Islamic State is committing ‘staggering’ crimes in Iraq – U.N. report

October 3, 2014
(Residents watch militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Residents watch militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Facing fears over extremism, Austria unveils new law on Islam

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. Austria called on Thursday for standardised German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organisations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism. The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler )

(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler )

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions of Muslims gather for haj

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

Vatican family synod will be a test case for Pope Francis’ papacy

October 2, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance

October 1, 2014
(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. A French mission to rescue victims of the church massacre in Baghdad has raised questions about the fairness of such operations, with rights groups calling for the rescue of all Iraq's threatened groups, not just Christians. Picture taken December 24, 2010. To match Feature FRANCE-IRAQ/CHRISTIANS REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen )

(A woman prays near pictures of victims who were killed in an attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, during Christmas eve in Baghdad, in this photo taken December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen)

Hindu temple in India purified after low-caste chief minister visits

By Reuters Staff
October 1, 2014
(A temple priest adjusts the shield on a Goddess Durga statue at Veeramakaliamman Hindu temple in Singapore October 31, 2013. The Hindu community will celebrate the Festival of Lights known as Diwali or Deepavali, on November 2. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

(A temple priest adjusts the shield on a Goddess Durga statue at a Hindu temple in Singapore October 31, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

NFL admits mistake in penalizing Muslim player for post-touchdown prayer

By Reuters Staff
October 1, 2014
(Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah (39) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

(Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah (39) plays against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City on Oct. 13, 2013. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

from The Great Debate:

We all know about jihadists, but what about those waging an ‘anti-jihad’?

By Karima Bennoune
October 1, 2014

Human rights activist holds a placard during an anti-Talibanisation protest in LahoreAs the UN Security Council tackles the entity claiming to be “Islamic State,” and President Barack Obama invokes global Muslim responsibility, many ask whether people of Muslim heritage do enough to counter extremism.

James Foley photo removed from anti-Islamic bus ads in New York

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2014
(People ride a bus through Union Square Park in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York October 30, 2012. Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of the whipping winds and heavy rains of the massive storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and many parts of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and extensive power outages. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

(People ride a bus through Union Square Park in New York October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Repeal law punishing gay sex, adultery with lashes in Indonesia’s Aceh, says Amnesty

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2014
(People watch as an Acehnese man, one of eight who was found guilty of gambling by a Sharia court, receives a public flogging outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh September 19, 2014. Aceh is Indonesia's only province to have implemented Sharia, or Islamic laws. REUTERS/Junaidi Hanafiah)

(People watch as an Acehnese man, one of eight who was found guilty of gambling by a Sharia court, receives a public flogging outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Junaidi Hanafiah)