Hui Muslims were also swept up into camps along with Uighurs (Foreign Policy).
With the resignation of Adel Abdul Mahdi, Mohammed Allawi was appointed
as the new Prime Minister-designate of Iraq by President Barham Salih. The move by Salih was met by rejection from the ongoing protests in Tahrir Square. The protests have experienced a division as cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who had once opposed the government, endorsed the seating of Allawi (Reuters).
Saying that "Zionism was meant to create a center for the Jews, and not a center for the Jewish religion,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai (75) has initiated public transportation during the sabbath in order for his city to be a "model for democracy and pluralism" (NYT).
After the right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) passed restrictive legislation threatening prison time for intimating Polish complicity in the Holocaust a Jewish art scene begins to thrive (Foreign Policy).
The Russian Orthodox Church has drafted new rules asserting an interesting church/state separation angle in that: "The blessing of military weapons is not reflected in the tradition of the Orthodox Church and does not correspond to the content of the Rite" (Reuters).
A bill legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide (under certain circumstances) cleared a first step as the Parliament voted to let the bill proceed to the floor for debate (203-140, two abstentions) (Foreign Affairs).
On the 550th anniversary of birth of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, a gurdwaras in West London set a goal to register 550 Sikh community members as organ donors (Religion News Service).
A new chapter is unfolding in the Saudi-Houthi conflict as the Houthis (Ansar Allah
, Party of God) consolidate their power in Sana'a creating a Zaydi-Shia government modeled after the conservative Iranian theocracy (The Economist).