India’s Modi orders his BJP party to rein in its pro-Hindu agenda

By Reuters Staff
December 17, 2014
(Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Kathua, south of Jammu December 13, 2014. The five-phased polls in Jammu and Kashmir will end on December 20 and the results would be announced on December 23. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta)

(Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Kathua, south of Jammu December 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta)

No room at the inn? U.S. atheists see holiday displays vandalized

December 17, 2014
("Beware of Dogma" billboard of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On West Beltline Frontage Road, next to Culver’s Restaurant, 2102 West Beltline Highway, Madison, WI.)

(“Beware of Dogma” billboard of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, 19 Nov 2008/Jeffrey M. Dean)

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Will Pakistan’s grief force it to cut ties with Islamic militants?

By Matthew Green
December 17, 2014

A mother mourns her son Mohammed Ali Khan, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at her house in Peshawar

Pakistan’s army knew it would pay a price when it launched an offensive in the mountains of North Waziristan. But even in their worst imaginings, few officers could have foreseen the way revenge would be served: an attack on an Army-run school that cost the lives of 132 students. Many were the teenage sons of soldiers.

Indian Hindu group plans to convert Christians and Muslims on Christmas

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(A couple take part in a religion conversion ceremony from Christianity to Hinduism at Hasayan town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Insight INDIA-RELIGION/MODI REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

(A couple take part in a religion conversion ceremony from Christianity to Hinduism at Hasayan town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Austria to close Saudi school for not providing names of its teachers

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(St. Stephen's cathedral is pictured behind an advent market in Vienna December 1, 2013. The German expression "Es weihnachtet sehr" (It's getting very Christmassy) fits the mood in Vienna as Austria's capital decks itself out in style for the holiday season. The centre of the old Habsburg empire treats locals and visitors to quaint Christmas markets featuring crafts and decorations, hot punch and baked goods in all the city's main squares. Picture taken December 1, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)

(St. Stephen’s cathedral is pictured behind an advent market in Vienna December 1, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)

Sisters in the vanguard as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood battles to survive

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi walk in the rain during a protest at Al-Haram street, in Cairo December 13, 2013. With many of its male members jailed, Egypt's besieged Muslim Brotherhood is calling up an unlikely reserve force against the army-backed government in the conservative Arab country. At more and more protests, female members of the Islamist movement can be seen taking on security forces mounting one of their fiercest crackdowns against the group. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi walk in the rain during a protest at Al-Haram street, in Cairo December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer)

Factbox: Turkish government’s battle with U.S.-based Muslim cleric Gülen

December 16, 2014
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(Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanli (C), escorted by plainclothes police officers, is cheered on by his colleagues as he leaves the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

U.S. asks Vatican for help finding solution for Guantanamo inmates

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(Activists wearing orange jumpsuits mark the 100th day of prisoners' hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay during a protest in front of the White House in Washington May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(Activists wearing orange jumpsuits mark the 100th day of prisoners’ hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay during a protest in front of the White House in Washington May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Sydney siege sparks “I’ll ride with you” campaign for worried Muslims

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(Members of the Australian Muslim community place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe, where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney December 16, 2014. Heavily armed Australian police stormed the Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed. REUTERS/David Gray)

(Members of the Australian Muslim community place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe, where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney December 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray)

Chancellor Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support

December 15, 2014
(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden December 8, 2014. Opponents of Germany's policy towards asylum seekers and Islam took part in the protest in the eastern German town on Monday. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, in Dresden December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)