Russian FSB men steal and try to sell priceless Gutenberg Bible

June 6, 2014
(A Gutenberg Bible page, showing

(A Gutenberg Bible page)

A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service has been jailed for stealing a rare bible by 15th century German printer Johannes Gutenberg and trying to sell it for about $1.15 million (683,560 pounds), a fraction of its true value, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

New PM Modi’s nationalist foot soldiers take center-stage in India

June 6, 2014
(Activists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu hardline group, hold bamboo sticks as they take part in a march in the central Indian city of Bhopal February 23, 2014. Standing with Narendra Modi as he was sworn in as prime minister on the majestic forecourt of India's presidential palace was a cabinet made up almost entirely of ministers whose careers started in a hardline Hindu nationalist movement. After the stunning majority won by Modi's party in the general election, the movement that believes multi-faith India should be recognized first and foremost as a Hindu nation feels closer than ever before to achieving its goals. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the movement led by the RSS actively campaigned in the election, using technology and sheer manpower to mobilize voters in regions where Modi's party has traditionally been weak. Picture taken February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Raj Patidar)

(Activists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu hardline group, march in the central Indian city of Bhopal February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Raj Patidar)

Brazil’s Catholic Church gives World Cup organizers a ‘red card’

By Reuters Staff
June 6, 2014
(An aerial shot shows the Arena Fonte Nova stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, northern Brazil March 28, 2014. Picture taken March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Valter Pontes )

(Arena Fonte Nova stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, northern Brazil March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Valter Pontes )

Pope Francis fires entire board of Vatican financial watchdog

June 6, 2014
(New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6, 2014. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consist of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5.7 ft) tall and without a beard. New recruits are sworn in every year on May 6 to commemorate the day where 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome in 1527. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

(New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) on May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

Irish Catholic Church says horrified by children’s mass grave

June 6, 2014
(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bons Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. Local residents on Tuesday said they hoped a campaign is making headway to commemorate the unmarked mass grave of nearly 800 babies found in Tuam. The infants were buried without coffins in the grounds of a former home for unmarried mothers between 1925 and 1961. A total of 796 babies toddlers and children were buried in this mass grave. Death records show the children died from malnutrition and infectious disease. REUTERS/Stringer )

(The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bon Secours home for unmarried mothers is seen in Tuam, County Galway June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Sword-wielding Sikhs clash at India’s Golden Temple

By Reuters Staff
June 6, 2014
Sikhs hold swords as they protest during a clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar June 6, 2014. Sikhs wielding swords clashed inside the compound of their religion's holiest shrine on Friday, the 30th anniversary of a controversial raid by Indian security forces that flushed out separatist militants holed up in the temple. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

(Sikhs hold swords as they protest during a clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Munish Sharma)

Muslims pray to turn Turkey’s greatest monument back into a mosque

June 6, 2014
(Local and foreign visitors, with the Byzantine-era monument of Hagia Sophia in the background, stroll at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul August 23, 2013. The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey grew at its slowest pace for eight months in July, as the impact of anti-government protests and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan took their toll, data showed on Friday. Foreign arrivals rose 0.48 percent year-on-year last month to 4.59 million people, according to the Tourism Ministry figures, the lowest rise since November. The number of visitors rose 4.93 percent the previous month. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

(Hagia Sophia in Istanbul August 23, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer )

It has served as the exalted seat of two faiths since its vast dome and lustrous gold mosaics first levitated above Istanbul in the 6th Century: Christendom’s greatest cathedral for 900 years and one of Islam’s greatest mosques for another 500.

Saudi Arabia may curb Dutch trade ties over Wilders’ anti-Islam slogans

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2014
(Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders speaks during an interview with Reuters in The Hague April 17, 2014. Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the European Union on Thursday, accusing it of inciting violence by dangling the "carrot" of EU integration. Wilders, whose party is second in Dutch opinion polls, said the European Union had no business adopting a joint foreign policy towards its giant eastern neighbour and that EU sanctions against Russia would be ineffective. To match Interview EU-ELECTION/DUTCH-WILDERS REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

(Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders in The Hague April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

Church can help heal Scottish independence divisions, says Queen Elizabeth

May 19, 2014
*(People stand at the main entrance of Canongate Kirk in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland March 9, 2011. Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry the captain of England's rugby team, Mike Tindall, in July, Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday, becoming the monarch's second grandchild to get married in the space of a few months. Buckingham Palace said Phillips, 29, and Tindall would wed at Canongate Kirk, the parish church of Edinburgh Castle. REUTERS/David Moir )

(Canongate Kirk, the parish church of Edinburgh Castle, in Edinburgh, Scotland March 9, 2011. REUTERS/David Moir )