Jewish-Arab school attack scars Jerusalem’s troubled co-existence

By Reuters Staff
December 4, 2014
(Mirvat, a second grade school girl, practises her Oud at the Hand in Hand Arab Jewish bilingual school in Jerusalem December 3, 2014. The Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem presents an almost too-perfect scene in a tense and divided city, where Jews and Arabs do daily business but rarely befriend one other. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(Mirvat, a second grade school girl, practises her Oud at the Hand in Hand Arab Jewish bilingual school in Jerusalem December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

India’s Modi under pressure over minister’s tirade against non-Hindus

By Reuters Staff
December 4, 2014
(A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a placard with a picture of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he attends a rally addressed by the party president Amit Shah (not pictured) in Kolkata November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

(A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a placard with a picture of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he attends a rally addressed by the party president Amit Shah (not pictured) in Kolkata November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

Top Egyptian Muslim leader urges broader action against Islamist militants

By Reuters Staff
December 4, 2014
((L-R) Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church ; Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar Institution ; Mohammed Yasaf of the Moroccan Higher Scholarly Council ; Sheikh Ibrahim Salih Al-Husaini, Mufti of Nigeria; Mohammed bin Saud, Omani Mufti deputy ; Sheikh Ali Al-Ami, Lebanese Shiite Mufti of Tyre, attend the conference "Azhar in the face of terrorism and extremism", in Cairo, December 3, 2014. Grand Imam of Egypt?s al-Azhar Institution Ahmed al-Tayeb addressed a two-day international conference in Cairo organised by his institution. The grand imam stressed that "terrorist organisations" try to sell a "fraudulent" image of Islam.Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church launched the conference alongside Tayeb. Around 600 Muslim scholars and popes of eastern churches representing around 120 countries are attending the conference, reported state-run news agency MENA. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper)

((L-R) Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church ; Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Institution ; Mohammed Yasaf of the Moroccan Higher Scholarly Council ; Sheikh Ibrahim Salih Al-Husaini, Mufti of Nigeria; Mohammed bin Saud, Omani Mufti deputy ; Sheikh Ali Al-Ami, Lebanese Shiite Mufti of Tyre, attend the conference “Azhar in the face of terrorism and extremism”, in Cairo, December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper)

Vote for same-sex marriage would be grave injustice – Irish Catholic Church

December 4, 2014
(Celtic cross at Ballinskelligs Priory Date18 March 2008/Ulrich Hartmann)

(Celtic cross at Ballinskelligs Priory, 18 March 2008/Ulrich Hartmann)

Ireland’s church said it would be “a grave injustice” if gay and lesbian couples were granted equality in marriage as it began an uphill battle to persuade voters to reject same sex marriage in a referendum next year.

from Edward Hadas:

Cultural gloom spawns economic decay

By Edward Hadas
December 4, 2014

By Edward Hadas

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

from Photographers' Blog:

A haunting sacrifice

December 3, 2014

Bariyapur, Nepal

By Navesh Chitrakar

Butcher holding his blade stands among sacrificed buffalos inside an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the "Gadhimai Mela" festival held in Bariyapur

Known for its large number of animal sacrifices, the Gadhimai Festival is held once every five years at the Gadhimai Temple in Bariyapur, around 150 km (95 miles) from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

Bale checks “Life of Brian” to make sure his Moses isn’t Pythonesque

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
(Actor Christian Bale poses during a photocall for the film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" in Paris December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

(Actor Christian Bale poses during a photocall for the film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in Paris December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Canadian family lived with corpse for 6 months awaiting resurrection

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
(Rembrandt

(The Raising of Lazarus, Rembrandt, about 1630-1632, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Pakistan police register blasphemy case against ‘disco mullah’

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
(junaid jamshed)

(Junaid Jamshed, 27 December 2009/Joshua Sherurcij)

Pakistan police said on Wednesday they were investigating blasphemy allegations against a man dubbed the “disco mullah” who quit a career in pop music to become a preacher.

European court condemns Turkey for discriminating against Alevis

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
(A protester holds a banner reading "we are alevi" as he and many others wait to hear the decision of the court in front of a courthouse in Ankara March 13, 2012. Turkish police fired tear-gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds protesting on Tuesday against the dropping of a case against five people charged with killing 37 writers and liberals in a 1993 hotel fire set off by Islamist rioters.The opposition accused Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party, which emerged from a series of banned Islamist parties of being responsible for the failure to find the five.The case against two others charged with the kilings was dropped as the accused had died. One of them, the prime suspect who was the local mayor from the same party to which Erdogan belonged, passed away last year, close to the scene of the fire. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

(A protester holds a banner reading “we are alevi” as he and many others wait to hear the decision of the court in front of a courthouse in Ankara March 13, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)