Top Shi’ite cleric urges restraint in assault on Iraq’s Falluja

May 27, 2016
Iraqi Shi'ite fighters gather in the town of Garma, Iraq, May 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

(Iraqi Shi’ite fighters gather in the town of Garma, Iraq, May 26, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

Islamic State falsely claiming attacks in Bangladesh, govt minister says

May 27, 2016
Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque, a Moghal era mosque (estd. 1676) in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh

(Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque, a Moghal-era mosque in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, 22 December 2006/Ragib Hasan)

Egyptian Muslims strip Christian woman and torch houses after affair rumour

May 27, 2016
A Coptic Christian priest blesses his congregation with holy water during Sunday service in the Virgin Mary Church at Samalout Diocese in Al-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, May 3, 2015. Copts have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders and Sisi's actions suggested he would deliver on promises of being an inclusive president who could unite the country after years of political turmoil. However, striking out at extremists abroad might prove easier than reining in radicals at home. Orthodox Copts, the Middle East's biggest Christian community, are a test of Sisi's commitment to tolerance, a theme he often stresses in calling for an ideological assault on Islamist militants threatening Egypt's security. Picture taken May 3, 2015. To match story EGYPT-CHRISTIANS/SISI    REUTERS/Stringer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1DY0A

(A Coptic Christian priest blesses his congregation with holy water during Sunday service in the Virgin Mary Church at Samalout Diocese in Al-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo, May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Two board members of Vatican bank quit after management dispute

May 27, 2016
New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march in front of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File photo - RTX2E08S

( Swiss Guards march in front of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Commentary: Islamic State may be down, but it’s far from out

May 24, 2016
Family members visit the graves of their loved ones, most of them People's Protection Units members, who were killed during fightings against Islamic State in north Syria, at a cemetery in Diyarbakir, Turkey February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

(Family members visit the graves of their loved ones killed during fighting against Islamic State in north Syria, at a cemetery in Diyarbakir, Turkey February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar)

German anti-immigration party AfD breaks off talks with Muslims

May 24, 2016
Anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) chairwoman Frauke Petry (C) arrives for a meeting with Nurhan Soykan, first deputy chairwoman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (centre L) and Sadiqu Al-Mousllie (centre 2nd L) member of the Syrian opposition in Germany, at a hotel in Berlin, Germany May 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Axel Schmidt TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

(Anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) chairwoman Frauke Petry (C) arrives for a meeting with the Central Council of Muslims in Germany at a hotel in Berlin,  May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt)

Bone fragment of murdered archbishop of Canterbury begins English pilgrimage

May 24, 2016
Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nicolls (L) receives the Hungarian relic of St Thomas a Beckett from  Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest Cardinal Peter Erdo before a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London, Britain May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

(Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nicolls (L) receives the Hungarian relic of St Thomas a Beckett from Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest Cardinal Peter Erdo before a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London, Britain May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall)

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Saudi’s three great pillars are showing cracks

May 24, 2016

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Hardliner elected as head of Iran’s top clerical body

May 24, 2016
Ahmad Jannati speaks during Tehran's Friday prayers October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

(Ahmad Jannati speaks during Tehran’s Friday prayers October 15, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Tunisian Islamists Ennahda move to separate politics and religion

May 23, 2016
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, arrives surrounded by bodyguards at the National Conference on Employment in Tunis, Tunisia, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

(Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, arrives surrounded by bodyguards at the National Conference on Employment in Tunis, Tunisia, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)