Tehran’s Friday prayer leader gives blessing to nuclear deal

April 5, 2015
(Tehran's Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammed Emami-Kashani delivers a sermon in Tehran July 14, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

(Tehran’s Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammed Emami-Kashani delivers a sermon in Tehran July 14, 2006. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Second blogger criticising Islamists hacked to death this year in Bangladesh

March 30, 2015
(Activists of Hefajat-e-Islam attend a grand rally at Motijheel area in Dhaka April 6, 2013. Thousands of activists from Hefajat-e Islam clashed with Shahbagh demonstrators and police officers, after attending the grand rally. The activists from Hefajat-e-Islam were demanding for capital punishment for a group of bloggers, who organised the Shahbagh demonstration, and for the introduction of blasphemy laws, according to local media. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

(Islamists stage a grand rally in Dhaka April 6, 2013 to demand the death penalty for 84 bloggers they say are atheists. . REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

Book Talk – The link between corruption and violent religious extremism

March 27, 2015
(Opium farmers watch from the sidelines as officials nearby plan to tear through their poppy fields in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently called for a holy war against drugs in Afghanistan, which is responsible for more than 75 percent of the world's heroin. REUTERS/Adrees Latif AL/CP)

(Farmers at their opium poppy fields near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on April 10, 2004. REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

German court overturns ban on headscarves for Muslim women teachers

March 13, 2015
(A woman holds a placard reading "Religious freedom applies to Muslim women too" during a memorial event for murdered Marwa El-Sherbiny in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin July 17, 2009. El-Sherbiny, 31, mother of a 3-year-old and three months pregnant, was stabbed 18 times by the man she was testifying against during a July 1 appeal hearing in Dresden. El-Sherbiny was at the court to testify on charges that the man had called her a "terrorist" on a playground in 2008 because she was wearing a headscarf. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(A woman holds a placard reading “Religious freedom applies to Muslim women too” during a memorial event for a Muslim woman murdered in Dresden, that was held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

In holy city, Iran’s Rouhani sought clergy’s backing for nuclear talks

March 2, 2015
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(Shrine of Fatimah al-Masumah in Qom, Iran, 30 June 2014/Mohammad Mahdi)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has visited the holy city of Qom to appeal to its clergy, religious students and laypeople to back his efforts to strike a deal with major powers over the country’s disputed nuclear programme.

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps

February 27, 2015
(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Placard reads ' Never again'. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of a demonstration against anti-Semitism at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Austria passes ‘Law on Islam’ banning foreign money for Muslim groups

February 25, 2015
(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. Austria called on Thursday for standardised German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organisations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism. The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

(The minaret of a mosque in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

German Catholic archdiocese reveals it’s richer than Vatican

February 19, 2015
(ILE PHOTO FROM 13JULY94 - A fork of lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum near Cologne cathedral. Cologne will celebrate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral on August 15. AKW)

(Lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum next to Cologne cathedral on 13 July 1994/Reuters. 
AKW)

Jewish groups rap German anti-Semitism commission for omitting Jews

February 10, 2015
(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

February 10, 2015
(Page from an edition of the Mahabharata, Pahari, North-Western India, 19th century gouache and ink on paper, one side depicting Bhima with attendants, the other Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from the Kijaka story Provenance: Private Collection, Germany)

(Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from a 19th-century edition of the Mahabharata, from Pahari in northwestern India, gouache and ink on paper/Private collection, Germany)