from John Lloyd:

Russia’s scorning of Europe

By John Lloyd
May 1, 2014

After a quarter of a century of claiming to be a part of Europe, Russia has ceased to regard it as a goal. As tension over Ukraine remains taut, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has confirmed a new line. He no longer wants Russia to be thought of as “European.” Europe and Russia, he now says, are in separate moral spheres.

Brunei adopts sharia law, others in Southeast Asia consider it

April 30, 2014
(Bruneian Muslims pray during mass prayers for the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 at Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan March 13, 2014. Malaysian authorities said on Thursday there was no evidence that a jetliner missing for almost six days flew for hours after losing contact with air traffic controllers and continued to transmit technical data. REUTERS/Ahim Rani )

(Bruneian Muslims pray during mass prayers at Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan March 13, 2014.REUTERS/Ahim Rani )

Secularist underdogs fight to be heard in Iraq’s national election

By Reuters Staff
April 30, 2014
(A fully-veiled woman walks after marking her ballot at a polling booth during a parliamentary election in Baghdad April 30, 2014. Iraqis headed to the polls on Wednesday in their first national election since U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki seeking a third term amid rising violence. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani )

(A fully-veiled woman walks after marking her ballot at a polling booth during a parliamentary election in Baghdad April 30, 2014.REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani )

Cobblestones to remember murdered Jews multiply in Berlin

By Reuters Staff
April 30, 2014
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(A memorial stone commemorating Holocaust victims Karl Bukofzer and Alfred Koh in front of their former home in Berlin, November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter )

Nigeria’s surging Christian-Muslim bloodshed strains ‘marriage of irreconcilables’

By Reuters Staff
April 29, 2014

(The leader of the displaced Fulani herdsmen Haruna Usman in Barkin Kogi, Zango Kataf, Kaduna State March 22, 2014. Picture taken March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Israeli forces demolish West Bank mosque as peace talks deadline passes

By Reuters Staff
April 29, 2014

(A Palestinian man holds damaged loudspeakers belonging to a mosque after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

Two U.S. soldiers lose bid to dress according to religious custom

April 29, 2014

(U.S. army soldiers are seen marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri )

‘Rebel priest’ in Ukraine prays for pro-Russian gunmen but denies covert support

April 29, 2014

(A pro-Russian armed man stands guard at a barricade near the state security service building in Slaviansk, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Turkey’s Erdogan calls on U.S. to extradite rival cleric Fethullah Gulen

By Reuters Staff
April 29, 2014

(Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Selahattin Sevi/Zaman Daily via Cihan News Agency )

Hungarians march against anti-Semitism after far-right poll gains

By Reuters Staff
April 29, 2014

(People participate in the annual “March of the Living” walk in remembrance of the more than half million Hungarian Jews who died in the Holocaust during World War Two, in Budapest, April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)