German court overturns ban on headscarves for Muslim women teachers

March 13, 2015
(A woman holds a placard reading "Religious freedom applies to Muslim women too" during a memorial event for murdered Marwa El-Sherbiny in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin July 17, 2009. El-Sherbiny, 31, mother of a 3-year-old and three months pregnant, was stabbed 18 times by the man she was testifying against during a July 1 appeal hearing in Dresden. El-Sherbiny was at the court to testify on charges that the man had called her a "terrorist" on a playground in 2008 because she was wearing a headscarf. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(A woman holds a placard reading “Religious freedom applies to Muslim women too” during a memorial event for a Muslim woman murdered in Dresden, that was held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Morocco recalls ambassador to Nigeria over phone pitch to Muslims ruse

By Reuters Staff
March 12, 2015
(A banner campaigning for Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is seen in front of a building in Yenagoa in Nigeria's delta region March 1, 2015. Jonathan's flagship reform policies -- power and farming -- have not hugely benefited the delta. Power privatisation has yet to translate to more kilowatts on the grid anywhere, while reforms to farming, especially cutting corrupt middle men out of a state fertiliser scheme, has disproportionately benefited the north, where the vast majority of agriculture happens. Even so, the mere fact the president is from the delta is enough for many to feel historic injustices are being righted. Picture taken March 1, 2015. To match Insight NIGERIA-ELECTION/DELTA REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

(A banner campaigning for Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is seen in front of a building in Yenagoa in Nigeria’s delta region March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

from The Great Debate:

How Islamic State hijacked Islam’s history of tolerance

By Mohamad Bazzi
March 12, 2015

Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut

Assyrians hold banners as they march in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, in Beirut, Feb. 28, 2015. Militants in northeast Syria are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. The banner (R) reads, "We are not afraid of whom kills the flesh, we are not afraid of who destroys the stone. Assyrians and victorious." REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

China choosing Dalai Lama is like Castro naming the pope – Tibetan exile leader

By Reuters Staff
March 11, 2015
(Padma Choling, Chairman of the People's Congress of Tibetan Autonomous Region, looks up as he attends a meeting of Tibetan provincial delegation at the Tibet Room during the National People's Congress (NPC) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 9, 2015. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is profaning Buddhism by suggesting that he will not be reincarnated when he dies, Choling, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said on Monday, in some of China's strongest comments to date on the subject. REUTERS/Iris Zhao)

(Padma Choling, Chairman of the People’s Congress of Tibetan Autonomous Region,  attends a meeting of the Tibetan provincial delegation during the National People’s Congress (NPC) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Iris Zhao)

Blocked online, Islamic State supporters launch “CaliphateBook”

By Reuters Staff
March 11, 2015
(A computer screenshot shows the U.S. Central Command Twitter feed after it was apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers January 12, 2015. The hackers published apparent intelligence material and what they said were names and addresses of military personnel. REUTERS/Staff)

(A computer screenshot of a Twitter feed apparently hacked by people claiming to be Islamic State sympathizers January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Staff)

Saudi Arabia rejects human rights criticism after flogging of blogger Badawi

By Reuters Staff
March 8, 2015
(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. Ensaf Haidar, the wife of a Saudi rights activist, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year, said Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not possibly survive the full punishment. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Islamic State militants bulldoze ancient Nimrud ruins as idolatrous

By Reuters Staff
March 6, 2015
(Possible depiction of Jehu King of Israel giving tribute to King Shalmaneser III of Assyria, on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III from Nimrud (circa 827 BC) in the British Museum (London). Date21 August 2010)

(Possible depiction of Jehu King of Israel giving tribute to King Shalmaneser III of Assyria, on the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III from Nimrud (circa 827 BC) in the British Museum in London. 21 August 2010/Steven G. Johnson)

Tanzania arrests 32 witch doctors over ritual albino murders

By Reuters Staff
March 6, 2015
(DATE IMPORTED:December 01, 2009An albino girl smiles in Mitindo Primary School in Nyawilimilwa, Mwanza region of Tanzania, November 21, 2009. An estimated 200,000 albinos live in Tanzania, although fewer than 8,000 have registered officially. An International Federation of the Red Cross report said albinos faced "a silent emergency" and that their killings had triggered a "small scale humanitarian crisis" as albinos fled their homes to hide from potential killers. Picture taken November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Katrina Manson)

(An albino girl smiles in Mitindo Primary School in Nyawilimilwa, Mwanza region of Tanzania, November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Katrina Manson)

Utah lawmakers file an anti-bias bill with Mormon backing

By Reuters Staff
March 5, 2015
(Executive director of Equality Utah Troy Williams holds a press conference at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah January 27, 2015. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced it supports the passage of laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination, as long as they also protect religious freedom. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

(Executive director of Equality Utah Troy Williams holds a press conference at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah January 27, 2015 after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced it supports the passage of laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination, as long as they also protect religious freedom. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)