Saddam’s former army is secret of success for Baghdadi’s Islamic State

June 18, 2015
(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)

(Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in  his first public appearance at a mosque in tIraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from the video.  REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

from The Great Debate:

Why Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion souls, cares about saving the material world

By Keith Douglass Warner
June 18, 2015

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth centre dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth center dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

from The Great Debate:

Why is no one helping Myanmar’s Rohingya?

June 17, 2015

Migrants believed to be Rohingya rest inside a shelter after being rescued from boats at Lhoksukon in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

Migrants believed to be Rohingya rest inside a shelter after being rescued from boats at Lhoksukon in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

Spain passes law granting dual nationality to Sephardic Jews

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2015
(Expulsión_de_los_judíos)

(Expulsión de los judíos de España (Expulsion of the Jews from Spain) by Emilio Sala y Francés, 1889, in the Prado museum in Madrid)

In Myanmar’s election year, radical Buddhism heightens tension

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2015
(Pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi are offered for sale next to those of Jesus Christ and Buddha in downtown Yangon April 4, 2015. With an historic general election just seven months away, Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is locked in a high-stakes showdown with a military-backed government she says isn't interested in reform. Some of her supporters within Myanmar's pro-democracy movement have begun to question whether the country's most popular politician has the political ability to prevail. Picture taken April 4, 2015. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi are offered for sale next to those of Jesus Christ and Buddha in downtown Yangon April 4, 2015. REUTERS/Minzayar)

Judge tells U.S. Army to let Sikh student into reserve officer training

June 17, 2015
(A Sikh boy marches in the annual Sikh Day Parade in New York, April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford)

(A Sikh boy marches in the annual Sikh Day Parade in New York, April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford)

PM Modi’s yoga offensive gets Indian Muslims stressed

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2015
(Participants perform a "Surya Namaskar" (sun salutation) during an early morning yoga session ahead of World Yoga Day, in New Delhi, India, June 13, 2015. World Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

(Participants perform a “Surya Namaskar” (sun salutation) during an early morning yoga session ahead of World Yoga Day, in New Delhi, India, June 13, 2015. World Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

With Mursi death sentence, Muslim Brotherhood dream of an Islamist Egypt fades

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2015
(Deposed President Mohamed Mursi greets his lawyers and people from behind bars after his verdict at a court on the outskirts of Cairo June 16, 2015. An Egyptian court sentenced Mursi to death on Tuesday over a mass jail break during the country's 2011 uprising and issued sweeping punishments against the leadership of Egypt's oldest Islamic group. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

(Deposed President Mohamed Mursi greets his lawyers and people from behind bars after his verdict at a court on the outskirts of Cairo June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

Taliban urge Islamic State to stop interference in Afghanistan

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2015
(Residents walk past as Afghan security forces inspect the scene of a suicide attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan June 1, 2015. Taliban militants stormed the police headquarters after a suicide bomb attack at its gate and wounded at least nine policemen, officials said on Monday. REUTERS/PARWIZ)

(Residents walk past as Afghan security forces inspect the scene of a suicide attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan June 1, 2015. Taliban militants stormed the police headquarters after a suicide bomb attack at its gate and wounded at least nine policemen, officials said on Monday. REUTERS/Parwiz)

Facing backlash, U.S. Muslims counter with new advertising campaign

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2015
(A billboard sponsored by Islamic Circle of North America is shown on a street in Sacramento, California in this undated handout photo released to Reuters June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Islamic Circle of North America/Handout via Reuters)

(A billboard sponsored by Islamic Circle of North America is shown on a street in Sacramento, California in this undated handout photo released to Reuters June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Islamic Circle of North America)