U.S. cancels visa of hardline Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, his group says

By Reuters Staff
June 30, 2014
(A Buddhist monk from the "Buddhist Power Force" holds up a placard as they march towards the Indian High Commission during a protest against the Indian government in Colombo July 10, 2013. The organisation accused the Indian government of failing to prevent a series of explosions on Sunday that occurred in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex located in Bodh Gaya, the place where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte )

(A Buddhist monk from the “Buddhist Power Force” holds up a placard as they march towards the Indian High Commission during a protest against the Indian government in Colombo July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte )

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Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision puts faith in compromise

By Jay Michaelson
June 30, 2014

Anti-abortion demonstrators high five as the ruling for Hobby Lobby was announced outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington

On Monday the Supreme Court decided its most anticipated case of the year. According to a sharply divided 5-4 court, the government cannot compel a closely-held corporation to provide contraceptive coverage as part of its Affordable Care Act-mandated employee insurance plans.

After years off-stage, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani takes charge

By Reuters Staff
June 29, 2014
(Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against predominantly Sunni militants, carry weapons and a portrait of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during a parade in the streets in Baghdad's Sadr city June 14, 2014. An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili ()

(Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against predominantly Sunni militants, carry weapons and a portrait of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during a parade in the streets in Baghdad’s Sadr city June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili)

On eve of Supreme Court ruling, Americans oppose contraceptive ban: poll

By Reuters Staff
June 29, 2014
(Numerous news crews await outside the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2014. The Court is expected to rule on several key cases in this term, most notably the Hobby Lobby contraception case that asks whether owners of companies with strongly held religious views can seek an exemption from the birth control provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. REUTERS/Gary Cameron )

(Numerous news crews await outside the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron )

Record turnout for Singapore gay rally amid religious protests

June 29, 2014
(Participants form a giant pink dot at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 28, 2014. The annual Pink Dot Sg event promotes an acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore, according to organizers. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

(Participants form a giant pink dot at the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su )

Sectarian genie is out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq

June 29, 2014
(Shi'ite volunteers patrol the area as they take part in securing the area against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the desert region between Kerbala and Najaf, south of Baghdad, June 28, 2014. Iraqi party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's divisive rule after a top Shi'ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani )

(Shi’ite volunteers patrol an area against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the desert region between Kerbala and Najaf, south of Baghdad, June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani )

Pope Francis says communists are closet Christians who’ve “stolen our flag”

June 29, 2014
(Pope Francis attends a meeting with Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina (not seen) at the Vatican, June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Riccardo De Luca/Pool )

(Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Riccardo De Luca/Pool )

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

Flamboyant Pakistani cleric Qadri denies military backing for anti-gov’t campaign

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2014
(Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, a Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Lahore June 26, 2014. Qadri, a flamboyant Pakistani cleric vowing to bring down the Pakistani government has denied widespread speculation that he is backed by the country's powerful military in an interview with Reuters. Picture taken June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza )

(Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, a Sufi cleric and leader of the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious organisation, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Lahore June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza )

Indian court orders arrest of cricket star portrayed as Hindu god Vishnu

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2014
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni catches the ball during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against the West Indies at The Oval cricket ground in London June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown

(India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni catches the ball during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against the West Indies at The Oval cricket ground in London June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown)

China jails 25 members in latest sentencing of illegal Jesus cult

By Reuters Staff
June 27, 2014
(Traffic wardens chat near Beijing's Tiananmen Gate at a hazy night, October 8, 2012. China risks economic malaise, deepening unrest and ultimately even a crisis that could shake the Communist Party's grip on power unless its next leader, Xi Jinping, pushes through stalled reforms, experts close to the government have warned. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

(Traffic wardens chat near Beijing’s Tiananmen Gate at a hazy night, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee)