• Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred— and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country— India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. The meat, which in India comes from bulls and buffaloes, is widely eaten in some communities, particularly by low-caste Hindus and millions of Muslims and Christians.

  • Holy iPad! Pope's iPad sells for over $35K Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    An Apple iPad which belonged to Pope Francis is seen at Castells auction house in Montevideo, April 14, 2015.

    An iPad which belonged to Pope Francis fetched $30,500 at auction, with proceeds going to a school for the poor in Uruguay.

  • JERUSALEM— An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian— one of the world's most photographed women— from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week. The original photo of Kardashian, her husband, Kanye West, and Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat was altered to put Kardashian behind a restaurant receipt. Nissim Ben Haim, an editor at the Kikar...

  • April 15- Turkish Islamic asset manager Alkhair Capital plans to launch new funds this year and will start a service to advise on Islamic bonds, or sukuk, its general manager said. Alkhair Capital, majority-owned by Bahrain's Bank Alkhair, is the only full-fledged Islamic investment firm in the country, with AZ Global and BMD Securities offering some...

  • MES AYNAK, Afghanistan, April 12- China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up. Tapping Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion mineral resources is a top priority for President...

  • It's new, and it's not bacon. It's 'Schmacon' Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 1:35 PM ET
    Schmacon: It’s bacon, without the pork.

    "I think Schmacon is the evolution and, frankly, it's maybe the revolution in bacon," says Howard Bender, creator of beef-based bacon.

  • India's rich temples may open gold vaults for PM Modi Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    It is one of India's richest temples, having amassed 158 kg of gold offerings, worth some $67 million, and its heavily guarded vaults are strictly off limits. Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to get his hands on this temple gold, estimated at about 3,000 tonnes, more than two thirds of the gold held in the U.S bullion depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to help...

  • Faith & work: Amish miners deal with stricter rules Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 1:41 PM ET
    Amish bidders listen to the auctioneer during the Annual Mud Sale to support the Fire Department March 12, 2011, in Gordonville, Pennsylvania.

    As mine safety regulation grows stricter, one Pennsylvania-based company is forced to move some Amish workers from their posts.

  • Airlines’ latest headache: Religious seating Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 10:22 AM ET
    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men at airport

    Passengers share stories of conflicts among men trying to follow their faith and women just hoping to sit down, the NYT reports.

  • ADEN/ DUBAI, April 7- Plunged into darkness, low on water and short of food, Samah Mulhi and her family huddle in their home in the Yemeni city of Aden as explosions and gunfire reverberate outside. The southern port is under siege by the Houthis, an Iran- allied militia undeterred by 13 days of Saudi-led air strikes meant to blunt their southward push from the capital...

  • GARISSA, Kenya, April 3- The mistake they made was to pray to Jesus. Reuben Mwavita, 21, a student, said the three were kneeling in front of the gunmen, praying for help. "I was confused, I was terrified and was shaking, but I was not screaming and that is what saved me," said Susan Kitoko, 24, from the hospital, where she was nursing bruises and a broken hip from escaping through a...

  • Indiana governor signs fix to religion bill Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 6:30 PM ET
    Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma speaks at the State Capitol April, 2, 2015 in Indianapolis.

    Businesses and groups have been reacting to a legislative fix to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday.

  • GARISSA, Kenya, April 2- Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a university in Kenya and killed at least 147 people on Thursday, in the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. embassy was bombed in 1998.. The siege ended nearly 15 hours after the Somali group's gunmen shot their way into the Garissa University College campus in a pre-dawn...

  • GARISSA, Kenya, April 2- GARISSA, Kenya, April 2- Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a Kenyan university campus on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of students and staff. Police and soldiers surrounded the Garissa University College and exchanged gunfire with the attackers throughout the day. Sheik Abdiasis Abu Musab, an Al Shabaab's...

  • Discrimination is bad for business: Rep. Honda Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 11:08 AM ET
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    Discrimination is not only shameful—it's bad for business, says Rep. Mike Honda. And Indiana businesses will suffer the consequences.

  • Arkansas, Indiana to seek fixes of religion bills Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 9:09 AM ET
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

    Indiana and Arkansas lawmakers plan to fix religion bills that were sent back to them this week after criticism from rights activists and businesses.

  • Controversial legislature in the US   Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Controversial legislature in the US

    Arkansas' governor has bowed to pressure over the state's controversial religious bill, while Indiana's governor is battling intense criticism over a similar action. NBC's Jay Gray reports.

  • Arkansas gov kicks religion law back to lawmakers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:53 AM ET
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson

    Arkansas' Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is sending the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act back to the legislature for a rewrite.

  • Secretive Vatican opens door to financial scrutiny Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 5:53 AM ET

    The Vatican and Italy on Wednesday signed an agreement to share financial and tax information.

  • Gov. Pence: Hobby Lobby relevant   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Gov. Pence: Hobby Lobby relevant

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence discusses the value of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision is relevant.