Israeli court tells army to re-route planned Bethlehem-area barrier

April 2, 2015
(Palestinian women walk past graffiti on Israel's controversial barrier as they walk towards an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during the holy month of Ramadan July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Palestinian women walk past graffiti on Israel’s controversial barrier as they walk towards an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during the holy month of Ramadan July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Arkansas and Indiana work to mend religion acts seen as targeting gays

By Reuters Staff
April 2, 2015
(Lesbian partners Marcia Hams (C) and Susan Shepard (R) are applauded as they cut a wedding cake in Cambridge City Hall before becoming the first same-sex couple to register for a marriage license shortly after midnight May 17, 2004. Massachusetts is the first state in the United States to legally sanction same-sex marriage based on a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that required the state to begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

(Lesbian partners Marcia Hams (C) and Susan Shepard (R) are applauded as they cut a wedding cake in Cambridge, Massachusetts City Hall before becoming the first same-sex couple to register for a marriage license shortly after midnight May 17, 2004. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

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)

from The Great Debate:

Egypt’s grand mufti: No justification for terror in any religion

By Shawky Allam
April 1, 2015

A view of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the Citadel, the Sultan Hasan Mosque and the Al-Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo

The Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the Citadel (top), the Sultan Hasan Mosque and the Al-Rifa'i Mosque (bottom right) in Cairo, May 20, 2008, REUTERS/Nasser Nuri

Rogue Catholic bishops plan to grow schismatic challenge to Rome

By Reuters Staff
March 30, 2015
(French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure (C) walks during a mass in Nova Friburgo near Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2015. Two renegade Catholic bishops plan to consecrate a new generation of bishops to spread their ultra-traditionalist movement called "The Resistance" in defiance of the Vatican, one of them said at a remote monastery in Brazil. French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure, himself consecrated only two weeks ago by the Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard Williamson, said the new group rejected Pope Francis and what it called his "new religion" and would not engage in a dialogue with Rome until the Vatican turned back the clock. Picture taken on March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer)

(French Bishop Jean-Michel Faure (C) walks during a mass in Nova Friburgo near Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Eisenhammer)

Second blogger criticising Islamists hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

By Reuters Staff
March 30, 2015
(Activists of Hefajat-e-Islam attend a grand rally at Motijheel area in Dhaka April 6, 2013. Thousands of activists from Hefajat-e Islam clashed with Shahbagh demonstrators and police officers, after attending the grand rally. The activists from Hefajat-e-Islam were demanding for capital punishment for a group of bloggers, who organised the Shahbagh demonstration, and for the introduction of blasphemy laws, according to local media. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

(Islamists stage a grand rally in Dhaka April 6, 2013 to demand the death penalty for 84 bloggers they say are atheists. . REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

Modi government says to push for cow slaughter ban in India

By Reuters Staff
March 30, 2015
(Rescued cattle are seen at a "goushala", or cow shelter, run by Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of the Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), at Aangaon village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra February 20, 2015. Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in the world's second-biggest exporter. Picture taken February 20. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade)

(Rescued cattle are seen at a “goushala”, or cow shelter, run by Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of the Hindu nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), at Aangaon village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra February 20, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade)

Elderly women in Tanzania fear spate of murderous witch hunts

By Reuters Staff
March 30, 2015
(An albino child sits outside the courtroom in Ruyigi, eastern Burundi, May 28, 2009. Prosecutors in Burundi on Thursday asked for life sentences for three people on trial for allegedly murdering albinos to sell their body parts for use in witchcraft. REUTERS/Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana)

(An albino child sits outside the courtroom in Ruyigi, eastern Burundi, where three people were on trial for allegedly murdering albinos to sell their body parts for use in witchcraft. May 28, 2009.  REUTERS/Jean Pierre Aime Harerimana)

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)

Iran expands its regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

March 27, 2015
(Shi'ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen's president on Thursday, in a major gamble by the world's top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington. The poster reads: "The leader of the Kuranic march Abdul Malik Badruddin al-Houthi." REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

(Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)