Canadian family lived with corpse for 6 months awaiting resurrection

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
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(The Raising of Lazarus, Rembrandt, about 1630-1632, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Pakistan police register blasphemy case against ‘disco mullah’

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
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(Junaid Jamshed, 27 December 2009/Joshua Sherurcij)

Pakistan police said on Wednesday they were investigating blasphemy allegations against a man dubbed the “disco mullah” who quit a career in pop music to become a preacher.

European court condemns Turkey for discriminating against Alevis

By Reuters Staff
December 3, 2014
(A protester holds a banner reading "we are alevi" as he and many others wait to hear the decision of the court in front of a courthouse in Ankara March 13, 2012. Turkish police fired tear-gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds protesting on Tuesday against the dropping of a case against five people charged with killing 37 writers and liberals in a 1993 hotel fire set off by Islamist rioters.The opposition accused Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party, which emerged from a series of banned Islamist parties of being responsible for the failure to find the five.The case against two others charged with the kilings was dropped as the accused had died. One of them, the prime suspect who was the local mayor from the same party to which Erdogan belonged, passed away last year, close to the scene of the fire. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

(A protester holds a banner reading “we are alevi” as he and many others wait to hear the decision of the court in front of a courthouse in Ankara March 13, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Pope Francis takes centre stage in new Filipino musical

By Reuters Staff
December 2, 2014
(Pope Francis gestures as he speaks with journalists on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. REUTERS/Filippo Monteforte/Pool)

(Pope Francis gestures as he speaks with journalists on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Filippo Monteforte/Pool)

Sharp rise in Turkish Islamic schooling upsets secular parents

By Reuters Staff
December 2, 2014
(Students of Tevfik Ileri Imam Hatip School hold a scarf as they wait for the arrival of President Tayyip Erdogan for the opening ceremony in Ankara November 18, 2014. Turkey has seen a sharp rise in religious schooling under reforms which Erdogan casts as a defence against moral decay, but which opponents see as an unwanted drive to shape a more Islamic nation. Almost a million students are enrolled in "imam hatip" schools this year, up from just 65,000 in 2002 when Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party first came to power, he told the opening of one of the schools in Ankara last month. The scarf reads, "Stand tall! Turkey is with you." Picture taken November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

(Students of Tevfik Ileri Imam Hatip School hold a scarf as they wait for the arrival of President Tayyip Erdogan for the opening ceremony in Ankara November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

World religious leaders pledge to fight modern slavery

By Reuters Staff
December 2, 2014
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(Pope Francis (front 3rd R) poses with religious leaders during a meeting at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, 2 Dec 2014. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

from The Great Debate:

What’s behind the effort to make Israel, the ‘Jewish State,’ more ‘Jewish’

By Matt Duss
December 2, 2014

Israel's PM Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem

With the myriad challenges the Israeli government currently faces – regional turmoil, unrest in Jerusalem, and opposition to a highly contentious budget -- this might seem like an interesting time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to promulgate a new law defining Israel’s identity as “the nation state of the Jewish people.” The bill, which was supposed to have been voted on this Wednesday but has now been delayed, would recognize Jewish religious law as an inspiration for legislation, and affirm that, “The right to the fulfillment of national self-determination within the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.”

Pope Francis says it is wrong to equate Islam with violence

December 1, 2014
(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a "profoundly grave sin against God" in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end the conflicts there. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Arab-Jewish “Hand in Hand” school, symbol of Jerusalem co-existence, torched

By Reuters Staff
November 30, 2014
(A worker cleans up in a torched classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem November 30, 2014. Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to the classroom, police said on Sunday, targeting a symbol of co-existence in a city on edge over a recent surge in violence. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(A worker cleans up in a torched classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem November 30, 2014. 
REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

November 30, 2014
(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. Pope Francis began a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis is shown Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)