India arrests 140 for Hindu-Muslim clashes as PM Modi tours U.S.

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2014
(A Rapid Action Force (RAF) member fires a tear gas shell to disperse a mob after clashes in Vadodara in the western Indian state of Gujarat September 26, 2014. Authorities in India's Gujarat state arrested at least 40 people after late-night clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the city of Vadodara and suspended mobile phone Internet and bulk text messaging services for four days, officials said on Sunday. Picture taken September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

(A Rapid Action Force (RAF) member fires a tear gas shell to disperse a mob after clashes in Vadodara in the western Indian state of Gujarat September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Two popes attend gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican

September 29, 2014
(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. Former Pope Benedict will take part in a gathering of elderly people at the Vatican on Sunday, only his third appearance at a public event since he resigned in February 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Radical Myanmar monk joins hands with Sri Lankan Buddhists

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2014
(Buddhist monk Wirathu (C), leader of the 969 movement, talks to media during Venerable U Uttara's hearing, a leader of Buddhists in Britain (not pictured ), at Tarmway court in Yangon June 20, 2014. A Yangon Court today freed five monks, detained and defrocked after raiding a disputed Yangon monastery last week, on bail and allowed them to rejoin Holy Order. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(Buddhist monk Wirathu (C), leader of the 969 movement, talks to media  in Yangon June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout and get close to electing first president

September 29, 2014
(Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Marina Silva waves to journalists as she arrives for a TV debate, in Sao Paulo September 28, 2014. Brazil will be holding its general elections on October 5, 2014, to elect the country's National Congress, president, state governors and state legislatures. REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

(Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Marina Silva waves to journalists as she arrives for a TV debate, in Sao Paulo September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

French Muslims denounce “cowardly murder” of tour guide in Algeria

September 26, 2014
(Muslims, holding French and Algerian flags, attend a gathering in front of the Paris Mosque after Friday prayers September 26, 2014 to pay tribute to Herve Gourdel, a French mountain guide who was beheaded by an Algerian Islamist group. Thousands of French Muslims, who at 5 million make up about eight percent of the population, are set to rally across the country on Friday to protest Islamic State, which many say does not represent their religion. The placards read "# Not in my name". REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

(Muslims, holding French and Algerian flags, attend a gathering in front of the Paris Mosque after Friday prayers September 26, 2014 to pay tribute to Herve Gourdel, a French mountain guide who was beheaded by an Algerian Islamist group. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

Islamic State ‘brand’ gains ground among Asian Muslim militants

September 26, 2014
(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. Philippine troops killed more than 30 Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and overran the rebels' main base on a remote island in the south of the country, a top military commander said on Tuesday. Picture taken September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

India’s PM Modi faces U.S. damages case over Gujarat anti-Muslim riots

By Reuters Staff
September 26, 2014
(Indian Hindus riot in the smoke-shrouded streets of Ahmedabad, the main city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, on March 1, 2002. A hardline Indian Hindu group offered to delay its plan to build a controversial temple in a bid to help end the bloodiest religious violence in a decade, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. REUTERS/Arko Datta)

(Indian Hindus riot in the smoke-shrouded streets of Ahmedabad, the main
city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, on March 1, 2002. 
REUTERS/Arko Datta)

Pope Francis sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest

September 26, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

(Pope Francis waves as he leads the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to Islamic State

September 25, 2014
(A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV )

(Islamic State “Caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

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Fleeing Islamic State

September 25, 2014

Suruc, Turkey
By Murad Sezer

Tens of thousands of Kurdish Syrians have fled Islamic State and flocked to the Turkish border. Most of them are from the Syrian border town Kobani and its surrounding villages, where the group’s fighters have launched attacks, but other refugees have travelled from further away.