Ted Cruz seeks to enlist U.S. Christians for 2016 White House bid

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2015
(A picture of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is surrounded by small U.S. flags at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013. At the booth attendees complete a questionnaire and are then directed to place a flag near a politician who espouses their same views. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

(A picture of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is surrounded by small U.S. flags at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst )

Spreading beef bans hit Indian farmers, traders – and lions

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2015
(Handcarts used for transporting meat are seen parked at an abattoir during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks in Mumbai March 23, 2015. A renewed thrust by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protect cows, worshipped by majority Hindus, has closed abbatoirs in Maharashtra, making it hard for farmers to sell their animals, and restrictions are spreading to other states. REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI)

(Handcarts used for transporting meat are seen parked at an abattoir during a strike against a ban on the slaughter of bulls and bullocks in Mumbai March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

UK to probe sharia courts, extremist preachers if Cameron wins – May

March 23, 2015
(Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a news conference in London March 23, 2015. Britain will introduce a raft of measures to counter Islamist extremism including a crackdown on Sharia law and incendiary preachers if David Cameron's Conservatives win May's election, Home Secretary May said on Monday. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

(Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a news conference in London March 23, 2015. Britain will introduce a raft of measures to counter Islamist extremism including a crackdown on Sharia law and incendiary preachers if David Cameron’s Conservatives win May’s election, Home Secretary May said on Monday. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

Woman killed by mob in Kabul over Koran was innocent: investigator

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2015
(Afghans from the Hmbastagi party (Solidarity Party of Afghanistan) wear masks during a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on Thursday, in Kabul March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(Afghans from the Hmbastagi party (Solidarity Party of Afghanistan) wear masks during a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on Thursday, in Kabul March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Fearing Islamic State, some Afghan Shi’ites seek help from old Sunni enemies

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2015
(Ethnic Hazara demonstrators gather in a protest demanding action to rescue Hazaras kidnapped from a bus by masked men who many believe are influenced by Islamic State, in Ghazni March 17, 2015. Even by Afghanistan's standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary. The Hazaras – a largely Shi'ite minority killed in the thousands during the Taliban's hard-line Sunni Islamist rule of the 1990s – came to their old enemies seeking protection against what they deemed an even greater threat: masked men operating in the area calling themselves "Daish", a term for Islamic State in the region. Picture taken March 17, 2015. To match AFGHANISTAN-ISLAMICSTATE/ REUTERS/Mustafa Andaleb)

(Ethnic Hazara demonstrators gather in a protest demanding action to rescue Hazaras kidnapped from a bus by masked men who many believe are influenced by Islamic State, in Ghazni March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Mustafa Andaleb)

Chilean Catholics protest naming of bishop linked to sex abuse

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2015
(Bishop Juan Barros (C) attends his first religious service as citizens (back R) protest against him at the Osorno cathedral, south of Santiago, March 21, 2015. Hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city on Saturday to protest the appointment of bishop Barros, accused of covering up for one of the nation's most notorious pedophiles. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)

(Bishop Juan Barros (C) attends his first religious service as citizens (back R) protest against him at the Osorno cathedral, south of Santiago, March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)

French parliament passes ‘deep sleep’ bill for end of life

By Reuters Staff
March 20, 2015
(Nurses work at the palliative care unit of the AP-HP Paul-Brousse Hospital in Villejuif near Paris March 4, 2015. France's parliament will on Tuesday debate a bill allowing patients near the end of their lives to stop treatment and enter a "deep sleep" until they die, a move that critics say amounts to euthanasia in disguise. If passed, the legislation would give dying patients in the secular but majority Catholic country more power over their own treatment. Jean Leonetti, a centre-right lawmaker and doctor who authored the law, told Reuters the bill would allow patients with "hours or days to live" to request to be placed under general anaesthetic right through to the moment they die. Picture taken March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

(Nurses work at the palliative care unit of the AP-HP Paul-Brousse Hospital in Villejuif near Paris March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Malaysian move toward stricter Islamic law divides opposition party

By Reuters Staff
March 20, 2015
(A Malaysian Muslim prays during a lunch break on the 2nd day of the holy month of Ramadan inside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur June 30, 2014. Muslims are observing the fasting month of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. They celebrate the end of the sacred Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr festival. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

(A Malaysian Muslim prays during a lunch break on the 2nd day of the holy month of Ramadan inside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

San Francisco’s Catholic cathedral apologizes for spraying homeless with water

By Reuters Staff
March 20, 2015
(A pedestrian walks across the plaza at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, California March 19, 2015. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has issued an apology to homeless people who endured frequent dousings from a sprinkler system while sheltering at night on the grounds of its principal church, a spokesman said on Thursday. St. Mary's Cathedral had placed the sprinklers in four exterior alcoves to deter people from sleeping there and to keep the area clean but had no idea some individuals were enduring the showers, said spokesman Larry Kamer. St. Mary's former rector decided to place the sprinklers in the alcoves two years ago after the doorways and a path that adjoins a neighboring school became littered with crack pipes, hypodermic needles, condoms and human waste, Kamer said. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

(A pedestrian walks across the plaza at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, California March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

Holocaust-denying bishop defies Vatican again with consecration

March 20, 2015
(British-born Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson (2nd L) is escorted by police on his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London February 25, 2009. A Roman Catholic bishop who caused an international uproar by denying the scale of the Holocaust arrived back in his native Britain on Wednesday after the Argentine government ordered him out. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(British-born Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson (2nd L) is escorted by police on his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)