In India, the guru has long been a spiritual leader. Now, however, times are changing and they're assuming a more political or psychological role. Yet, some in India remain uneasy.
Catholic and evangelical Christians are taking their fierce opposition to abortion and casting it in an environmental direction. They're rallying support for a new EPA rule to limit pollution from mercury.
In Tunisia, there's a growing disagreement between conservative Muslims and secular Tunisian used to the way things were under the previous regime. While no one misses the Ben Ali regime, many of the secular people worry that they'll be overwhelmed by fundamentalists.
Hundreds of years ago, two groups of Jews moved to India and settled in an area along the Malabar Coast. Now, fewer than 40 remain, the rest having emigrated to Israel after it was formed or died of old age. But this year, they'll light the menorah at their now-closed synagogue to celebrate Hanukkah.
In Israel, there's a concerted effort to get more Christian tourists to visit the Holy Land and visit the churches, and shrines that dot Israel and the West Bank. There's a financial incentive, as each tourist typically spends about $1,700 but also a political motivation. They're hoping to make each tourist a sort of ambassador of Israel.
The Dearborn community is talking more than ever about what the All-American Muslim show, filmed in its community, can teach us. The discussion has come in the wake of Lowe's decision to pull its ads from the show.
Lowe's home improvement store sparked outrage after pulling its advertising from the TLC series All American Muslims. Now, other business have stepped up and bought up the newly available advertising while others criticize the store for caving into hate and bigotry.
In China, the government is becoming more open to its people embracing Buddhism and Buddhist principles. But when it comes to the Dali Lama, and Tibet, things are more restricted than ever.
The Sheikh Nur Hussein Shrine in Eastern Ethiopia has been a site of pilgrimages for years, but it's coming under increased criticism by conservative Muslims, endangering the pilgrims.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to "reaffirm" that In God We Trust is the national motto. The resolution, which passed, was in support of a motto that's actually less than 60 years old.