Religion

Our ongoing coverage of faith and religion — and its influence on important issues around the globe.

Global Scan

Should selfies be allowed on the pilgrimage to Mecca?

Muslims typically make the hajj just once in a lifetime — and it's a signature moment in their lives. So it's understandable that they would want to document the trip. But that has some religious leaders upset. Meanwhile in Russia, the government is mounting a full-court press to convince Western journalists that Russia is a good guy. Sadly, that campaign has not affected its treatment of LGBT individuals. We have those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global hit

A record company executive tells host Lisa Mullins that he'd love to discover the next Spice Girls. So Lisa Mullins asks him, "why did you sign a recording contract with three small-town priests from Northern Ireland?"

Global Politics

Retirement in India

While retirement homes for the elderly are commonplace in the US, they are a new, and growing, phenomenon in India. Reporter Elliot Hannon visits one of the newly constructed Indian retirement communities to see who's moving in.

Global Politics

A pitch for the pink dollar in Nepal

Nepal's tourism industry took a major hit during the decade of Maoist insurgency. Now Nepalese officials want to make 2011 the year of tourism. And they're billing Nepal as a destination for gay and lesbian visitors. Habiba Nosheen has more.