(An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters the images did appear to show the destruction of the ancient Baal Shamin temple . REUTERS/Social Media)
(Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, an archaeologist from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) points to a drawing of a trophy rack for sacrificed human skulls, during a news conference at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Romero)
(Stand-up comedians Shehzad Ghias Shaikh, gestures while performs during a show at The Second Floor (T2F) a community space for open dialogue, in Karachi, Pakistan, August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)
(Banners with the messages, “Gaza: Let the Boats Pass” and “Gaza Plage” are seen near beach umbrellas along the artificial sand beach at the “Paris Plages” event, in Paris, France, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)
As Religion Editor based in Paris, I cover main religion developments, coordinate religion news coverage and run the FaithWorld blog. Since joining Reuters in 1977 in London, I've worked in Vienna, Geneva, Islamabad, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bonn and Paris. My book Unchained Eagle: Germany after the Wall was published in 2000. In 2006, I received the European Religion Writer of the Year award and FaithWorld was awarded the RNA 2012 Best Online Section prize.