from The Great Debate:

The whining of the militants

By John Lloyd
July 23, 2015

Still image taken from video of a man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in Mosul

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

from Breakingviews:

Review: A virtuous defence of finance

By Edward Hadas
July 17, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

China cremates prominent Tibetan monk against his family’s wishes

By Reuters Staff
July 17, 2015
(Taken by Tenzin Delek's Monastery in Tibet and sent so that others would know about his detention)

(A photo of Tenzin Delek’ Rinpoche distributed by his monastery) 

Chinese authorities cremated the body of a prominent Tibetan monk on Thursday, his sister said, denying family members custody of his remains amid suspicions over the cause of his death.

Dalai Lama says China ‘pretending’ to know about reincarnation – NYT

By Reuters Staff
July 17, 2015
(The Dalai Lama bows while speaking at the University of California, Irvine July 6, 2015. The Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)

(The Dalai Lama bows while speaking at the University of California, Irvine July 6, 2015. The Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn)

Vatican had more than a billion euros off its books before financial clean-up

By Reuters Staff
July 17, 2015
(Pope Francis lies as he prays during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys/Pool)

(Pope Francis lies as he prays during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys/Pool)

Hindu nationalist pick for India film school alarms students, industry

By Reuters Staff
July 15, 2015
(A man walks past a graffiti-painted wall of a toilet at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, India, June 26, 2015. The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, a Hindu nationalist activist, as chairman at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India triggered a month of strikes by students. In the world's largest film industry, some people fear the choice signals a push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party for control of India's most powerful medium. There is no evidence yet that Modi's 14-month-old government has significantly influenced the tone or content of films, but concerns are growing that it could rein in the industry's liberal outlook in an overwhelmingly conservative society. Chauhan, who campaigned for Modi's BJP last year and has been a party member since 2004, told Reuters his political views would not influence his work at the film institute. Picture taken June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(Graffiti against new chairman Gajendra Chauhan at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, India, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

Pope Francis offers rare ‘mea culpa’ about neglect of middle class

July 15, 2015
(Pope Francis speaks to journalists onboard the papal plane during his return to Rome, from Asuncion, Paraguay July 12, 2015. Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to "make a mess". Picture taken July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis speaks to journalists onboard the papal plane during his return to Rome, from Asuncion, Paraguay July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

High-profile Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in Chinese prison

By Reuters Staff
July 15, 2015
(An undated handout picture of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche provided to Reuters by Students for a Free Tibet on July 13, 2015. REUTERS/STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

(An undated handout picture of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche provided to Reuters by Students for a Free Tibet on July 13, 2015.)

Stampede at Hindu religious festival in India kills 27 pilgrims

By Reuters Staff
July 15, 2015
(Devotees crowd to attend the Maha Pushkaralu, a Hindu festival, on the banks of river Godavari at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, India, July 14, 2015. Twenty-seven people were killed and 40 injured on Tuesday in a stampede in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, police said, as crowds surged to bathe in the Godavari River on the first day of the religious festival held once every 144 years. REUTERS/R Narendra)

(Devotees crowd to attend the Maha Pushkaralu, a Hindu festival, on the banks of river Godavari at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, India, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/R Narendra)

Decaying modern Rome “needs a miracle” before Holy Year pilgrim influx

July 15, 2015

Dirty and disorganised, Rome is once more in decline.

City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration, basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public transport network.