• Pope's statement on climate change: 5 things to know Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Pope Francis, who pledged on the day of his installation as pontiff to make the environment a priority, is drafting a highly anticipated encyclical on ecology and climate change. Francis said last week he wanted the document to be released in time to be read before the next round of U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris at the end of the year.

  • JERUSALEM— A small Jewish ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of this week's Paris march out of modesty. World leaders had linked arms to march in Paris against terrorism after Islamic extremists killed 17 people. Merkel stood in the front row between French President...

  • New issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    PARIS— Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens of people who glorified terrorism or made racist or anti-Semitic remarks. A leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch...

  • MANILA, Philippines— Well before Pope Francis' plane touches down in this Asian bastion of the Roman Catholic faith, Filipinos have been snapping their selfies beside his life-sized cutout image in churches and malls. Pope Francis' Jan. 15-19 trip, following his ongoing Sri Lanka visit, promises to be as big or bigger, in part because the country has many painful...

  • France declares 'war' on Islamic extremism Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 | 5:57 PM ET
    An American holds a sign as people gather for a vigil outside the Consulate General of France to pay tribute to the victims of an attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in San Francisco.

    Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared that France was at war with radical Islam after harrowing terrorist attacks.

  • Satire is 'kryptonite' for Islamists: AEI fellow  Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 7:47 AM ET

    Satire is a potent weapon and free speech is under assault, says Michael Rubin, AEI resident fellow, discussing the deadly shooting in Paris that left 12 dead and at least 17 wounded in a Paris shooting.

  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    Pope Francis is focusing his attention on refugees, hostages and all those suffering in conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

  • Vatican finds millions of euros 'tucked away' Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:26 AM ET
    The Vatican

    The Vatican has found hundreds of millions of euros were found "tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See departments.

  • BIRMINGHAM, England, Nov 23- 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. "How do you save innocents in Syria?

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often sold nationally and used for years in...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 21- The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday plans to vote on whether to approve textbooks criticized for exaggerating the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. Once textbooks are approved in Texas, they are often marketed nationally and used for years in...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • World's biggest Bible factory is in... China? Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 1:09 AM ET
    A machine pulls in the first page of 'The Bible of the Woman' into the production line.

    The world's biggest Bible factory has just published its 125 millionth copy – in officially atheist China. The Financial Times reports.

  • RIYADH, Oct 20- Saudi Arabia's biggest bank has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years. The decision, made as the bank launches a $6 billion initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, shows how Saudi Arabia's...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- Plans by Saudi Arabia's biggest bank for a $6 billion initial public offer of shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, have run into religious controversy with some clerics suggesting it violates Islamic principles. "The conflict between religion and the economy in the kingdom has been negative for a long time, but this will not stop...

  • Jobs and religion: The case against Abercrombie Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:23 PM ET
    Pedestrians are reflected in the window of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco.

    Here's what the case against teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, that's headed to the Supreme Court, is all about, says Dan Eaton.

  • DALLAS, Oct 7- Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson on Tuesday met the family of the man infected with Ebola and fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital, as health officials keep close tabs on those who came in contact with the patient. Jackson also met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and is scheduled to meet religious leaders.

  • Modi in America: India's top man goes on tour Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

    The Indian prime minister is being welcomed by corporate executives, Indian Americans and, most importantly, Barack Obama.

  • NEW YORK/ BEIRUT, Sept 25- French fighter jets struck Islamic State targets in Iraq on Thursday and the United States hit them in Syria, as a U.S.-led coalition to fight the militants gained momentum with an announcement that Britain would join.