Indian state’s Hindu-inspired beef ban to boost chicken sales

By Reuters Staff
March 14, 2015
(Men transport chickens through a wholesale poultry market in New Delhi June 16, 2011. India's food price index rose 8.96 percent in the year to June 4, government data showed on Thursday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

(Men transport chickens through a wholesale poultry market in New Delhi June 16, 2011. India’s food price index rose 8.96 percent in the year to June 4, government data showed on Thursday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Pope Francis announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

March 14, 2015
(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church's special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

Transit ads linking Nazism and Islam may soon run in Philadelphia

By Reuters Staff
March 14, 2015
(SEPTA bus in Philadelphia.)

(SEPTA – Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority – bus in Philadelphia, 12 October 2009/Perry Quan)

Canada PM’s anti-Islam talk is a Putin-like tactic, says opposition leader

March 14, 2015
(Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks as he announces that the government will introduce legislation to give criminals life sentences with no parole for serious crimes such as murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and terrorism, in Toronto, March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

(Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks in Toronto, March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Pope Francis, on second anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate

March 14, 2015
(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

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)