Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity

By Reuters Staff
May 16, 2014
(Al-Nour mosque, Khartoum)

(Al-Nour mosque, Khartoum, 19 December 2011/simsimt)

A Sudanese court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman to death for converting to Christianity, judicial sources said.

Religious tensions deepen Ukraine splits – Russian Orthodox official

May 16, 2014
(Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, attends an interview with Reuters in Moscow May 16, 2014. Religious tensions are deepening dividing lines in Ukraine's crisis, with rival churches taking political sides and Kiev slighting the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion said on Friday. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov )

(Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s foreign relations department, at an interview with Reuters in Moscow May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov )

In Indonesia, moderate Islamic party returns to political center stage

By Reuters Staff
May 12, 2014
(Jakarta governor and presidential candidate Joko Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in Jakarta March 16, 2014. In a sign Indonesians are coming to assume that the hugely popular Jakarta governor Widodo will be their next president, even the outgoing leader is pressing him to be more explicit about his policies before he is in office. Picture take March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

(Jakarta governor and presidential candidate Joko Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in Jakarta March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Attacks on churches in Israel are “poison” before pope’s visit, patriarch says

May 12, 2014
(Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, pauses during a news conference in the northern city of Haifa, called due to recent attacks dubbed "price tagging", May 11, 2014. Twal said on Sunday a spate of attacks he described as acts of terror against the church were poisoning the atmosphere ahead of this month's visit by Pope Francis, and urged Israel to arrest more perpetrators. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

(Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, pauses during a news conference in the northern city of Haifa, May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Top Russian Orthodox cleric Hilarion says refused entry to Ukraine

By Reuters Staff
May 12, 2014
(Pope Francis (L) poses with Metropolitan Hilarion, the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2013. Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church on Wednesday to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment and not allow the value of a person to be reduced to "what he produces and what he consumes". REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

(Metropolitan Hilarion (R), the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, with Pope Francis (L) at the Vatican March 20, 2013. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Plans for ‘black mass’ at Harvard anger Boston Catholics

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2014
(A seal hangs over a building at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi )

(A seal hangs over a building at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi )

Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says Nigeria’s Boko Haram smears Islam

May 10, 2014
(Women holding signs take part in a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria last month, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained. Boko Haram on April 14 stormed an all-girl secondary school in Chibok, in Borno state, then packed the teenagers, who had been taking exams, onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

(Women holding signs take part in a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014.REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

Saudi Liberals website founder sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes

May 9, 2014
(Saudi students attend a computer class at King Saud University in Riyadh October 30, 2002. The university is one of several major educational institutions turning out thousands of graduates every year in search of jobs. The government is stepping up efforts at "Saudization" in a country where a third of the workforce is foreign and unemployment among Saudis is running anywhere between eight to 12 percent. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

(Saudi students attend a computer class at King Saud University in
Riyadh October 30, 2002. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

Republican California candidate for governor blasted over Sharia comments

May 9, 2014
(Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

(Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

‘Election’ massacres of Muslims darken India immigration debate

May 9, 2014
(Villagers from Muslim communities wail upon seeing the body of a woman at a relief camp in Narayanguri village in Baksa district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam May 4, 2014. India deployed troops in Assam on Saturday after more than 30 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by Bodo tribal militants, who resent the presence of settlers they claim are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial front-runner in India's mammoth general election, on Sunday reiterated his strong stance against illegal immigrants, just days after a wave of sectarian killings in the north-eastern state of Assam. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)

(Villagers from Muslim communities wail upon seeing the body of a woman at a relief camp in Narayanguri village in Baksa district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam May 4, 2014.REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)