Politics and corruption fuel battle for Thai Buddhism’s top post

January 18, 2016
A Buddhist monk walks in a monastery in Bangkok, Thailand, January 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A Buddhist monk walks in a monastery in Bangkok, Thailand, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Hebrew graffiti at Jerusalem monastery threatens Christians

January 18, 2016
An Orthodox monk cleans graffiti from a door of the Greek Orthodox Seminary, located next to the Domition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem's Old City January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

(An Orthodox monk cleans graffiti from a door of the Greek Orthodox Seminary, located next to the Domition Abbey on Mount Zion in Jerusalem’s Old City January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Pakistan arrests imam after boy cuts hand off in blasphemy error

January 18, 2016
Clouds are pictured over the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad July 13, 2008.  Local weather forecasts predict higher than average monsoon rainfalls in some parts of the country. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed   (PAKISTAN)

(General view with Faisal Mosque in Islamabad July 13, 2008. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)

Pope Francis visits Rome synagogue, condemns violence in name of religion

January 18, 2016
Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome's Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome’s Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Anglican Communion penalizes U.S. church over gay marriage to avoid schism

January 18, 2016
Christian gay rights campaigners protest in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, southern Britain, January 15, 2016. . REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Christian gay rights campaigners protest in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, southern Britain, January 15, 2016. . REUTERS/Toby Melville)

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Trump picks wrong place for Bible gaffe

January 18, 2016

People watch as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on a big screen at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RTX22XWA

People watch as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

India’s Sabarimala temple defends ban on woman under court scrutiny

January 12, 2016
Hindu pilgrims queue outside the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity "Ayappa", about 70 kms (43 miles) west of the town Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15, 2003. REUTERS/Dipak Kumar/Files

(Hindu pilgrims queue outside the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity “Ayappa”, about 70 kms (43 miles) west of the town Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15,
2003. REUTERS/Dipak Kumar)

Head of Marseille Jews urges them not to wear kippas after attack

January 12, 2016
Pro-Israel demonstrators take part in a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE) - RTR23DLX

(Pro-Israel demonstrator wears kippa with Star of David in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)

Korean-American detained in North Korea was pastor – defector

January 12, 2016
People take part in mass rallies held across the country vowing to carry out tasks set forth by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 8, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA

(People take part in mass rally in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)  on January 8, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA)

Philippines says southern rebels not linked to Islamic State

January 12, 2016
Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) rebels take up position at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015. The trust that the largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines has in the government has been eroded by a clash in January in which 44 police commandos and 18 rebels were killed, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrilla group Al Haj Ebrahim Murad told Reuters in an interview this week. Picture taken March 12, 2015. To match Interview PHILIPPINES-REBELS/   REUTERS/Erik De Castro  (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4TBF3

(Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) rebels  at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro)