from Photographers' Blog:

Brief encounter with a fleeing Yazidi

By Youssef Boudlal
August 22, 2014

Fishkhabour, Iraq

By Youssef Boudlal

I remember the scene well. It was the day that I arrived at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing of Fishkhabour.

from Jack Shafer:

The Islamic State buys itself a day of horror, little else, by killing James Foley

By Jack Shafer
August 20, 2014

By uploading a video of its execution of journalist James Foley to the Web on Tuesday, the Islamic State achieves the impossible: It re-executes him every time somebody presses play.

Pope Francis says it’s legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

August 19, 2014
(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. The pope began his five-day trip to South Korea on Thursday. The main purpose of the trip is to preside at the gathering of Asian Catholic youth and beatify 124 people killed for their faith in the 18th century. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

from Photographers' Blog:

From central banker to Islamic king

August 15, 2014

Kano, Nigeria

By Joe Penney

Last year Lamido Sanusi wore pin stripe suits and a colorful array of bow ties to work, and his job consisted mostly of managing interest rates and keeping inflation under control.

Pope urges young people not to waste time on Internet and smartphones

By Reuters Staff
August 7, 2014
(A faithful takes a picture with a tablet computer as Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

(A faithful takes a picture with a tablet computer as Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

The doubt inside the Sunni ‘revolution’ against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led gov’t

By Reuters Staff
August 7, 2014
(Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take their positions with their weapons during a patrol in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, January 28, 2014. Iraqi government forces battling al Qaeda-linked militants intensified air strikes and artillery fire on the Sunni city of Ramadi on Monday in a military operation that killed at least 20 ISIL militants in the eastern part of the city, Ministry of Defence said. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take their positions with their weapons during a patrol in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Vatican bank’s TV investment loss showed Cardinal Bertone’s power

August 7, 2014
(The Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prays as Pope Benedict XVI meets youths in Bkerke in Harissa, near Beirut September 15, 2012. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini )

(The Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prays as Pope Benedict XVI meets youths in Bkerke in Harissa, near Beirut September 15, 2012. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini )

Thai surrogate mother refused to abort Down’s twin on religious grounds

By Reuters Staff
August 3, 2014
(Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is held by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3, 2014. According to Pattaramon, his Australian parents, through a local surrogate agency, asked her at her 7th month of pregnancy to terminate it because of his Down's Syndrome but she refused and kept the baby. The Australian parents instead took with them Gammy's twin sister who was born healthy. More than 3 million Thai baht ($93,360) was raised through an online campaign in Thailand in less than a day for the medical treatment of Gammy who suffers from potentially life threatening heart conditions and a serious lung infection, local media reported. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj )

(Gammy, a baby born with Down’s Syndrome, and his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj )

Iran’s elite Guards help defend Shi’ite shrines in Iraq against Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
August 3, 2014
(A view of the Shi'ite Imam al-Askari shrine in Samarra July 12, 2014. Picture taken July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION))

(A view of the Shi’ite Imam al-Askari shrine in Samarra July 12, 2014. Picture taken July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani )

Putin wants demolished monasteries and church rebuilt inside Kremlin

By Reuters Staff
August 3, 2014
(Three cathedrals in the Moscow Kremlin, 17 bMay 2014/Tom Heneghan

(Three cathedrals in the Moscow Kremlin, 17 May 2014/Tom Heneghan)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for two monasteries and a church that were demolished during Soviet times to be rebuilt in the Kremlin, the largest overhaul of the site’s architectural landscape in nearly a century.