World headed toward ‘suicide’ if no climate agreement: Pope Francis

By Reuters Staff
December 1, 2015
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool

(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro)

Iraq blames Iran after thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims storm border crossing

By Reuters Staff
December 1, 2015
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(Shi’ite Muslims gather at the Hussain Mosque in Karbala after a pilgrimage on foot during the Arbaeen ritual,  30 March 2005 /Larry E. Johns)

Muslim killed on edge of Central African Republic enclave visited by Pope Francis

By Reuters Staff
December 1, 2015
United Nations peacekeepers prepare to secure the grounds of the central mosque in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, for the visit of Pope Francis, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WGKF

(United Nations peacekeepers prepare to secure the grounds of the central mosque in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola)

from India Insight:

Glimpses of Indian Buddhist art

December 1, 2015

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E (north-west part of undivided India) Indian Museum, Kolkata

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E., Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)

from The Great Debate:

The Vatican can’t seem to get out of the secrets business

By John Lloyd
December 1, 2015

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican November 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1VM7L

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros makes rare Jerusalem visit

By Reuters Staff
November 30, 2015
Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II (C), head of the Coptic Orthodox church, arrives to  the funeral of Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East, in Jerusalem's Old City November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Egyptian Coptic Pope Tawadros II (C), head of the Coptic Orthodox church, arrives to the funeral of Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East, in Jerusalem’s Old City November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Pope Francis ends Africa tour with mosque visit in besieged Muslim enclave

November 30, 2015
Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini - RTX1WGN8

(Pope Francis (centre, R) attends next to Tidiani Moussa Naibi Imam (centre, L) of the Koudoukou Mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Man scales Rome’s Colosseum to protest against city’s Holy Year crackdown

By Reuters Staff
November 30, 2015
A man stands after he climbed onto an outside ledge of Rome's Colosseum during a protest at a new decree restricting sightseeing tours, rickshaw rides and centurion impersonators as part of a public order crackdown in Rome, Italy November 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1W4I3

(A man stands on an outside ledge of Rome’s Colosseum during a protest at a public order crackdown in Rome, Italy November 27, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

France calls for an “enlightened Islam” to counter jihadist ideology

November 30, 2015
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attend a debate at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

(French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuvu (R) and Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) attend a debate at the National Assembly in Paris, France, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

from The Great Debate:

Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

By Jack Goldstone
November 30, 2015

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the former Ottoman Empire in 1920.     REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) - RTXUR9R

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri