Hundreds of thousands protest in Chechnya against Mohammad cartoons

By Reuters Staff
January 19, 2015
(People attend a rally to protest against satirical cartoons of prophet Mohammad, in Grozny, Chechnya January 19, 2015. Tens of thousands of people staged the rally on Monday in Chechnya against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the prophet, which the predominantly Muslim region's leader denounced as "vulgar and immoral". Seen in the background is the Heart of Chechnyamosque. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko )

(People attend a rally to protest against satirical cartoons of prophet Mohammad, in Grozny, Chechnya January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko)

Turkish PM Davutoglu says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

January 18, 2015
(Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul January 16, 2015. Davutoglu said on Friday the Syrian city of Aleppo must be protected from bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad's forces before Turkey would consider stepping up its role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

(Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Belgian radical Islamists on margins among hometown Muslims

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2015
(Belgian police investigators inspect the entrance of an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 16, 2015. Belgian police were questioning 13 suspects on Friday detained during raids against an Islamist group they feared planned to attack police and two other people were held in France, state prosecutors said. A spokesman told a news conference there was still no apparent link to last week's Islamist attacks in Paris and the identities of two gunmen killed during one of the raids on Thursday, in the eastern town of Verviers, had yet to be confirmed. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

(Belgian police investigators inspect the entrance of an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Austria mulls quitting Saudi-backed KAICIID religious centre in Vienna

January 18, 2015
(Guests of honour, KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Abdulrahmen bin Muaammar, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Abdullah Al Turki, President of the Islamic League, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, Spanish Foreign Minister Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil and Cardinal Jean-Luis Tauran (L-R) listen, during the opening ceremony of the 'King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue' (KAICIID) in Vienna November 26, 2012. The Saudi-backed centre for worldwide interfaith dialogue will officially open on Monday evening. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

(Guests of honour, KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Abdulrahmen bin Muaammar, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Abdullah Al Turki, President of the Islamic League, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, Spanish Foreign Minister Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil and Cardinal Jean-Luis Tauran (L-R) listen, during the opening ceremony of the ‘King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue’ (KAICIID) in Vienna November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

Netanyahu eyes Asian markets, cites anti-Israel mood in Europe

January 18, 2015
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem January 18, 2015. Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called "Islamisation" in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool)

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool)

Britain must confront appalling rise in anti-Semitism: UK interior minister

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2015
(Britain's Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles and Home Secretary Theresa May hold up signs reading "I am Jewish" during a Board of Deputies of British Jews event in London, January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

(Britain’s Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles and Home Secretary Theresa May hold up signs reading “I am Jewish” during a Board of Deputies of British Jews event in London, January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Pope Francis’s Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican

January 18, 2015
(An overview of an open-air Mass led by Pope Francis at Rizal Park in Manila January 18, 2015. Pope Francis said a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday, after appealing to the world to "learn how to cry" over the plight of poor, hungry, homeless and abused children. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

(An overview of an open-air Mass led by Pope Francis at Rizal Park in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini)

Papal text says man betrays God by destroying the environment

January 18, 2015
(Pope Francis smiles as he waves to residents during a motorcade in Tacloban city, after holding a mass near the airport, January 17, 2015. An emotional Francis, wearing a plastic poncho over his vestments to protect him from the wind and rain on Saturday, comforted survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines' worst natural disaster that killed about 6,300 people 14 months ago. REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

(Pope Francis smiles as he waves to residents during a motorcade in Tacloban city, after holding a mass near the airport, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Duke University reverses plan for bell tower Muslim call to prayer

By Reuters Staff
January 16, 2015
Duke University chapel tower,

(Duke University chapel tower, 17 May 2009/Tony Ballioni)

Duke University scrapped plans on Thursday to allow the Muslim call to prayer to emanate from its chapel bell tower, university officials said, amid fierce criticism from conservative Christians and anger from alumni.

Pope’s U.S. visit a chance to mend fences with conservative Catholics

January 16, 2015
(Pope Francis smiles as he delivers his messages during a mass at the Cathedral church in Manila January 16, 2015. Pope Francis called on the Philippine government on Friday to tackle corruption and hear the cries of the poor suffering from "scandalous social inequalities" in Asia's most Catholic country. Pope Francis arrived in Manila on Thursday for a five-day visit. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

(Pope Francis smiles as he delivers his messages during a mass at the Cathedral church in Manila January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)