As riot-hit Muzaffarnagar votes, religious divide favours Hindu nationalist Modi

April 11, 2014

(Men stand in a line to cast their vote outside a polling station during the general election, in Shahpur in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

U.S. university drops plan to honor activist critical of Islam

April 9, 2014

(Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Dutch parliamentarian, gestures as she speaks at the European Parliament in Brussels February 14, 2008. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir )

from John Lloyd:

Modi: Democrat or divider

By John Lloyd
April 9, 2014

India’s 815 million voters started the five-week voting cycle earlier this week. It’s already being celebrated as a triumph just for taking place -- “the largest collective democratic act in history,” according to the Economist.

from India Insight:

Young professionals in Bangalore favour Modi’s promise, shrug off riots

April 9, 2014

As far as Vinod Hegde is concerned, Indian prime minister candidate Narendra Modi bears no responsibility for the 2002 Gujarat riots. More to the point, Hegde doesn't care.

Vatican takes a stab at banking purity

By Reuters Staff
April 9, 2014

(An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer )

France’s far-right to ban faith-based school lunch options in towns it governs

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2014

(Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right National Front political party leader, delivers a speech at the party headquarters in Nanterre, March 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

Appeals court upholds New York City ban on worship services in schools

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2014

(The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, 10 July 2012/Bjoertvedt )

New York City’s ban on religious worship services inside school buildings after hours was ruled constitutional on Thursday by a federal appeals court.

Man and myth collide as Indian Hindu nationalist Modi eyes final ascent to power

April 4, 2014

(Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi addresses his supporters during a rally ahead of the general election in Itanagar in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Pussy Riot protesters cleared of religious hatred charge in Russia

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2014

(Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina (L) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (2nd L) along with a masked member speak to journalists during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Adler February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)

Belgian Trappist monks overwhelmed by their “world’s best beer” tag

April 4, 2014

(Two glasses of Trappist Westvleteren beer are seen at the brewery in Westvleteren February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)