Saudi women defy driving ban and take to the roads – in a videogame

By Reuters Staff
May 28, 2015
(n-game art from "Saudi Girls Revolution". Photo courtesy of Na3m.)

(n-game art from “Saudi Girls Revolution”. Photo courtesy of Na3m.)

Saudi Arabian women will overcome a ban on female drivers and gain the right to drive this year, but only in a mobile videogame designed by a member of the royal family.

Vatican bank profits rise as pope’s clean-up campaign continues

May 27, 2015
(An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. A preliminary inquiry by the Vatican bank after the arrest of a Vatican prelate on suspicion of trying to smuggle huge sums of money into Italy from Switzerland found "clear failings" at the institution, a source close to the bank said on July 4, 2013. The board of the bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), held a meeting on Thursday that also addressed the shock resignation of its two top managers on Monday. The meeting had not been made public. Picture taken in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

(An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

Islamic financial products risk losing their uniqueness – report

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(An employee counts money at an exchange office in downtown Cairo June 5, 2014. Egypt's currency black market is under threat from two directions, as aid from wealthy Gulf states promises to ease a dollar shortage and an increasingly confident central bank engineers a gradual depreciation of the Egyptian pound. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

(An employee counts money at an exchange office in downtown Cairo June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Rights groups slam restrictive new Myanmar birth law as anti-Muslim

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(Rohingya women hold their children at the Khaung Dokkha camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 22, 2014. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar. In February, Myanmar's government expelled the main aid group providing health to more than half a million Rohingya, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF-H), after the organisation said it had treated people believed to have been victims of violence in southern Maungdaw township in January. The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred. An attack in March on NGO and U.N. offices by a Rakhine mob led to the withdrawal of other groups providing healthcare and other essential aid to another 140,000 Rohingya living in camps. Picture taken April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Rohingya women hold their children at the Khaung Dokkha camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, April 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Minzayar)

Netherlands plans to ban full-face Muslim veils in public places

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(A protestors attends a demonstration against the ban on Muslim women wearing the burqa in public in The Hague, November 30, 2006. The Dutch government agreed to a total ban on the wearing of burqas and other Muslim face veils in public, justifying the move on security grounds. The Netherlands would be the first European state to impose a countrywide ban on Islamic face coverings, though other countries have already outlawed them in specific places. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters)

(A protestors attends a demonstration against the ban on Muslim women wearing the burqa in public in The Hague, November 30, 2006. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters)

Egypt’s Copts praise President Sisi but await more tangible support

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(A Coptic Christian priest blesses his congregation with holy water during Sunday service in the Virgin Mary Church at Samalout Diocese in Al-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, May 3, 2015. Copts have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and Sisi's actions suggested he would deliver on promises of being an inclusive president who could unite the country after years of political turmoil. However, striking out at extremists abroad might prove easier than reining in radicals at home. Orthodox Copts, the Middle East's biggest Christian community, are a test of Sisi's commitment to tolerance, a theme he often stresses in calling for an ideological assault on Islamist militants threatening Egypt's security. Picture taken May 3, 2015. To match story EGYPT-CHRISTIANS/SISI REUTERS/Stringer)

(A Coptic Christian priest blesses his congregation with holy water during Sunday service in the Virgin Mary Church at Samalout Diocese in Al-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Islamic State expands its ‘state’, closing Sunni alternatives to jihadis

May 27, 2015
(MIDEAST-CRISIS/CONTROL - Update. Map of Syria and Iraq showing the areas controlled by Islamic State. Locates cities Palmyra and Ramadi.)

(May 25, 2015 update of map of Syria and Iraq showing the areas controlled by Islamic State. Locates cities Palmyra and Ramadi/REUTERS)

Pentagon slams “unhelpful” Shi’ite code name for offensive against Islamic State

May 27, 2015
(Shi'ite paramilitaries riding military vehicles travel from Lake Tharthar toward Ramadi to fight against Islamic state militants, west of Samarra, Iraq May 27, 2015. A campaign led by Shi'ite paramilitaries to drive Islamic State militants from Iraq's Sunni heartland was rebranded on Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Shi’ite paramilitaries riding military vehicles travel from Lake Tharthar toward Ramadi to fight against Islamic state militants, west of Samarra, Iraq May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners as “religious functionaries”

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2015
(Members of Magic Movement, a group of young Bangladeshis, stage a mock execution scene in protest of Saudi Arabia beheading of eight Bangladeshi workers in front of National Museum in Dhaka October 15, 2011. Eight Bangladeshi migrants have been beheaded in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh in public on October 7, as they were sentenced to death for the alleged murder of an Egyptian man in April 2007, an interior ministry of Saudua Arabia statement said. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

(Bangladeshis stage a mock execution scene in Dhaka on October 15, 2011 to protest against Saudi Arabia’s beheading of eight Bangladeshi workers. The Bangladeshi migrants were beheaded in Riyadh in public for the alleged murder of an Egyptian man in April 2007. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

U.S. fears Shi’ite militias fighting for Ramadi could worsen Iraqi sectarian fires

May 19, 2015
(Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. Iraqi security forces fought Islamic State militants at the gates of the western city of Ramadi on Friday, and local authorities warned it was in danger of falling unless reinforcements arrived soon. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)