Myanmar court jails New Zealand bar manager, colleagues for insulting religion

By Reuters Staff
March 18, 2015
(People enjoy their dinner at Buddha Bar Restaurant in Jakarta December 4, 2008. The chaotic capital of the world's most populous Muslim nation is rarely associated with glitzy nightlife, but new venues in Indonesia's Jakarta may soon see it challenging more cosmopolitan centres in the region. The city of about 10 million, or many more if thousands of unregistered poor flocking in from rural provinces are included, has just become the first city in Southeast Asia to host a Buddha Bar, the hip Paris-based franchise of restaurant/lounges. Picture taken December 4, 2008. To match Reuters Life! INDONESIA NIGHTLIFE/ REUTERS/Beawiharta)

(People enjoy their dinner at Buddha Bar Restaurant in Jakarta December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

from The Great Debate:

Islamic militant threat in China is real, not just propaganda

By William Johnson
March 18, 2015

Police wearing sashes hold placards during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in "the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities" in Hotan

Police wearing sashes hold placards during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in "the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities" in Hotan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

from India Insight:

Mahabharata retold, with a twist from writer Kiran Nagarkar

March 17, 2015

A ‘bedtime story’ is supposed to lull a baby to sleep. But Indian writer Kiran Nagarkar’s play of the same name is anything but sleep-inducing.

Ferguson turmoil draws U.S. evangelist’s Rapid Response Team

By Reuters Staff
March 16, 2015
(Police officers respond to a fellow officer hit by gunfire outside the Ferguson Police Headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri March 12, 2015. Two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, were shot early on Thursday in what officials called an ambush following months of acute tensions over relations between police and minority groups in the St. Louis suburb. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant/St. Louis American)

(Police officers respond to a fellow officer hit by gunfire outside the Ferguson Police Headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant/St. Louis American)

Paris kosher grocery reopens two months after Islamist militant attacks

By Reuters Staff
March 16, 2015
(A woman lights candles in front of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes in Paris January 21, 2015. Four people were killed in a hostage-taking situation during an attack by an Islamist militant on January 9. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

(A woman lights candles in front of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes in Paris January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Christians say under siege in Modi’s India after nun rape, attacks

By Reuters Staff
March 16, 2015
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(Christians hold candles during a vigil to show solidarity with the nun who was raped during an armed assault on a convent school, in New Delhi March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

Pakistan police use tear gas to break up Lahore church attack protests

By Reuters Staff
March 16, 2015
(Pakistani nuns attend a protest, to condemn suicide bombings which took place outside two churches in Lahore, along with others in Karachi, March 16, 2015. Suicide bombings outside two churches in Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 others during services on Sunday in attacks claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

(Pakistani nuns attend a protest, to condemn suicide bombings which took place outside two churches in Lahore, March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Indian state’s Hindu-inspired beef ban to boost chicken sales

By Reuters Staff
March 14, 2015
(Men transport chickens through a wholesale poultry market in New Delhi June 16, 2011. India's food price index rose 8.96 percent in the year to June 4, government data showed on Thursday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

(Men transport chickens through a wholesale poultry market in New Delhi June 16, 2011. India’s food price index rose 8.96 percent in the year to June 4, government data showed on Thursday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Pope Francis announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

March 14, 2015
(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church's special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

Transit ads linking Nazism and Islam may soon run in Philadelphia

By Reuters Staff
March 14, 2015
(SEPTA bus in Philadelphia.)

(SEPTA – Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority – bus in Philadelphia, 12 October 2009/Perry Quan)