Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus to Israel after Islamist militia takeover

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2015
(A car passes in front of a sign depicting the motto of the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group in Sanaa September 16, 2012. According to local media, the Houthi group has taken advantage of the growing turmoil against the U.S. after the production of a film offensive to Prophet Muhammad, to work to promote their ideas and slogans in the capital Sanaa. The sign reads, "Allah is the greatest of all. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam". REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)

(A car passes in front of a sign depicting the motto of the al-Houthi Shi’ite rebel group in Sanaa September 16, 2012. The sign reads, “Allah is the greatest of all. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam”. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)

Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2015
(A general view shows Duhok, a well-known summer-time resort in the Kurdish dominated Iraqi north, some 350 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in this picture taken January 31, 2004)

(A general view shows Duhok, in the Kurdish dominated Iraqi north, some 350 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in this picture taken January 31, 2004)

India’s PM Modi appalled by temple built to worship him

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2015
(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

from India Insight:

Movie Review – MSG: The Messenger of God

February 13, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Watching most Bollywood movies calls for a healthy suspension of disbelief, but if you dare make the trip to see the wonder that is “MSG: The Messenger of God”, make sure to leave behind every ounce of common sense or sanity that you possess, and submit yourself to the events unfolding on screen.

Prominent U.S. Mormon activist excommunicated for doubting LDS doctrine

By Reuters Staff
February 11, 2015
(A group of Mormon women walk to Temple Square in an attempt to get tickets to the priesthood meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semi-annual gathering known as general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. The group, who want ecclesiastical equality with men, seeked admittance to a male-only session of the faith's spring conference on Saturday, as they promote the ordination of women into the lay priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

(Mormon women walk to Temple Square in an attempt to get tickets to the priesthood meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semi-annual general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

Jewish groups rap German anti-Semitism commission for omitting Jews

February 10, 2015
(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

In Belgium, parents’ dismay as Syria jihad lures troubled teens

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2015
(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son outside the Antwerp courthouse, where the trial of the group is currently taking place, January 29, 2015. As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe's biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities' struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment. But for parents in Antwerp, a city on high alert since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and police raids on Belgian jihadists, the ruling on February 11 by judges there may never explain why their two sporty teenagers, with no Muslim heritage, abandoned comfortable homes to take up arms in the Middle East. And whatever sentences may be passed on their sons, Brian De Mulder's mother and Jejoen Bontinck's father both say the damage done by those who recruited them - harm that includes lost jobs and disrupted homes for parents and siblings - cannot be undone. Picture taken on January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son, January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

February 10, 2015
(Page from an edition of the Mahabharata, Pahari, North-Western India, 19th century gouache and ink on paper, one side depicting Bhima with attendants, the other Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from the Kijaka story Provenance: Private Collection, Germany)

(Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from a 19th-century edition of the Mahabharata, from Pahari in northwestern India, gouache and ink on paper/Private collection, Germany)

from The Great Debate:

Why Islamic State’s brand of horror works so well

By Arie W. Kruglanski
February 10, 2015

People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, in Tokyo

People walk past television screens displaying a news program about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo Jan. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

UK needs to take urgent action over anti-Semitism, lawmakers say

February 9, 2015
(Members of the Jewish community collect their children from school in north London January 20, 2015. Police officials have been working closely with Jewish organisations to step up security arrangements after the attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris earlier this month. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

(Orthodox Jews collect their children from school in north London January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)