Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric says graft in army helped Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
November 10, 2014
(UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) meets with Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, in this July 24, 2014 picture provided by the United Nations. Ban sought guidance from Iraq's top cleric on Thursday, as he urged Iraqi politicians to form an inclusive government that can confront a Sunni militant insurgency. Ban's meeting with Sistani underscored the 83-year-old cleric's vast sway in Iraq, where Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is considered a polarising figure who has fueled sectarian tensions. REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe/United Nations/Handout via Reuters)

(Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf,  July 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe/United Nations/Handout via Reuters)

Jerusalem tension leaves Jordan more exposed to Mideast turmoil

By Reuters Staff
November 7, 2014
(Palestinians clean the Al Aqsa mosque after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City November 5, 2014. Israeli security forces hurling stun grenades clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers at al-Aqsa mosque - a confrontation that has played out frequently over the past several weeks. REUTERS/Ammar Awad ()

(Palestinians clean the Al Aqsa mosque after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Pakistani police officer axes man to death over blasphemy

By Reuters Staff
November 7, 2014
(Members of the Pakistani Christian community hold placards and wooden crosses during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Islamabad November 5, 2014. Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

(Members of the Pakistani Christian community hold placards and wooden crosses during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Islamabad November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

from Edward Hadas:

My career in the financial jungle

By Edward Hadas
November 6, 2014

I was unceremoniously kicked out of my last job in finance early in 2004. It was a career turning point for me after 24 years as an equity analyst at eight firms – brokers and investment managers – in both the United States and Europe. I took shelter in financial journalism. Much has changed in the money business since then. But reading about the behaviour that has led to a litany of huge fines, I fear that too much remained the same, at least until very recently.

Mob kills Christian couple in Pakistan over purported blasphemy, dozens arrested

By Reuters Staff
November 6, 2014
(Members of the Pakistani Christian community carry wooden crosses and a casket during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Lahore November 5, 2014. Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

(Members of the Pakistani Christian community carry wooden crosses and a casket during a demonstration to condemn the death of a Christian couple in a village in Punjab province on Tuesday, in Lahore November 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

Qatar pares support for Islamists but careful to preserve ties

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani talks with Algeria's Senate President Abdelkader Bensalah (not pictured) upon his arrival at Algiers airport April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi )

(Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at Algiers airport April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
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Britain’s Prince Charles calls on different faiths to respect each other

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(Britain's Prince Charles adjusts his earpiece during a signing ceremony for cooperation agreements between United Kingdom and Mexico at National Palace in Mexico City, November 3, 2014. Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are in Mexico for a four-day official visit. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)

(Britain’s Prince Charles adjusts his earpiece during a signing ceremony for cooperation agreements between United Kingdom and Mexico at National Palace in Mexico City, November 3, 2014. C REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)

Acid attacks in Iran sharpen row over Islamic dress and vigilantism

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran July 31, 2011. An Iranian woman blinded with acid by her suitor for turning down his marriage proposal spared him at the last minute from being blinded too as punishment for his crime, Iranian media reported on Sunday. Bahrami was blinded in 2004 when Majid Mohavedi poured acid onto her face after she spurned his offers of marriage. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

(Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran July 31, 2011. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

In France, the discreet charm of a far-right mayor

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2014
(David Rachline, France's far-right National Front political party, head of the list for municipal elections, campaigns before the second round in the French mayoral elections in Frejus March 25, 2014. France's far-right National Front (FN) made gains in a number of towns in the first round of local elections on Sunday. The French will go to the polls to cast votes in the second round 2014 Municipal elections on March 30 to elect city mayors and councillors for a six-year term. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

(David Rachline in Frejus March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Last month, David Rachline, the mayor of the French Riviera town of Frejus, quietly loaned a free room to the town’s Jewish community to celebrate Yom Kippur.

from Photographers' Blog:

Man against foam

October 31, 2014

New Delhi, India

By Ahmad Masood

I enjoy photographing religious events, especially those which involve late evening and early morning shoots.