Jailed murderer in Belgium granted request to die under euthanasia law

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2014
(Cemetery in Bruges, Belgium

(Cemetery in Bruges, Belgium, 10 July 2013/Wernervc)

A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to have doctors end his life following a ground-breaking ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia.

Egypt targets last bastion of Muslim Brotherhood dissent, Al Azhar University

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2014
(A student of Al-Azhar University walks along a wall covered with graffiti near a bus damaged by a bomb blast around the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo's Nasr City district December 26, 2013. The bomb blast hit the bus on Thursday, injuring four people, a spokesman for Egypt's interior ministry told Reuters, two days after a car bomb killed 16 in the Nile Delta. That graffiti says, "Mursi is in our hearts and my President. Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi = Syrian President Bashar al-Assad." REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh )

(A student of Al-Azhar University walks along a wall covered with graffiti at the Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo’s Nasr City district December 26, 2013. The graffiti says, “Mursi is in our hearts and my President. Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi = Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh )

Gunmen in Pakistan kill Islamic studies professor who faced blasphemy accusations

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2014
(Karachi skyline from Clifden beach

(Karachi skyline from Clifton beach, 13 February 2013/Umer07)

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views, police said.

from India Insight:

Book Talk – Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

September 19, 2014

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna's latest book pieces together the history of an Indian "hospice" in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago.

In Albania, Pope Francis to celebrate religious revival and tolerance

September 18, 2014
(St Paul's Cathedral in Tirana

(St Paul’s Cathedral in Tirana, 26 July 2009/Gertjan R.)

Father Gjergj Meta’s grandfather managed to save the gold chalice and communion plate from his village church when it was razed like many others in Albania during the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha half a century ago.

Mideast Christians urge Arabs lead the fight against Islamic State

September 17, 2014
(Displaced Iraq Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

(Displaced Iraq Christians who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, pray at a school acting as a refugee camp in Erbil September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

Saudi Arabia’s top clerics speak out against Islamist militancy

By Reuters Staff
September 17, 2014
(An aerial view of the Grand Mosque on the second day of Eid al-Adha in the holy city of Mecca October 16, 2013. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the Haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

(An aerial view of the Grand Mosque in Mecca October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

CORRECTED: Factory gives model fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church

By Reuters Staff
September 17, 2014
(Aerobatic teams Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) flying Sukhoi Su-27 and Strizhi flying MiG-29 set off flares above the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Kremlin during a rehearsal for the May 9 victory parade in Moscow May 5, 2008. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin )

(Aerobatic teams Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) flying Sukhoi Su-27 and Strizhi flying MiG-29 set off flares above the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Kremlin in Moscow May 5, 2008. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin )

German Muslims invite all faiths to day of prayer against Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
September 17, 2014
(A woman watches during her visit at the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab-Moschee mosque at Islamic Maschari-Center at Berlin's Kreuzberg district October 3, 2011. Mosques around Germany participate traditionally on the German unity day to open their mosques to the public. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

(A Muslim woman visit s the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab-Moschee mosque at Islamic Maschari-Center in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

Chief Rabbi Korsia says French society has turned indifferent to anti-Semitism

September 16, 2014
(French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia meets with the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris, Sept.. 16, 2014//Tom Heneghan)

(French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia meets with the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris, Sept.. 16, 2014//Tom Heneghan)