Iranian Muslims to miss haj pilgrimage amid rift with Saudi Arabia

May 13, 2016
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian worshippers pray during Eid al-Adha prayers at a university in Tehran in this file photo taken on November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

(Iranian worshippers pray during Eid al-Adha prayers at a university in Tehran in this file photo taken on November 28, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

New U.S. ambassador to Myanmar says he will keep using term “Rohingya”

May 12, 2016
U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Scot Marciel smiles during a meeting with Ouch Borith (not pictured), secretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in Phnom Penh, November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

(New U.S. ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel in a November 4, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Samrang Pring)

Commentary: How London’s new Muslim mayor is already tilting the world’s political chessboard

May 12, 2016
Sadiq Khan at the signing ceremony for the new mayor of London, in Southwark Cathedral, London, May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool

(Sadiq Khan at the signing ceremony for the new mayor of London, in Southwark Cathedral, London, May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Yui Mok)

Amish lose appeal of convictions in Ohio beard-cutting attacks

May 12, 2016
A silhouetted Amish man waits during his buggy tour in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania August 9, 2014. It's that Old World charm of the Amish that draws 8 million tourists - and $1.9 billion - each year to Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, home of the nation's largest Amish community of 31,000. What the Amish don't do, supporters say, is tote rifles as part of a violent protection racket - as depicted in the television show "Amish Mafia" - or regularly defy their religion, like in "Breaking Amish" and "Breaking Amish: Brave New World." And, Amish horror stories are not the norm, despite the plot lines of the upcoming "Amish Haunting." Filmmaker Mary Haverstick is leading a push to eject the shows, airing on the Discovery Channel and related networks, from Lancaster County. The movement is gathering support because of what some see as a demeaning, inaccurate portrayal of the gentle, devout group. But some wonder if the hard-edged reality TV approach is that different from the soft exploitation of the Amish by the local tourism industry. In both, the Amish are unpaid, costumed "extras." Picture taken August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION MEDIA EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT TRAVEL) - RTR42PO1

(A silhouetted Amish man waits during his buggy tour in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela)

Pope Francis rebukes ‘weary’ Europe and says migrants are not criminals

May 12, 2016
Pope Francis talks during a ceremony in which he was awarded 2016 Charlemagne Prize at the Vatican May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Angelo Carconi/Pool

Pope Francis talks during a ceremony in which he was awarded 2016 Charlemagne Prize at the Vatican May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Angelo Carconi/Pool

Jewish leaders call for UK’s Labour Party to act on anti-Semitism ‘cancer’

May 12, 2016
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone leaves after appearing on the LBC radio station in London, Britain, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2C87M

(Former London mayor Ken Livingstone leaves after appearing on the LBC radio station in London, Britain, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall)

German establishment rounds on anti-immigration party over Islam

May 12, 2016
Delegates of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) vote during the second day of the AfD party congress in Stuttgart, Germany, May 1,  2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

(Delegates of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) vote during the second day of the AfD party congress in Stuttgart, Germany, May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

London’s new mayor not ready to be exception to Trump’s ban on Muslims

May 12, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. May 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Chris Tilley/File Photo

(Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S. May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Tilley)

Bulgarian town bans full-face veils worn by some Roma Muslims

April 29, 2016
Two women wearing full-face veils walk in Regents Park in London September 20, 2013. As the British government considers how to better integrate Britain's 2.7 million Muslims without restricting the right to freedom of religious expression, it has steered clear of following the examples of France and Belgium, where it is illegal for women to wear full-face veils in public. There have been growing calls from some British lawmakers for a ban on veils in schools, but women wearing headscarves and veils on the streets of east London, home to a large Muslim community, said the government should not get involved in religious matters. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS) - RTX13SIQ

(Two women wearing full-face veils walk in Regents Park in London September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

Vatican saw surge of suspicious financial activity reports in 2015

April 29, 2016
A guard stands at the Vatican April 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(A guard stands at the Vatican April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

The Vatican received 544 reports of suspicious financial activity in 2015, nearly four times more than the year before, its financial watchdog said on Thursday, putting the increase down to better compliance, not more crime.