World’s richest Hindu temple may move stash to Modi’s gold scheme

December 4, 2015
Abhishek Bachchan and his wife, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, perform prayers as Amitabh Bachchan (R) looks on at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam temple shrine in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh April 22, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

(Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya Rai perform prayers as Amitabh Bachchan (R) looks on at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam temple shrine in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh April 22, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer/Filesok)

Saudi execution of poet for apostasy would be unlawful: U.N. experts

December 4, 2015
An aerial view of the Grand Mosque is seen on the second day of Eid al-Adha, during the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca September 25, 2015.REUTERS/Ahmad Masood - RTX1SFZP

(An aerial view of the Grand Mosque in Mecca September 25, 2015.REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

Rome fights its demons as Catholicism’s Holy Year approaches

December 4, 2015
A soldier patrols in from of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(A soldier patrols in from of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Factbox: What is a Roman Catholic Holy Year?

December 4, 2015
Altar boys spread incense as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis on the occasion of a Mass for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia/Pool - RTX1UJ72

(Altar boys spread incense in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

Japan’s Eiheiji Buddhist temple: a night’s stay in the 13th century

December 4, 2015
Karamon gate (C) is pictured at the Eiheiji temple in Eiheiji town, Fukui prefecture, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Junko Fujita

(Karamon gate (C) is pictured at the Eiheiji temple in Eiheiji town, Fukui prefecture, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Junko Fujita)

Muslim Americans fear demonization of Islam after mass shooting

December 4, 2015
File photo of Muslim students holding a prayer before a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, November 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

(Muslim students holding a prayer before a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker)

Germany’s Merkel calls on refugees to reject anti-Semitism

December 4, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to media after a meeting with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (unseen) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks  at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

from The Great Debate:

Carson in Jordan: God bless and keep the Syrians – far away from us

December 2, 2015

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screen shot

Source: Carson campaign/ Facebook/ screenshot

On Saturday Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who had strongly opposed absorbing Syrian refugees in the United States, suddenly turned up in Jordan visiting the very refugees he wants to keep away from American soil. What explains the sudden interest in a group GOP presidential candidates have been competing to keep out? Carson’s move, a new poll suggests, could well save his lead among evangelical Christians.

World headed toward ‘suicide’ if no climate agreement: Pope Francis

December 1, 2015
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool

(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to Rome, Italy, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Dal Zennaro)

Iraq blames Iran after thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims storm border crossing

December 1, 2015
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(Shi’ite Muslims gather at the Hussain Mosque in Karbala after a pilgrimage on foot during the Arbaeen ritual,  30 March 2005 /Larry E. Johns)