from Edward Hadas:

My career in the financial jungle

By Edward Hadas
November 6, 2014

I was unceremoniously kicked out of my last job in finance early in 2004. It was a career turning point for me after 24 years as an equity analyst at eight firms – brokers and investment managers – in both the United States and Europe. I took shelter in financial journalism. Much has changed in the money business since then. But reading about the behaviour that has led to a litany of huge fines, I fear that too much remained the same, at least until very recently.

Mob kills Christian couple in Pakistan over purported blasphemy, dozens arrested

By Reuters Staff
November 6, 2014
(Members of the Pakistani Christian community carry wooden crosses and a casket during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Lahore November 5, 2014. Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

(Members of the Pakistani Christian community carry wooden crosses and a casket during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Lahore November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

Qatar pares support for Islamists but careful to preserve ties

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani talks with Algeria's Senate President Abdelkader Bensalah (not pictured) upon his arrival at Algiers airport April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi )

(Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at Algiers airport April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
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Britain’s Prince Charles calls on different faiths to respect each other

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(Britain's Prince Charles adjusts his earpiece during a signing ceremony for cooperation agreements between United Kingdom and Mexico at National Palace in Mexico City, November 3, 2014. Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are in Mexico for a four-day official visit. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)

(Britain’s Prince Charles adjusts his earpiece during a signing ceremony for cooperation agreements between United Kingdom and Mexico at National Palace in Mexico City, November 3, 2014. C REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)

Acid attacks in Iran sharpen row over Islamic dress and vigilantism

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran July 31, 2011. An Iranian woman blinded with acid by her suitor for turning down his marriage proposal spared him at the last minute from being blinded too as punishment for his crime, Iranian media reported on Sunday. Bahrami was blinded in 2004 when Majid Mohavedi poured acid onto her face after she spurned his offers of marriage. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

(Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran July 31, 2011. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

In France, the discreet charm of a far-right mayor

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(David Rachline, France's far-right National Front political party, head of the list for municipal elections, campaigns before the second round in the French mayoral elections in Frejus March 25, 2014. France's far-right National Front (FN) made gains in a number of towns in the first round of local elections on Sunday. The French will go to the polls to cast votes in the second round 2014 Municipal elections on March 30 to elect city mayors and councillors for a six-year term. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

(David Rachline in Frejus March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Last month, David Rachline, the mayor of the French Riviera town of Frejus, quietly loaned a free room to the town’s Jewish community to celebrate Yom Kippur.

from Photographers' Blog:

Man against foam

October 31, 2014

New Delhi, India

By Ahmad Masood

I enjoy photographing religious events, especially those which involve late evening and early morning shoots.

from John Lloyd:

Ukraine’s vote proves Putin wrong and puts anti-Semitic past behind

By John Lloyd
October 31, 2014

Local resident listens before receiving a ballot during a parliamentary election inside her house in the village of Havronshchyna near Kiev

One of the themes that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried out to besmirch the Ukrainian revolt against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich earlier this year was that fascists and anti-Semites were behind the uprising. The protesters, he proclaimed, were revolting in both senses of the word: They had chased out an elected president (true) and their actions had allowed “anti-Semitic forces [to go] on a rampage” (not true).

Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives

By Reuters Staff
October 30, 2014
(DATE IMPORTED:October 30, 2014A girl attends her daily class with others at a government school in Peshawar October 29, 2014. A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday. The public tussle over the changes mirrors a struggle for power at the heart of Pakistan's young democracy. Secular, liberal parties are vying with conservative, religious parties for influence in the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people. Picture taken October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz)

(A girl attends her daily class with others at a government school in Peshawar October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz)

Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamists down but not out after election defeat

By Reuters Staff
October 30, 2014
(Beji Caid Essebsi (C), Nidaa Tounes party leader, gestures outside Nidaa Tounes headquarters in Tunis October 28, 2014. Official results from Sunday's elections - the second parliamentary vote since Tunisians set off uprisings across much of the Arab World by overthrowing autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali - were still to be announced. But a senior official at Ennahda, which ruled in a coalition until it was forced to make way for a caretaker government during a political crisis at the start of this year, acknowledged defeat by the secular Nidaa Tounes party. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)

(Beji Caid Essebsi (C), Nidaa Tounes party leader, gestures outside Nidaa Tounes headquarters in Tunis October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)