Britain bans Saudi cleric who supports jihad in Syria

By Reuters Staff
June 25, 2014
(Iraqi security forces display vehicles, weapons and ammunition confiscated from the Sunni militant group 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) in Samarra, June 6, 2014. Iraqi helicopters bombed the city of Samarra after insurgents overran parts of it early on Thursday, bringing them within striking distance of a Shi'ite shrine the destruction of which in a 2006 attack unleashed a bitter sectarian war. The offensive is part of an escalating conflict between Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim-led government and Sunni Islamist militants who have been regaining momentum in the past year, particularly in the west of the country bordering Syria. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Iraqi security forces display vehicles, weapons and ammunition confiscated from the Sunni militant group ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) in Samarra, June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Three European courts grapple with end-of-life dilemmas

June 25, 2014
(Marie-Genevieve Lambert (L), the half sister, and Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of Vincent Lambert, who is tetraplegic and currently on artificial life support, leaves the court after the verdict in a judicial case at the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) in Paris, June 24, 2014. France's top administrative court ruled on Tuesday that doctors should be allowed to take a tetraplegic man off life support after nearly six years in a coma, siding with his wife in a case that has revived a debate about euthanasia. The Council of State ruled that doctors had the right to end the medical support that has kept Vincent Lambert, brain-damaged and in vegetative state, artificially alive since a motorbike accident on the way to work plunged him into a coma in September 2008. The verdict follows a heart-rending battle between Lambert's wife Rachel, seeking to let the former psychiatric nurse die, and his parents, who took legal action last year to halt plans by his doctors to do that. REUTERS/John Schults)

(Marie-Genevieve Lambert (L), the half sister, and Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of Vincent Lambert, who is tetraplegic and currently on artificial life support, leaves the court after the verdict in a judicial case at the Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) in Paris, June 24, 2014. REUTERS/John Schults)

Sudan summons U.S., South Sudan envoys in row over Christian convert

June 25, 2014
(St. Matthew's Cathedral, Khartoum)

(St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Khartoum, 5 October 2013/Shmyg)

Sudan has summoned the U.S. and South Sudanese ambassadors over the new detention of a Christian convert who was trying to fly to the United States with her family after being released from death row, the state’s top security service said on Wednesday.

India’s Hindu holy men to advise on Modi’s Ganges river cleanup

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2014
(An Indian Hindu takes a dip in the polluted waters of river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 5, 2005. The devastating impact of mankind on the planet is dramatically illustrated in pictures in the "One Planet, Many People" atlas published on Saturday showing explosive urban sprawl, major deforestation and the sucking dry of inland seas over less than three decades. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash )

(An Indian Hindu takes a dip in the polluted waters of river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 5, 2005. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash )

Wear white to protest Singapore pink gay rally, religious groups say

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2014
(Participants dressed in pink enjoy a picnic before taking part in the forming of a giant pink dot at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 29, 2013. About 21,000 people took part in the Pink Dot Sg event to promote an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore, the organizer said. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

(Participants dressed in pink enjoy a picnic before taking part in the forming of a giant pink dot at the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

UPDATE – Sudan re-arrests Christian woman one day after release from death row

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2014
(St. Matthew's Cathedral, Khartoum)

(St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Khartoum, 5 October 2013/Shmyg)

UPDATE ON TUESDAY -

Sudanese authorities re-arrested a Sudanese woman on Tuesday hours after she was freed from death row, and detained her and her family as they tried to board a plane in Khartoum, a security source and her lawyer said.

Influential Muslim cleric calls for Sunni-Shi’ite dialogue in Iraq

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2014
(Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, gives a speech during Friday prayers, before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

(Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, gives a speech during Friday prayers at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Vatican cricketers to meet British royal household, Church of England teams

June 24, 2014
(A player from a team of priests and seminarians returns a ball during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae's Catholic College in Rome October 22, 2013. The Vatican officially declared its intention to defeat the Church of England on Tuesday - not in a theological re-match nearly 500 years after they split, but on the cricket pitch. The challenge was launched at the baptism of the St. Peter's Cricket Club. Vatican officials said the league will be composed of teams of priests and seminarians from Catholic colleges and seminaries in Rome. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

(A player from a team of priests and seminarians returns a ball during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae’s Catholic College in Rome October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Mormon church excommunicates prominent U.S. activist Kate Kelly

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2014
(Kate Kelly of Ordain Women weeps during a vigil as members of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider her excommunication from the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 22, 2014. Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, which advocates for gender equality in the Mormon church, was scheduled to be tried for apostasy by a panel of male lay church leaders in Virginia on Sunday. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart )

(Kate Kelly of Ordain Women weeps during a vigil as members of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider her excommunication from the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart )

U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel in occupation protest

By Reuters Staff
June 23, 2014
(Protesters gather outside the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, June 11, 2008. The protesters demonstrated against how Israel acquires Caterpillar heavy machinery from the U.S. REUTERS/Frank Polich)

(Protesters gather outside the Caterpillar annual shareholder meeting in Chicago, June 11, 2008. The protesters demonstrated against how Israel acquires Caterpillar heavy machinery from the U.S. REUTERS/Frank Polich)