Mormon leaders reaffirm faith’s exclusive commitment to heterosexual marriage

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los Angeles, California, United States May 11, 2015. California water regulators last week adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los Angeles, California, United States May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Bookkeeper of Auschwitz says he can only ask God for forgiveness

By Reuters Staff
July 2, 2015
(Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", sits in the courtroom ahead of his trial in the 'Ritterakademie' venue in Lueneburg, Germany, July 1, 2015. Groening is accused by prosecutors of being an accessory in the murder of 300,000 people, even though he was not involved in any actual killing at the notorious Nazi death camp. REUTERS/Ronny Hartmann/Pool)

(Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, sits in the courtroom ahead of his trial in the ‘Ritterakademie’ venue in Lueneburg, Germany, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Ronny Hartmann)

Keep human dignity at center of solution to Greek crisis, Pope Francis urges leaders

July 2, 2015
(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

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Why Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists will lead to bloodshed

By Mohamad Bazzi
July 1, 2015

A woman burns a portrait of ousted President Mohamed Mursi at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests, in Cairo

A woman burns a portrait of ousted President Mohamed Mursi at the funeral of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, on the second anniversary of the June 30 protests, in Cairo, Egypt, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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Even Christian Evangelicals are warming to gay marriage

By Matthew Vines
June 26, 2015

Casey Kend of New York and a supporter of gay marriage holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

Casey Kend, a supporter of gay marriage, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

China warns UK music festival organisers who invited Dalai Lama

June 26, 2015
(Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama acknowledges the audience at a school in Katoomba, west of Sydney, during his first public appearance on his current visit to Australia June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed)

(Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama acknowledges the audience at a school in Katoomba, west of Sydney, during his first public appearance on his visit to Australia June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed)

California moves to limit religious exemptions to vaccination for school children

By Reuters Staff
June 26, 2015
(A health worker in Ciudad Juarez at the Mexican border crossing with El Paso, Texas, hands out leaflets to passing motorists and people as part of a measles prevention programme, February 16, 2015. California public health officials have confirmed three more cases of measles in an outbreak that began in late December, bringing to 113 the total number of people believed to have been infected in the state. Health officials in Arizona, where seven cases of measles have been documented, said the outbreak would likely be considered over in that state if no further infections were reported over the weekend. Across the United States, more than 150 people have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to an outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

(A health worker in Ciudad Juarez at the Mexican border crossing with El Paso, Texas, hands out leaflets for a measles prevention programme, February 16, 2015. Across the border in the United States, more than 150 people have been diagnosed with measles after an outbreak that began at Disneyland in late December. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

Death threats for Saudi satire star who fights Islamic State with laughs

By Reuters Staff
June 26, 2015
(A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer)

(A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

from The Great Debate:

Seeking a sacred space of their own, African-Americans often found pain

By James T. Campbell
June 26, 2015

Members of the public line along the street as a hearse carrying Reverend Clementa Pinckney arrives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for a public viewing in Charleston

Crowds watch as a hearse with the body of Reverend Clementa Pinckney arrives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for a public viewing in Charleston, South Carolina, June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Deprived of ‘checkbook diplomacy’ in Yemen and Syria, Saudi Arabia flounders

By David Hartwell
June 26, 2015

Houthi militant sits amidst debris from the Yemeni Football Association building, which was damaged in a Saudi-led air strike, in Sanaa

A Houthi militant sits amidst debris from the Yemeni Football Association building, which was damaged in a Saudi-led air strike, in Sanaa May 31, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi