Church spires and skyscrapers in London’s City | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2015
By Toby

(Photos by Toby Melville)

London’s skyline never stands still. The City of London, as the largest financial centre in Europe, is no exception. Cranes pepper the horizon and buildings shoot skywards.

Pope Francis urges countries to review migration laws to help refugees

December 15, 2015
Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism

By Reuters Staff
December 15, 2015
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir attends a news conference at a hotel in Paris, France, December 15, 2015, where he said their Islamic anti-terror alliance will share information and train, equip and provide forces if necessary for the fight against Islamic State.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen  - RTX1YSOK

(Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir attends a news conference at a hotel in Paris, France, December 15, 2015, where he said their Islamic anti-terror alliance will share information and train, equip and provide forces if necessary for the fight against Islamic State. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)

In American mosques, growing safety concerns — and more armed guards

By Reuters Staff
December 15, 2015
A Fairfax County police officer controls traffic as women make their way to the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia  just outside of Washington December 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

(A Fairfax County police officer controls traffic as women make their way to the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia just outside of Washington December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Italian police seize 3,500 fake parchments with papal blessings

December 15, 2015
The detail of an authentic papal blessing on parchment is pictured at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

(The detail of an authentic papal blessing on parchment is pictured at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Vatican must step up prosecutions of financial crimes: European watchdog

December 15, 2015
A general view of St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(A general view of St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Special Report: How Saddam’s men help Islamic State rule

By Reuters Staff
December 11, 2015
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Picture taken June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3VIB1

)A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

For God and country: more U.S. pastors seek political office in 2016

By Reuters Staff
December 11, 2015
Pastor Rob McCoy poses for Reuters at Thousand Oaks City Hall in Thousand Oaks, California November 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

(Pastor Rob McCoy poses for Reuters at Thousand Oaks City Hall in Thousand Oaks, California November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas)

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Badawi on hunger strike, wife says

By Reuters Staff
December 11, 2015
Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Merkel’s party says burqa should not be worn in Germany

December 11, 2015
File picture shows visitors of the exhibition 'Burquoi' of Naneci Yurdaguel pictured through a burqa at the art gallery Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/Files

(Visitors of the exhibition ‘Burquoi’ of Naneci Yurdaguel pictured through a burqa at the art gallery Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski)