September 25, 2014
(A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV )

(Islamic State “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

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Fleeing Islamic State

September 25, 2014

Suruc, Turkey
By Murad Sezer

Tens of thousands of Kurdish Syrians have fled Islamic State and flocked to the Turkish border. Most of them are from the Syrian border town Kobani and its surrounding villages, where the group’s fighters have launched attacks, but other refugees have travelled from further away.

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Air strikes won’t disrupt Islamic State’s real safe haven: social media

By Rita Katz
September 24, 2014
jihad tweet President Barack Obama has pledged to destroy Islamic State and ensure fighters “find no safe haven.” But even as U.S.-led airstrikes are underway in Iraq and Syria, it is clear that bombs alone will not do the job. For Islamic State hides out in the most perfect haven: the World Wide Web.

In June 2014, the militant group that Obama refers to as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, grabbed the world’s attention after it took over much of northern Iraq in roughly four days. Islamic State accomplished this by building a massive, sophisticated virtual network of fighters in addition to those on the ground. Indeed, its expansion online has been as swift as its territorial gains. It is this virtual power grab that will be most difficult to combat.

Vatican arrests defrocked former archbishop on paedophilia charges

September 24, 2014
(Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. The Vatican has recalled Wesolowski, who has been in the Dominican Republic for nearly six years, and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on September 4, 2013. Picture taken August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre)

(Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, saying mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre)

New York politicians criticize anti-Islam ads due to run on buses

September 24, 2014
(A bus runs though Union Square Park after Hurricane Sandy hit New York October 30, 2012. Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of the whipping winds and heavy rains of the massive storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and many parts of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and extensive power outages. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )

(A bus runs though Union Square Park after Hurricane Sandy hit New York October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )

Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good cause

September 24, 2014
(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young )

(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young )

Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.

Myanmar’s Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India

By Reuters Staff
September 23, 2014
(A woman, who says she belongs to the Rohingya community from Myanmar, washes clothes as children play in a camp in New Delhi September 13, 2014. India, despite hosting some 30,000 registered refugees, has no legal recognition of asylum seekers, making it difficult for them to use essential services like schools and hospitals, human rights groups say - and the Rohingya community is among the most vulnerable. According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are around 9,000 Rohingya registered in Delhi. Picture taken September 13. To match FOUNDATION-STATELESS/INDIA-ROHINGYA REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

(A woman, who says she belongs to the Rohingya community from Myanmar, washes clothes as children play in a camp in New Delhi September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

Myanmar gives citizenship to 209 displaced Muslims, including Rohingya

By Reuters Staff
September 23, 2014
(Rohingya women are pictured at the Thae Chaung camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 22, 2014. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar. In February, Myanmar's government expelled the main aid group providing health to more than half a million Rohingya, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF-H), after the organisation said it had treated people believed to have been victims of violence in southern Maungdaw township in January. The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred. An attack in March on NGO and U.N. offices by a Rakhine mob led to the withdrawal of other groups providing healthcare and other essential aid to another 140,000 Rohingya living in camps. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Rohingya women are pictured at the Thae Chaung camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)