In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics and “Islamisation”

October 28, 2014
(A man cuts meat from a spit as he prepares kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille October 9, 2014. In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France's hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural "islamisation". Some 300 million kebabs at about 6 euros each are eaten in 10,200 outlets in France each year, putting the 1.5 billion euro ($1.9 billion) industry just behind burgers and pizza, according to Gira Conseil, a market research company. Picture taken October 9, 2014. To match Feature FRANCE-IMMIGRATION/KEBABS REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

(A man cuts meat from a spit as he prepares kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews

October 26, 2014

  (Visitors stand under the "Celestial Canopy", a reconstructed painted ceiling of a synagogue that once stood in Gwozdziec (present-day Ukraine), at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw October 21, 2014, one week before the official opening of the core exhibition. Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities. The country will take a step in that direction next week with the opening of the main exhibition at Warsaw's newly built Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a project that sets out to remember not just how Jews in Poland died, but how they lived. To match story JEWS-EUROPE/POLAND Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(Visitors stand under the “Celestial Canopy”, a reconstructed painted ceiling of a synagogue that once stood in Gwozdziec (present-day Ukraine), at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Islamic State ‘brand’ gains ground among Asian Muslim militants

September 26, 2014
(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. Philippine troops killed more than 30 Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and overran the rebels' main base on a remote island in the south of the country, a top military commander said on Tuesday. Picture taken September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

September 22, 2014
(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014. More than 2,000 German mosques have invited Germans of all religions to join their Friday prayers to present a united front against the Islamic State to try to dissuade young Muslims from travelling to fight with radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Hannibal )

(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal )

German Muslims invite all faiths to day of prayer against Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
September 17, 2014
(A woman watches during her visit at the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab-Moschee mosque at Islamic Maschari-Center at Berlin's Kreuzberg district October 3, 2011. Mosques around Germany participate traditionally on the German unity day to open their mosques to the public. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

(A Muslim woman visit s the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab-Moschee mosque at Islamic Maschari-Center in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

Chief Rabbi Korsia says French society has turned indifferent to anti-Semitism

September 16, 2014
(French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia meets with the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris, Sept.. 16, 2014//Tom Heneghan)

(French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia meets with the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris, Sept.. 16, 2014//Tom Heneghan)

At landmark Berlin rally, German Chancellor Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

September 14, 2014
(German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Background reads ' Stand up !'. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Background reads ‘”Stand up ! Never again hatred of Jews! REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarize in Modi’s India

September 5, 2014
(People take part in a religion conversion ceremony from Christianity to Hinduism at Hasayan town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Insight INDIA-RELIGION/MODI REUTERS/Adnan Abidi )

(People take part in a religion conversion ceremony from Christianity to Hinduism at Hasayan town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi )

Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

August 29, 2014
(The Cologne cathedral is pictured October 16, 2005. WORLD CUP 2006 PREVIEW CITYSCAPE REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

(The Cologne cathedral,  October 16, 2005. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

A change in Germany’s capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money.

In change of heart, Nepal allows cremation of Tibetan monk

By Reuters Staff
July 31, 2014
(Buddhist monks take part in the funeral of Shamar Rinpoche in a monastery in Kathmandu July 31, 2014. Nepal has allowed a monk prominent in Tibetan Buddhism to be cremated in a monastery in Kathmandu, a minister said on Tuesday, disregarding fears of possible anti-China protests by his followers during the funeral. The government had previously barred the followers of Shamar Rinpoche from bringing his body back to Nepal - where he ran a monastery - for the final rites, a decision that local media had blamed on pressure from China. Rinpoche, also known as the Shamarpa, died of a heart attack in Germany aged 62 on June 11. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )

(Buddhist monks take part in the funeral of Shamar Rinpoche in a monastery in Kathmandu July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )