Inauguration of non-Muslim Jakarta governor delayed to next week: media

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2014
(Members of the hardline Islamic group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attend a protest to show their opposition to acting Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is ethnically Chinese and a Christian, in Jakarta November 10, 2014. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname "Ahok", has taken over the position after former governor Joko Widodo became Indonesia's president last month.  The sign reads, "Ahok is the enemy of Islam". REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

(Members of the hardline Islamic group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attend a protest to show their opposition to acting Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is ethnically Chinese and a Christian, in Jakarta November 10, 2014. The sign reads, “Ahok is the enemy of Islam”. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

Followers of wanted Indian guru hold out against police

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2014
(Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled "godman" take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana November 18, 2014. Followers of a self-styled "godman" armed with clubs and stones defied rounds of teargas from Indian security forces on Tuesday, preventing police from arresting the controversial guru who is wanted on murder charges. Police failed to break through the human chain of men, women and children around the fortress-like, sprawling hermitage where the 63-year-old Satguru Rampalji Maharaj lives in the state of Haryana, 170 km (105 miles) northeast of New Delhi. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled “godman” take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Cyprus’s Greek and Turkish foes unite to save ancient religious site

November 18, 2014
(A general view of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery is seen as it undergoes renovation in Cyprus, November 11, 2014. On a remote outcrop in divided Cyprus, Greeks and Turks have put aside decades of enmity to restore their shared cultural heritage, battered by war and neglect. Every day for the next 16 months, Greek and Turkish Cypriots will be working on the Apostolos Andreas monastery, an imposing two-storey sandstone structure dedicated to St Andrew and built atop jutting rocks at the pinnacle of a needle-shaped peninsula. Picture taken November 11, 2014. To match story CYPRUS-MONASTERY/RESTORATION REUTERS/Andreas Manolis)

(A general view of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery is seen as it undergoes renovation in Cyprus, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Andreas Manolis)

Zen anti-Vietnam war leader Thich Nhat Hanh suffers brain haemorrhage

November 18, 2014
(Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (C), who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. Internationally renowned Zen monk Nhat Hanh on Friday led larger-than-expected crowds in a ceremony intended to heal wounds of the Vietnam war that ended 32 years ago this month. REUTERS/Kham)

(Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (C), who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Kham)

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)