Ethiopian Jews’ protests draw attention to racism in Israel

May 5, 2015
(Israeli protesters, Jews of Ethiopian origin, participate in a protest on what they say was police violence against their community in Jerusalem April 30, 2015. The demonstration that began as a peaceful march near national police headquarters in East Jerusalem, grew violent as protesters advanced towards Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence and gathered on a main road close by. The demonstration was called to protest police violence against members of the Ethiopian community after a video clip emerged this week showing two police officers assaulting an Ethiopian army conscript and arresting him. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(Israeli protesters, Jews of Ethiopian origin, participate in a protest on what they say was police violence against their community in Jerusalem April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

At Texas mosque, anger at both shooters and Mohammad exhibit

By Reuters Staff
May 5, 2015
(An aerial view shows the area around a car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas May 4, 2015. Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by a group described as anti-Islamic and billed as a free-speech event. REUTERS/Rex Curry)

(An aerial view shows the area around a car that was used the previous night by two gunmen, who were killed by police, as it is investigated by local police and the FBI in Garland, Texas May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Rex Curry)

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Meet Mangla Charan Mishra, ‘Friend of the Dead’

April 30, 2015

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If you ever find yourself driving down the secluded, dusty National Highway 96 in the remote Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, you probably will notice a billboard flashing this message in Hindi: “If you find any unclaimed dead body, inform us. We will cremate it in accordance with full religious procedures.”

Drought, expanding deserts and ‘food for jihad’ drive Mali’s conflict

By Reuters Staff
April 28, 2015
(Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA walk in the desert near Tabankort, February 15, 2015. Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels resumed U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Algeria on Monday in pursuit of an accord to end uprisings by separatists seeking more self-rule for the northern region they call Azawad. Picture taken February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Souleymane Ag Anara)

(Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA walk in the desert near Tabankort, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Souleymane Ag Anara)

Iran bans magazine for encouraging cohabitation over wedlock

By Reuters Staff
April 28, 2015
(An Iranian couple rest at a park in central Tehran, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

(An Iranian couple rest at a park in central Tehran, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says new leaders are taking over

By Reuters Staff
April 28, 2015
(Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy (R) and deputy head of the Freedom and Justice Party Essam El-Erian (L) gesture the four-finger Rabia sign from behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of Cairo, April 21, 2015. An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, to 20 years in jail on charges of inciting the killing of protesters in Cairo in December 2012. The Rabia sign symbolizes support for the Muslim Brotherhood. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

(Muslim Brotherhood’s senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy (R) and deputy head of the Freedom and Justice Party Essam El-Erian (L) from behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of Cairo, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Divorce Italian style becomes easier as Catholic Church influence further wanes

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
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(Marcello Mastroianni in “Divorce Italian Style”)

Italy has slashed the time it takes to get a divorce to six months from three years in the latest sign of the Catholic Church’s waning influence over life and politics here.

Hit by Hindu nationalist beef ban, Muslim butchers in India eye Jersey cows

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Workers walk through a shed past empty meat hooks during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks at an abattoir in Mumbai March 23, 2015. A renewed thrust by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protect cows, worshipped by majority Hindus, has closed abbatoirs in Maharashtra, making it hard for farmers to sell their animals, and restrictions are spreading to other states. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(Workers walk through a shed past empty meat hooks during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks at an abattoir in Mumbai March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

Malaysia orders probe after protest forces church to take down cross

By Reuters Staff
April 24, 2015
(Burn marks are seen on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010. Arsonists in Malaysia struck a fourth church on Saturday as the government tried to soothe tensions arising from a row over the use of the word "Allah" to refer to the Christian God. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)

(Burn marks are seen on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad)