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 )

When religion meets politics, U.S. Supreme Court justices sharpen their pencils

By Reuters Staff
May 7, 2014
(U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan (top R) poses with the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court while gathering for a group portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, October 8, 2010. From (L-R top) Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Kagan. From L-R seated are: Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. REUTERS/Larry Downing)

(U.S. Supreme Court justices in Washington, October 8, 2010. From (L-R top) Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Kagan. From L-R seated are: Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Amid boycott of Beverly Hills Hotel, city confronts Brunei over sharia law

By Reuters Staff
May 7, 2014
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(People protest outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, over Brunei’s strict sharia law penal code in Beverly Hills, California May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)

Vatican urges sex abuse critics not to stay “fossilized in the past”

May 7, 2014
(Marie Collins (L), member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, looks at Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley during their first briefing at the Holy See press office at the Vatican May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Marie Collins (L), member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, looks at Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley new at the Holy See press office at the Vatican May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Belgian police disperse crowd after ban on French comedian’s event

May 5, 2014
(French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, also known as just "Dieudonne", attends a news conference at the "Theatre de la Main d'or" in Paris January 11, 2014. A French court upheld a ban on a show scheduled in the central city of Tours on Friday by Dieudonne, accused of insulting the memory of Holocaust victims, the second performance in a nationwide tour to be banned. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

(French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Balaattends a news conference at the “Theatre de la Main d’or” in Paris January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

Papal commission on sex abuse wants accountability for priests, bishops

May 5, 2014
(Pope Francis talks with children during a special audience with members of the "Catholic Action" in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis talks with children during a special audience with members of the “Catholic Action” in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

First openly gay Episcopal bishop announces divorce from husband

By Reuters Staff
May 5, 2014
(Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, delivers the invocation at the 'We Are One' Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed)

(Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivers the invocation at the ‘We Are One’ Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Georgia Catholic, Episcopal churches ban guns despite broad new law

By Reuters Staff
May 5, 2014
(A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook )

(A gun rights supporter carries his Ruger model SR9 pistol on his hip during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, Michigan April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook )

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 )