Law to declare Israel the Jewish nation-state hits hurdle

November 18, 2014
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit (L) arrive to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS))

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd L) and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit (L) arrive to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Gali Tibbon/Pool)

End of communism was not all good for Christianity: top Vatican official

November 18, 2014
(Pope Francis (L) poses with Metropolitan Hilarion, the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2013. Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church on Wednesday to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment and not allow the value of a person to be reduced to "what he produces and what he consumes". REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Francis (L) poses with Metropolitan Hilarion, the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Turkish media linked to exiled cleric Gülen say they shut out by government

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2014
(slamic preacher Fethullah Gülen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 24, 2013. Born in Erzurum, eastern Turkey, Gulen built up his reputation as a Muslim preacher with intense sermons that often moved him to tears. From his base in Izmir, he toured Turkey stressing the need to embrace scientific progress, shun radicalism and build bridges to the West and other faiths. The first Gulen school opened in 1982. In the following decades, the movement became a spectacular success, setting up hundreds of schools that turned out generations of capable graduates, who gravitated to influential jobs in the judiciary, police, media, state bureaucracy and private business. Picture taken September 24, 2013. To match Insight TURKEY-ERDOGAN/GULEN REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily)

(Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily)

Timeline: Rising violence in Jerusalem ahead of synagogue attack

November 18, 2014
(Pools of blood are seen near a religious Jewish text at the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in this handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city amid a surge in religious conflict. REUTERS/Kobi Gideon/GPO/Handout via Reuters)

(Pools of blood are seen near a religious Jewish text at the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in this handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kobi Gideon)

Israel recognises some Christian Arabs as separate ‘Aramaics’ ethnic group

By Reuters Staff
November 10, 2014
(A book of Aramaic hymns is displayed in the northern Israeli village of Jish October 25, 2014. In the green hills of the Galilee, where Jesus is said to have preached two thousand years ago, a group of a few hundred Aramaic speakers looking to revive the language of Christ are celebrating a victory in their quest to safeguard their heritage. In this place where tensions run high on issues of ethnicity, faith and citizenship, members of the Christian sect have won the right to change their designation in the population registry from "Arab" to a newly-created ethnic classification: "Aramaic." Picture taken October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly)

(A book of Aramaic hymns is displayed in the northern Israeli village of Jish October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly)

Pope Francis demotes outspoken American conservative Cardinal Burke

November 10, 2014
(Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate to mark the opening of the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of Vatican City at the Vatican, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Vatican to rein in sales of papal blessings, vendors cry foul

November 10, 2014
(A calligrapher makes a papal blessing on parchment at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. The Vatican has decided that as of Jan. 1, about 60 other producers and stores that have been in the papal blessing business for decades will no longer be allowed to make or sell them, a decision vendors say could cost up to 500 jobs. Picture taken November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(A calligrapher makes a papal blessing on parchment at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric says graft in army helped Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
November 10, 2014
(UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) meets with Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, in this July 24, 2014 picture provided by the United Nations. Ban sought guidance from Iraq's top cleric on Thursday, as he urged Iraqi politicians to form an inclusive government that can confront a Sunni militant insurgency. Ban's meeting with Sistani underscored the 83-year-old cleric's vast sway in Iraq, where Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is considered a polarising figure who has fueled sectarian tensions. REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe/United Nations/Handout via Reuters)

(Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf,  July 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe/United Nations/Handout via Reuters)

Jerusalem tension leaves Jordan more exposed to Mideast turmoil

By Reuters Staff
November 7, 2014
(Palestinians clean the Al Aqsa mosque after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City November 5, 2014. Israeli security forces hurling stun grenades clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers at al-Aqsa mosque - a confrontation that has played out frequently over the past several weeks. REUTERS/Ammar Awad ()

(Palestinians clean the Al Aqsa mosque after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Pakistani police officer axes man to death over blasphemy

By Reuters Staff
November 7, 2014
(Members of the Pakistani Christian community hold placards and wooden crosses during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Islamabad November 5, 2014. Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

(Members of the Pakistani Christian community hold placards and wooden crosses during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Islamabad November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)