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  • INSIGHT-Leader of Iraq insurgents is jihad's rising leader Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    *Baghdadi controls cross-border swathes of Syria, Iraq. BEIRUT, June 11- The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state.

  • Repercussions of Cantor defeat     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood provides insight into how Washington is wrapping its head around David Brat's upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

  • Elephant in the room at Virginia primary     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood provides insight to what some say may have played a role in the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by tea party challenger David Brat in the Virginia Republican primary.

  • Malaysia declares Cadbury's chocolate pork-free Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    Malaysia found no pork products in Cadbury chocolate after a test last month found traces of pig DNA.

  • *Battalion Vostok fighters say ranks include men from Russia, Ossetia, Chechnya. DONETSK, Ukraine, June 1- In flak jackets and mismatched camouflage fatigues, men from eastern Ukraine, Russia and Ossetia cleaned their weapons side by side in a former Ukrainian army base, now the headquarters of a separatist militia in the city of Donetsk.

  • JAKARTA/ KUALA LUMPUR, May 30- Indonesian authorities said on Friday they were testing products made by British confectioner Cadbury to check they complied with Islamic standards after two chocolate varieties in neighbouring Malaysia were found to be contaminated with pork DNA.

  • Mondelez foods after pork traces@. KUALA LUMPUR, May 29- Muslim retail and consumer groups in Malaysia on Thursday called for a boycott of products made by Britain- based confectioner Cadbury and its parent Mondelez International Inc, after two chocolate varieties were found to have infringed Islamic rules by containing pork DNA.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, May 29- Muslim retail and consumer groups in Malaysia on Thursday called for a boycott of products made by Britain- based confectioner Cadbury and its parent Kraft Foods Group Inc after two chocolate varieties were found to have infringed Islamic rules by containing pork DNA.

  • Blair: 'Warped' religious views jeopardize future Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    Tony Blair

    Former British prime minister Tony Blair says ensuring security in areas shaken by extremism starts with rooting out "poisonous" ideologies.

  • Pope says 'door is open' to rethink priest celibacy Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Pope Francis says priestly celibacy is up for discussion.

  • DUBAI, May 19- Bahrain's central bank is finalizing rules for the supervision of sharia-compliant advisory firms, part of a wider overhaul of standards as the Gulf state steps up its efforts in Islamic finance. Having been a pioneer of the sector, Bahrain is now competing with other centers such as Dubai, London and Kuala Lumpur for Islamic finance business.

  • Text of Sisi interview with Reuters Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 4:46 AM ET

    CAIRO, May 15- Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave Reuters a wide-ranging interview. The following is the full text. Q: How long do you think it will take to make real difference.

  • AHMEDABAD, India, April 30- Police opened a investigation against Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, tipped to be India's next prime minister, after he flashed his party's symbol and made a speech after casting his vote in a violation of election rules.

  • VADODARA, India, April 30- India's Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting on Wednesday in the world's largest election, but the man tipped to be the next prime minister is still not assured of winning an outright majority.

  • VADODARA, India, April 30- India's Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi looked triumphant after voting on Thursday in the seventh stage of the world's largest election, but the man tipped to be the next prime minister is still not assured of winning an outright majority.

  • *Communal massacres, Islamist revolt test Nigeria's unity. UNGWAN GATA/ ABUJA Nigeria, April 28- When Fulani raiders carrying rifles, machetes and clubs stormed his village one night last month, Pius Nna was stunned to see his teenage nephew among them.

  • *France, United Nations have spoken out against partition. BAMBARI, Central African Republic, April 24- In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition.

  • 1 million homes: Arab builder scores massive deal Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 1:41 PM ET
    Egyptian  Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, right, looks at plans of the new housing initiative with Arabtec CEO Hasan Abdullah Ismaik during the signing ceremony in Cairo on Sunday.

    UAE's Arabtec signed a $40-billion pact to build a million homes in Egypt, a deal that has major political implications.

  • *Putin harnesses Russian Orthodox Church to support Ukraine policy. MOSCOW, March 7- As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity.

  • Chart of the Day: Religious giving slides Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    A report from Giving USA Foundation shows that donations made to American religious organizations have slowed of late.