After Indian state’s beef ban, Hindu groups force abattoirs to close

By Reuters Staff
March 5, 2015
(A butcher cuts up portions of beef for sale in an abattoir at a wholesale market in Mumbai May 11, 2014. India's main Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) says it plans to clamp down on beef exports if it takes power after general elections that end on Monday, threatening supplies from one of the world's biggest shippers of the meat. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(A butcher cuts up portions of beef for sale in an abattoir at a wholesale market in Mumbai May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

New York City public schools to close on two Muslim holidays

By Reuters Staff
March 4, 2015
(Muslim worshippers pray during Eid al-Fitr services in the Queens borough of New York July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

(Muslim worshippers pray during Eid al-Fitr services in the Queens borough of New York, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Latvian synagogues lost in Holocaust get recreated in model form

By Reuters Staff
March 4, 2015
(Models of synagogues are displayed in the Ghetto museum in Riga February 27, 2015. Decades after destruction by the Nazis, Latvia's lost synagogue heritage has been recreated in intricate model form as part of efforts to recapture and document the once rich Jewish life in the Baltic country. Picture taken February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

(Models of synagogues are displayed in the Ghetto museum in Riga February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

Singapore gains halal cred, wins top marks from Muslim tourists

March 4, 2015
(Devotees break fast on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore June 29, 2014. Muslims are observing the fasting month of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. They celebrate the end of the Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr festival. REUTERS/Edgar Su)

(Devotees break fast on the first day of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su)

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)

from The Great Debate:

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.