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)

Erdogan’s presidential rival, ex-OIC head, says keep religion out of politics

By Reuters Staff
June 27, 2014
(Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, leading opposition candidate for August's presidential elections, meets with Republican People's Party (CHP) Leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (R) in Ankara June 26, 2014. Last week, the secularist Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said they had agreed to nominate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who stepped down in December as head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as their joint candidate for the presidential race. REUTERS/Umit Bektas )

(Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, leading opposition candidate for August’s presidential elections, meets with Republican People’s Party (CHP) Leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu (R) in Ankara June 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas )

Sudan releases Christian convert but insists she stay in the country

By Reuters Staff
June 27, 2014
Interior of the St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral, Khartoum, Sudan.

Interior of the St. Matthew’s Catholic Cathedral, Khartoum, Sudan, Aug 1, 2009/Petrus Adamus

Sri Lankan hardline Buddhists say Facebook accounts blocked after violence

By Reuters Staff
June 27, 2014
(Muslims stand next to a burnt shop after a clash between Buddhists and Muslims in Aluthgama June 16, 2014. At least three Muslims were killed and 75 people seriously injured in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lankan coastal towns best known as tourist draws, with Muslim homes set ablaze, officials and residents said on Monday. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

(Muslims stand next to a burnt shop after a clash between Buddhists and Muslims in Aluthgama June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

Vatican orders Catholic archbishop accused of sex abuse to be defrocked

June 27, 2014
(Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. The Vatican has recalled Wesolowski, who has been in the Dominican Republic for nearly six years, and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused him of paedophilia, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on September 4, 2013. Picture taken August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre )

(Archbishop Josef Wesolowski celebrates mass in Santo Domingo August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Luis Gomez/Diario Libre )

Gays and their children should not suffer Church bias, Vatican document says

June 27, 2014
(Members of a gay activist group hold signs in front of St. Peter's square in the Vatican December 16, 2012. A group of demonstrators protesting against the Roman Catholic Church's stance on homosexual marriage tried to enter St Peter's Square in the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Benedict was giving his weekly address to pilgrims. The protesters - who were kept out of the square by police - were upset over a speech by the pontiff on Friday in which he appeared to include efforts to legalise gay marriage among the threats to peace in the world. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

(Members of a gay activist group hold signs in front of St. Peter’s square in the Vatican December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

Britain bans Saudi cleric who supports jihad in Syria

By Reuters Staff
June 25, 2014
(Iraqi security forces display vehicles, weapons and ammunition confiscated from the Sunni militant group 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) in Samarra, June 6, 2014. Iraqi helicopters bombed the city of Samarra after insurgents overran parts of it early on Thursday, bringing them within striking distance of a Shi'ite shrine the destruction of which in a 2006 attack unleashed a bitter sectarian war. The offensive is part of an escalating conflict between Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim-led government and Sunni Islamist militants who have been regaining momentum in the past year, particularly in the west of the country bordering Syria. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Iraqi security forces display vehicles, weapons and ammunition confiscated from the Sunni militant group ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) in Samarra, June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Three European courts grapple with end-of-life dilemmas

June 25, 2014
(Marie-Genevieve Lambert (L), the half sister, and Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of Vincent Lambert, who is tetraplegic and currently on artificial life support, leaves the court after the verdict in a judicial case at the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) in Paris, June 24, 2014. France's top administrative court ruled on Tuesday that doctors should be allowed to take a tetraplegic man off life support after nearly six years in a coma, siding with his wife in a case that has revived a debate about euthanasia. The Council of State ruled that doctors had the right to end the medical support that has kept Vincent Lambert, brain-damaged and in vegetative state, artificially alive since a motorbike accident on the way to work plunged him into a coma in September 2008. The verdict follows a heart-rending battle between Lambert's wife Rachel, seeking to let the former psychiatric nurse die, and his parents, who took legal action last year to halt plans by his doctors to do that. REUTERS/John Schults)

(Marie-Genevieve Lambert (L), the half sister, and Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of Vincent Lambert, who is tetraplegic and currently on artificial life support, leaves the court after the verdict in a judicial case at the Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) in Paris, June 24, 2014. REUTERS/John Schults)