U.S. Muslim pleads guilty to threatening TV show over Prophet Mohammad image

February 9, 2012

(Eric Cartman, one of the stars of the animated TV series South Park, 22 February 2010/Hunter Kahn)

Islamist MPs clash in Egypt’s parliament over call to prayer during session

February 9, 2012

(Salafi members of parliament are seen during the first Egyptian parliament session, after a revolution ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad wants Pope Benedict to visit Tehran

February 9, 2012

(Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds up copies of the Koran (L) and the Bible as he addresses the 65th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar )

Obama’s birth-control rule stokes U.S. election-year fight

February 9, 2012

(U.S. President Barack Obama discusses about the economy at Fire Station Number Five in Arlington, Virginia February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill calls Putin era a “miracle of God”

February 9, 2012

(Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) kisses Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill during an Orthodox Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 23, 2011. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

Church of England takes another step towards allowing women bishops

February 9, 2012

(Members of the Church of England General Synod attend the opening at Church House in London February 6, 2012 . REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly )

from Tales from the Trail:

Santorum courts Texas conservatives

February 9, 2012

By Judy Wiley

Roughly  1,000 supporters filled the Fairview Farms Corral Barn in Plano, Texas and spilled out the door  of the party hall where they'd come to see the man in the day's political spotlight -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.