Boko Haram is ‘Islam’s worst enemy’ and will be beaten – Niger president

By Reuters Staff
April 6, 2015
(Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

(Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Pope at Easter prays for killed Kenyan students, decries persecution of Christians

April 5, 2015
(Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.)

(Pope Francis prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians in his Easter Sunday address, commemorating the students massacred by Islamist militants at Garissa University in Kenya.)

Pope Francis washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

April 2, 2015
(Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration, April 17, 2014. Pope Francis visited a rehabilitation centre at the church, on Rome's outskirts, for a service in which he washed and kissed the feet of 12 sick and disabled people. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration, April 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Book Talk – The link between corruption and violent religious extremism

March 27, 2015
(Opium farmers watch from the sidelines as officials nearby plan to tear through their poppy fields in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently called for a holy war against drugs in Afghanistan, which is responsible for more than 75 percent of the world's heroin. REUTERS/Adrees Latif AL/CP)

(Farmers at their opium poppy fields near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

In Belgium, parents’ dismay as Syria jihad lures troubled teens

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2015
(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son outside the Antwerp courthouse, where the trial of the group is currently taking place, January 29, 2015. As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe's biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities' struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment. But for parents in Antwerp, a city on high alert since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and police raids on Belgian jihadists, the ruling on February 11 by judges there may never explain why their two sporty teenagers, with no Muslim heritage, abandoned comfortable homes to take up arms in the Middle East. And whatever sentences may be passed on their sons, Brian De Mulder's mother and Jejoen Bontinck's father both say the damage done by those who recruited them - harm that includes lost jobs and disrupted homes for parents and siblings - cannot be undone. Picture taken on January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

(Ozana Rodrigues, the mother of Brian De Mulder, who left for Syria after being indoctrinated by Islamist group Sharia4Belgium, poses with a photo of her son, January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

from The Great Debate:

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

By Sarah Chayes
February 3, 2015

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Radical Islam a growing threat to sub-Saharan Christians – report

January 7, 2015
(People pray near the graves of victims of a suicide bomb attack during a memorial service at St. Theresa's Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 23, 2012. Boko Haram has killed hundreds in its campaign to impose sharia law in northern Nigeria and is the biggest threat to stability in Africa's top oil exporter.This Christmas, the police and military are expecting more trouble in the north. They've ordered security to be tightened, people's movement restricted and churches to be guarded.But such is the commitment to religion in a country with Africa's largest Christian population that millions of people will pack out thousands of churches in the coming days. It is impossible to protect everyone, security experts say. Picture taken December 23, 2012. To match story NIGERIA-CHRISTMAS/ REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

(People pray near the graves of victims of a suicide bomb attack during a memorial service at St. Theresa’s Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Top Egyptian Muslim leader urges broader action against Islamist militants

By Reuters Staff
December 4, 2014
((L-R) Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church ; Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar Institution ; Mohammed Yasaf of the Moroccan Higher Scholarly Council ; Sheikh Ibrahim Salih Al-Husaini, Mufti of Nigeria; Mohammed bin Saud, Omani Mufti deputy ; Sheikh Ali Al-Ami, Lebanese Shiite Mufti of Tyre, attend the conference "Azhar in the face of terrorism and extremism", in Cairo, December 3, 2014. Grand Imam of Egypt?s al-Azhar Institution Ahmed al-Tayeb addressed a two-day international conference in Cairo organised by his institution. The grand imam stressed that "terrorist organisations" try to sell a "fraudulent" image of Islam.Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church launched the conference alongside Tayeb. Around 600 Muslim scholars and popes of eastern churches representing around 120 countries are attending the conference, reported state-run news agency MENA. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper)

((L-R) Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church ; Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Institution ; Mohammed Yasaf of the Moroccan Higher Scholarly Council ; Sheikh Ibrahim Salih Al-Husaini, Mufti of Nigeria; Mohammed bin Saud, Omani Mufti deputy ; Sheikh Ali Al-Ami, Lebanese Shiite Mufti of Tyre, attend the conference “Azhar in the face of terrorism and extremism”, in Cairo, December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper)

Nobel Peace Prize honours “Hindu and Muslim in common struggle” to protect children

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2014
(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event at Wembley Arena in London March 7, 2014. The inaugural We Day UK event is run by the charity Free the Children to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event in London March 7, 2014 to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions of Muslims gather for haj

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )