Pope Francis says orders investigation into clergy sexual abuse in Spain

November 26, 2014
(Pope Francis attends a session of the European Parliament at the institution's headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

(Pope Francis attends a session of the European Parliament at the institution’s headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church urges government not to use pope’s visit to help election campaign

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(A man cycles past St. James Church and a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa which reads "May you live a long life" in Jaffna June 6, 2014. For many minority Tamils here, the end of the almost three-decade-long conflict - with the crushing defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers in May 2009 - has brought little peace, despite government efforts to smother the former rebel stronghold with visible economic development. Picture taken June 6, 2014. To match Feature FOUNDATION-SRILANKA/RIGHTS REUTERS/Nita Bhalla  )

(A man cycles past St. James Church and a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa which reads “May you live a long life” in Jaffna June 6, 2014. REUTERS/Nita Bhalla)

Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

By Reuters Staff
November 26, 2014
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem November 18, 2014. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to respond with a "heavy hand" and accused Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting violence in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Modi gives Buddha a miss as South Asian leaders flock to Nepal

November 25, 2014
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(Peace temple in Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha,  23 Oct 2012/Nilsu31)

Visiting Nepal for a South Asia summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped plans to hold rallies at the birthplaces of the Buddha and a Hindu goddess, after controversy over whether he was gaining too much prominence inside Nepal.

Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope Francis tells Europe

November 25, 2014
(Unmarked graves of people whose remains were found at sea in the year of 2011 are seen at the cemetery in Lampedusa October 4, 2013. Tens of thousands of migrants arrived at the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the Arab Spring unrest in North Africa in 2011, with many who died when making such journeys. Choppy seas prevented divers on Friday from recovering more bodies of migrants who died in a shipwreck off Sicily that has killed an estimated 300, in one of the worst disasters of Europe's immigration crisis. Rescue teams have so far recovered 111 bodies and expect to find more than 100 others in and around the wreck, submerged in 47 metres of water less than a kilometre (0.6 miles) from the shore of the southern island of Lampedusa. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello)

(Unmarked graves of people whose remains were found at sea in the year of 2011 are seen at the cemetery in Lampedusa October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello)

from The Great Debate:

Sunni vs. Shi’ite: Why the U.S. plan to save Iraq is doomed to fail

By Peter Van Buren
November 25, 2014

Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad

If the United States was looking for the surest way to lose Iraq War 3.0, it might start by retraining the failed Iraqi Army to send north -- alongside ruthless Shi’ite militias -- into Sunni-majority territory and hope that the Sunnis will welcome them with open arms, throwing out the evil Islamic State.

Fears grow in India about Hindu ‘Modi-fication’ of education

By Reuters Staff
November 24, 2014
(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community during a reception at the Allphones Arena located at Sydney Olympic Park in western Sydney November 17, 2014. Modi is on a three-day offcial visit to Australia following the G20 leaders summit which was held in Brisbane over the weekend. REUTERS/Rick Stevens)

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community in western Sydney November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Stevens)

For many young British Muslims, tug of peace is stronger than pull of war

By Reuters Staff
November 24, 2014
(Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. In Jordan, they will bring food packages for Syrian refugees. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

(Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. 
REUTERS/Darren Staples)

Israeli cabinet approves draft law to declare Jewish nation-state

November 24, 2014
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Hollander)

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Hollander)

from The Great Debate:

Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

By Amy Wilentz
November 24, 2014

A man holds an Israeli flag during a mass prayer for soldiers and civilians at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City

While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands… or suburban New Jersey. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.