Republican California candidate for governor blasted over Sharia comments

May 9, 2014
(Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

(Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

‘Election’ massacres of Muslims darken India immigration debate

May 9, 2014
(Villagers from Muslim communities wail upon seeing the body of a woman at a relief camp in Narayanguri village in Baksa district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam May 4, 2014. India deployed troops in Assam on Saturday after more than 30 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by Bodo tribal militants, who resent the presence of settlers they claim are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial front-runner in India's mammoth general election, on Sunday reiterated his strong stance against illegal immigrants, just days after a wave of sectarian killings in the north-eastern state of Assam. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)

(Villagers from Muslim communities wail upon seeing the body of a woman at a relief camp in Narayanguri village in Baksa district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam May 4, 2014.REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)

Pakistan’s Hindus and other minorities face surge of violence

By Reuters Staff
May 8, 2014
(A member of the Hindu community holds a damaged statue inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan's Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo. All of Pakistan's minorities - Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi'ite Muslims - feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them. Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year. REUTERS/Faheem Soormro)

(A member of the Hindu community holds a damaged statue inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Faheem Soormro)

Anti-Christian slogans alarm Catholic Church before Pope Francis’s Holy Land visit

May 8, 2014
(A church worker looks at a church wall sprayed with graffiti in Jerusalem February 20, 2012. Vandals daubed "Death to Christianity" on the Jerusalem church on Monday in the second such attack in the holy city this month, police said. The words "Price Tag", a slogan used by ultranationalist Jewish settlers, were also scrawled on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Jewish west Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(A church worker looks at a church wall sprayed with graffiti in Jerusalem February 20, 2012. Vandals daubed “Death to Christianity” on the Jerusalem church. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Gunmen kill Pakistan lawyer defending professor in blasphemy case

By Reuters Staff
May 8, 2014
(The mother of Rashid Rehman, a lawyer who was killed by unidentified gunmen a day earlier, stands over his body in Multan May 8, 2014. Gunmen posing as clients shot dead Rehman, the prominent human rights lawyer defending a professor accused of blasphemy, officials said Thursday, underscoring the danger facing those trying to put an end to religious intolerance in majority-Muslim Pakistan. Wednesday's killing of Rehman in the southern city Multan was the first time a lawyer has been killed for taking on a blasphemy case, police said. REUTERS/Stringer)

(The mother of Rashid Rehman, a lawyer who was killed by unidentified gunmen a day earlier, stands over his body in Multan May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Lebanon Maronite Church head’s planned Jerusalem visit stirs controversy

By Reuters Staff
May 8, 2014
(Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai attends a memorial ceremony for victims killed in a militant attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Church in 2010, at the Church in Baghdad October 31, 2011. Fifty-two hostages and police were killed during an attack on the church on October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Saad Shalash )

(Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Baghdad October 31, 2011.  REUTERS/Saad Shalash )

Islamic officials condemn kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls

May 8, 2014
(A woman holds a sign during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria last month, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained. Boko Haram on April 14 stormed an all-girl secondary school in Chibok, in Borno state, then packed the teenagers, who had been taking exams, onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

(A woman holds a sign during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

More U.S. Hispanics are leaving Catholic Church: Pew survey

May 7, 2014
(Parishioners pray at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Chicago April 10, 2008. Once solidly Irish, Italian and Polish, U.S. Catholicism is turning Hispanic and even a bit Vietnamese and African -- and immigration is keeping the church from losing its "market share" in the highly competitive field of faith in America.Picture taken April 10, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress )

(Parishioners pray at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Chicago April 10, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress )

Egypt’s presidential frontrunner Sisi says the Muslim Brotherhood is finished

May 7, 2014
(An Egyptian man on horse cart rides past a huge banner for Egypt's former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo, May 6, 2014. Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday appeared to rule out reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, raising the spectre of a prolonged conflict with a group he said was finished. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

(An Egyptian man on horse cart rides past a huge banner for Egypt’s former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo, May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

In China’s Xinjiang, economic divide seen fuelling ethnic unrest

By Reuters Staff
May 7, 2014
(Migrant workers walk outside the South Railway Station in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 2, 2014. Hundreds of migrant workers from distant corners of China pour daily into the Urumqi South railway station, their first waypoint on a journey carrying them to lucrative work in other parts of the far western Xinjiang region. Like the columns of police toting rifles and metal riot spears that weave between migrants resting on their luggage, the workers are a fixture at the station, which last week was targeted by a bomb and knife attack the government has blamed on religious extremists. Employment discrimination, experts say, along with a demographic shift that many Uighurs feel is diluting their culture, is fuelling resentment that spills over into violent attacks directed at Han Chinese, China's majority ethnic group. Picture taken May 2, 2014. To match Insight CHINA-XINJIANG/ REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic )

(Migrant workers walk outside the South Railway Station in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic )