India’s Modi seeks humble, tolerant new image after poll rout

By Reuters Staff
February 20, 2015
(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015. Modi vowed on Tuesday to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots. REUTERS/Stringer)

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ notion that West at war with Islam

By Reuters Staff
February 20, 2015
(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

A trench in Iraq exacerbates Sunni fears of sectarian partition

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2015
(An aerial view shows the Shrines of Imam al-Abbas and Imam al-Hussein during the commemoration of Arbain in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad December 13, 2014. Iraqi officials say millions of Shi'ite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighbouring countries are expected in Kerbala for Saturday's Arbain ritual, which marks the last of 40 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein that happened around 1,300 years ago. REUTERS/Abdul-Zahra)

(An aerial view shows the Shrines of Imam al-Abbas and Imam al-Hussein during the commemoration of Arbain in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Abdul-Zahra)

from India Insight:

Protesters give a goodbye kiss to liberal Bengaluru

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2015

By Sai Sachin R and Priyanka Shankar

Bengaluru used to have a reputation as India’s air-conditioned city. Temperatures were mild and so were manners. Once considered liberal and tolerant, the city once known as Bangalore is acquiring a reputation of narrow mindedness, say activists who accuse city authorities of “moral policing,” even over something as universally human as a kiss.

Thai health ministry incensed over Chinese New Year joss sticks

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2015
(A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

(A man prays for good fortune while holding incense joss sticks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

German Catholic archdiocese reveals it’s richer than Vatican

February 19, 2015
(ILE PHOTO FROM 13JULY94 - A fork of lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum near Cologne cathedral. Cologne will celebrate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral on August 15. AKW)

(Lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum next to Cologne cathedral on 13 July 1994/Reuters. 
AKW)

Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

February 18, 2015
(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter's Square after Pope Francis' weekly audience, February 18, 2015. The prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter’s Square after Pope Francis’ weekly audience, February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

from The Great Debate:

Why Arab Spring made life better in Tunisia, failed everywhere else

By Ellen McLarney
February 18, 2015

A Tunisian fan reacts after Tunisia lost their quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea in Bata

A Tunisian fan soccer fan. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Earlier this month, Tunisia's newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the first democratic elections to be held during the Arab Spring, marks an astonishing democratic culmination in the birthplace of the movement. It has also proven hard to replicate.

Bishops say British democracy is failing, immigration debate is ‘racist’

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2015
(Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at York Minster before a service to consecrate Reverend Libby Lane as the first female Bishop in the Church of England, in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

(Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at York Minster in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

India’s PM Modi vows to protect all religious minorities

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2015
(A protester attends a rally by hundreds of Christians against recent attacks on churches nationwide, in Mumbai February 9, 2015. Five churches in the Indian capital New Delhi have reported incidents of arson, vandalism and burglary. The latest was reported last week when an individual stole ceremonial items. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(A protester attends a rally by hundreds of Christians against recent attacks on churches nationwide, in Mumbai February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)