Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz during trip to Poland in July

January 31, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Leading China pastor probed for suspicion of embezzling funds – church authorities

January 31, 2016
A local resident rides a bicycle past a church in Xiaoshan, a commercial suburb of Hangzhou, the capital of China's east Zhejiang province December 21, 2006. REUTERS/Lang Lang/Files

(A local resident rides a bicycle past a church in Xiaoshan, a commercial suburb of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s east Zhejiang province December 21, 2006. REUTERS/Lang Lang)

GOP voters like Trump despite seeing him as not religious: poll

January 31, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds his bible while speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, September 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian C. Frank - RTS1XL2

(Donald Trump holds his bible while speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank)

Obama to make first visit as president to U.S. mosque next week

January 31, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room at the White House in Washington January 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room at the White House in Washington January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Israel approves mixed-sex Jewish prayer site at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

January 31, 2016
Members of activist group "Women of the Wall" speak to the media following the Israeli government's approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem's Western Wall to accommodate Jews who contest Orthodox curbs on worship by women at the site, in Jerusalem's Old City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

( “Women of the Wall” speak to the media following the Israeli government’s approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem’s Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

Pakistani cleric says he’s willing to review disputed blasphemy law

January 31, 2016
Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, speaks with a Reuters correspondent in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

(Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

Rome hosts large rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption

January 30, 2016
Priests shouts slogans during a rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption in Rome, Italy January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Priests shouts slogans during a rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption in Rome, Italy January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Thailand’s ‘child angels’ | The Wider Image

January 30, 2016

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A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup.

German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx

January 30, 2016
Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative "Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue", plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative “Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue”, plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Indonesia evacuates hundreds of members of sect after clashes

January 30, 2016
Indonesian Navy personnel help a child from the Gafatar sect disembark from the KRI Teluk Banten naval ship after it transported more than 700 members from West Kalimantan province  to Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta  January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

(Indonesian Navy personnel help a child from the Gafatar sect disembark after more than 700 members were evacuated from West Kalimantan province to Jakarta January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta)