Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero nearer to sainthood

February 3, 2015
(Salvadorans carry banners with the image of slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero during the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of his death at the Metropolitan cathedral in downtown San Salvador March 24, 2010. Romero was shot dead by a right-wing hit squad while preparing for mass at Divina Providencia Cancer Hospital in the El Salvadorian capital on March 24, 1980. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez)

(Salvadorans carry banners with the image of slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero during the commemorations of the 30th anniversary of his death at the cathedral in downtown San Salvador March 24, 2010. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez)

Islamic finance looks to outgrow bad habits as it expands

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2015
(A bank customer visits the Bank Islam branch office in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur November 6, 2013. London has long been the default centre for international firms to issue sharia-compliant bonds, part of a fast-growing Islamic finance sector that will be worth $2 trillion globally next year, according to consultants Ernst and Young. But it faces a mounting challenge from two centres: Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian capital has a reputation for efficient regulation of Islamic finance and a huge domestic market for local-currency Islamic bonds, which is now starting to attract foreign issuers. To match Analysis ISLAMIC-FINANCE/COMPETITION Picture taken November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

(A bank customer visits the Bank Islam branch office in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

Abbas orders probe into Palestinian cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2015
(French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by Heads of state including (LtoR) Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Switzerland's President Simonetta Sommaruga as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. French citizens will be joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march on Sunday in an unprecedented tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

(Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with French President Francois Hollande, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders at a solidarity march for free speech in Paris January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Hardline Indian Hindus become PM Modi’s enemies from within

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2015
(Indian priest-turned-lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj poses at his residence in New Delhi January 30, 2015. The Hindu priest, who has been charged with rioting and inciting communal violence, is the embodiment of hardline religious elements in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party whose strident behaviour is dragging on the government's economic reform agenda. Picture taken January 30. To match Insight INDIA-MODI/HINDUISM REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

(Indian priest-turned-lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj poses at his residence in New Delhi January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

from The Great Debate:

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

By Sarah Chayes
February 3, 2015

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

German carnival drops Charlie Hebdo-inspired float after Paris attack

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
(A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former U.S. spy agency NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) take parts in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf March 3, 2014. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(German carnival parades are known for their political floats – here is one with caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) in the Duesseldorf Rose Monday parade on March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

Wife of flogged Saudi blogger Raif Badawi says his health is worsening

February 2, 2015
(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. Ensaf Haidar, the wife of a Saudi rights activist, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year, said Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not possibly survive the full punishment. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
(Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 30, 2015. The first mosque in the United States to be solely dedicated to women launched with a women-led prayer service. REUTERS/Lori Shepler)

(Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women’s Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Lori Shepler)

Iceland to build its first temple to the Norse gods in 1,000 years

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
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(Thor and the jötunn Hymir in an 18th century Icelandic manuscript/Jakob Sigurðsson)

Pope Francis and Eritrean Catholic priest among Nobel Peace nominees

February 2, 2015
(he front of the Nobel medal awarded to this year's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is seen in this picture taken December 8, 2010. Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in an Oslo ceremony derided by Beijing as a farce, and dedicated it from his prison cell to the "lost souls" of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Picture taken December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Berit Roald/)

(he front of the Nobel medal awarded to the 2010  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, in Oslo on December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Berit Roald)