Pope Francis approves legal framework for Vatican financial reform

March 4, 2015
(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul's Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004/REUTERS Tony Gentile)

(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul’s Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

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Why do European Muslim girls look to Islamic State for marriage material?

By Barbara F. Walter
March 4, 2015

Handout CCTV image shows British teenage girl Amira Abase walking through security at Gatwick airport before boarding a flight to Turkey


Left to right: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase, Shamima Begun. The British teenagers walk through security at Gatwick airport before boarding a flight to Turkey, Feb. 17, 2015. REUTERS/Metropolitan Police/Handout via Reuters

Pakistan arrests parents for refusing children’s polio vaccinations

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2015
(A girl receives polio vaccine drops at a government children's hospital in Peshawar, March 3, 2015. Pakistan authorities have arrested hundreds of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio, officials said Tuesday, as community opposition and Taliban threats block efforts to eradicate the crippling disease in one of its last strongholds. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz)

(A girl receives polio vaccine drops at a government children’s hospital in Peshawar, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz)

In holy city, Iran’s Rouhani sought clergy’s backing for nuclear talks

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2015
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(Shrine of Fatimah al-Masumah in Qom, Iran, 30 June 2014/Mohammad Mahdi)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has visited the holy city of Qom to appeal to its clergy, religious students and laypeople to back his efforts to strike a deal with major powers over the country’s disputed nuclear programme.

Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2015
(Phra Buddha Issara reacts during an interview with Reuters at Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom February 27, 2015. Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernising nation are corrupting monks. Surrounded by verdant green rice fields at Wat Or Noi temple, Issara said he wants better oversight of temple finances and to shake up the fossilised structure of Thai Buddhism. Picture taken February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

(Phra Buddha Issara reacts during an interview with Reuters at Wat Or Noi in Nakhon Pathom February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

Syria war draws in Christian musician and seven brothers

March 2, 2015
(Former music teacher Ibrahim Dawoud, now a fighter with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, holds a shell fragment after he was wounded by what he said was shelling on his home in the ancient Christian quarter of Bab-Touma in Damascus January 27, 2015. In the Old City of Damascus, the Syrian war drove eight Christian brothers to take up arms to defend their community from insurgents they saw as an existential threat. Two of the Dawoud brothers, born and raised in the ancient Christian quarter of Bab Touma, were killed last September battling jihadists who have come to dominate the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad. The Dawouds are a sample of the support base that has helped the government through the war about to enter its fifth year. Many Christians are staunch Assad supporters. They look to him for protection against jihadists including the Islamic State group, whose brutal methods including beheadings and forced conversion have terrified minorities and mainstream Muslims alike. Picture taken January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)

(Former music teacher Ibrahim Dawoud, now a fighter with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, holds a shell fragment after he was wounded by what he said was shelling on his home in the ancient Christian quarter of Bab-Touma in Damascus January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)

India’s parliament disrupted over Hindu leader’s remarks about Mother Teresa

By Reuters Staff
February 27, 2015
(Nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity order follow the service to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa (pictured in banner) at her tomb in the Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata August 26, 2010. Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who died in 1997, was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003 at the Vatican. Teresa's birth centenary was marked on Thursday. REUTERS/Deshakalayan Chowdhury)

(Nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity order follow the service to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa (pictured in banner) at her tomb in the Missionaries of Charity house in Kolkata August 26, 2010. REUTERS/Deshakalayan Chowdhury)

Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith

By Reuters Staff
February 27, 2015
(Dira Square in Riyadh, )

(Dira Square in Riyadh, site of public executions, 15 April 2007/BroadArrow)

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette has reported.