France’s Marine Le Pen rebukes her father in new anti-Semitism row

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2014
(France's far right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, France's National Front political party founder, during a campaign rally before the European Parliament elections in Marseille May 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier )

(France’s National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen at a campaign rally before the European Parliament elections in Marseille May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Indian gov’t vows to uphold free speech after Hindu book withdrawal

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2014
(A worker reads a newspaper in front of stacked sacks of onions and potatoes at a wholesale vegetable market in Jammu June 14, 2012. India's wholesale price index (WPI) rose 7.55 percent in May from a year earlier, driven by double-digit rises in food and fuel prices, government data showed on Thursday. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta)

(A worker reads a newspaper in front of stacked sacks of onions and potatoes at a wholesale vegetable market in Jammu June 14, 2012. EUTERS/Mukesh Gupta)

Update: UK schools report finds ‘campaign’ linked to Muslim extremism

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2014
(Muslims arrive at Al Hidayah, a youth camp at Warwick University in Coventry, central England, August 9, 2009. Preacher Muhammed Tahir ul-Qadri, who addressed participants, conveyed a message of moderation, peace, inclusion and understanding. Photograph taken on August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty )

(Muslims arrive at Al Hidayah, a youth camp at Warwick University in Coventry, central England, August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty )

Nigeria’s ex-central bank governor takes throne as Muslim monarch

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2014
(Nigeria's Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi attends the World Islamic Economic Forum in London October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth )

(Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi attends the World Islamic Economic Forum in London October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

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Daily life in Shi’ite Baghdad

By Ahmed Jadallah
June 9, 2014

Baghdad, Iraq

By Ahmed Jadallah

When people mention Sunnis and Shi'ites, the topic is often sectarian violence.

This is certainly true in Iraq. The country’s former ruler Saddam Hussain came from the Iraq’s Sunni minority, but since he was overthrown, Shi’ites have dominated Iraqi politics. Now, over the past year, Sunni insurgents who target Shi'ites have been gaining ground and violence has spiraled.

Spanish draft law allows dual nationality for Sephardic Jews

By Reuters Staff
June 6, 2014
(Synagogue in Toledo, Spain)

(Synagogue in Toledo, Spain, June 30, 2007/Tilo 2006)

The Spanish government approved a draft law on Friday allowing descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to seek Spanish nationality without giving up their current citizenship.

Russian FSB men steal and try to sell priceless Gutenberg Bible

June 6, 2014
(A Gutenberg Bible page, showing

(A Gutenberg Bible page)

A colonel in Russia’s FSB security service has been jailed for stealing a rare bible by 15th century German printer Johannes Gutenberg and trying to sell it for about $1.15 million (683,560 pounds), a fraction of its true value, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.

New PM Modi’s nationalist foot soldiers take center-stage in India

June 6, 2014
(Activists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu hardline group, hold bamboo sticks as they take part in a march in the central Indian city of Bhopal February 23, 2014. Standing with Narendra Modi as he was sworn in as prime minister on the majestic forecourt of India's presidential palace was a cabinet made up almost entirely of ministers whose careers started in a hardline Hindu nationalist movement. After the stunning majority won by Modi's party in the general election, the movement that believes multi-faith India should be recognized first and foremost as a Hindu nation feels closer than ever before to achieving its goals. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the movement led by the RSS actively campaigned in the election, using technology and sheer manpower to mobilize voters in regions where Modi's party has traditionally been weak. Picture taken February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Raj Patidar)

(Activists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu hardline group, march in the central Indian city of Bhopal February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Raj Patidar)

Brazil’s Catholic Church gives World Cup organizers a ‘red card’

By Reuters Staff
June 6, 2014
(An aerial shot shows the Arena Fonte Nova stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, northern Brazil March 28, 2014. Picture taken March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Valter Pontes )

(Arena Fonte Nova stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, northern Brazil March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Valter Pontes )

Pope Francis fires entire board of Vatican financial watchdog

June 6, 2014
(New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6, 2014. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consist of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5.7 ft) tall and without a beard. New recruits are sworn in every year on May 6 to commemorate the day where 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome in 1527. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

(New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) on May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )