Anger grows in Italy over covering nudes for Iran’s Rouhani

January 30, 2016
Iran President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves next to Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) during his visit at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Iran President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves next to Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) during his visit at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Indonesia province bans Ahmadiyah from spreading minority Islamic sect

January 26, 2016
(A village on Bangka island

(A village on Bangka island, Nov 4, 2011/Taman Renyah)

A tiny Indonesian province has banned a minority Islamic sect from conducting religious activities, a move activists say raises concerns over intolerance in the Muslim-majority nation.

Philippine Muslim rebels concerned at rising Islamist radicalism among young

January 26, 2016
Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) rebels take up position at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015. The trust that the largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines has in the government has been eroded by a clash in January in which 44 police commandos and 18 rebels were killed, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrilla group Al Haj Ebrahim Murad told Reuters in an interview this week. Picture taken March 12, 2015. To match Interview PHILIPPINES-REBELS/   REUTERS/Erik De Castro  (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4TBF3

(Moro National Liberation Front rebels at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Pope Francis asks Protestants for forgiveness for past persecution

January 26, 2016
File photo of Pope Francis talking during his visit to the Lutheran church in Rome, November 15, 2015.   REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis during a visit to the Lutheran church in Rome, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis risks traditionalist anger with Martin Luther commemoration

January 26, 2016
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(Luther at the Diet of Worms, by Anton von Werner 1877, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart)

Risking the ire of Catholic traditionalists, Pope Francis is to take part in a joint Catholic-Lutheran service in Sweden in October marking the start of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s anti-Catholic Reformation.

Merkel opens exhibition of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust art in Berlin

January 26, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands with Holocaust survivor, artist Nelly Toll (R) at the exhibition "Art from the Holocaust" at the Deutsches Historisches Museum  (German Historical Museum) in Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Britta Pedersen/Pool

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands with Holocaust survivor, artist Nelly Toll (R) at the exhibition “Art from the Holocaust” at the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in Berlin, Germany, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Britta Pedersen)

Voodoo festival of Benin | The Wider Image

January 22, 2016

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In Ouidah, a small town and former slave port in the West African country of Benin, the annual voodoo festival gathers visitors from far and wide.

Pope Francis defends traditional marriage as Italy debates civil unions

January 22, 2016
Pope Francis waves to newlywed couples during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION) - RTR4M9UW

(Pope Francis waves to newlywed couples during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Iranian clerics criticise mass disqualification of candidates – website

January 22, 2016
EDITORS' NOTE:  Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani, Guardian Council Chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L-R) listen to the national anthem during a conference in Tehran, in this file photo taken August 14, 2008. Arch hardliner Mahdavi-Kani was elected and confirmed as head of Iran's Assembly of Experts on March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/Files  (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2JNJ8

(Guardian Council Chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati at a conference in Tehran,  August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Texts, Internet, social networks are ‘gift of God’ if used wisely: Pope Francis

January 22, 2016
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(Pope Francis listens to a video message on a journalist’s tablet aboard the papal plane while en route to Nairobi, Kenya, November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)