Preparations for pope visit promote unity in multi-faith Bosnia

May 29, 2015
(Members of children's choir "Superar" practise the songs that will be performed during the Pope's visit to Sarajevo at their music school in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina May 23, 2015. Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat. Preparing for the visit, Bosnians of all faiths are showing a rare unity in a country plagued by political and ethnic tensions nearly 20 years after the end of its 1992-95 war that claimed over 100,000 lives. While the pontiff's June 6 visit is the most eagerly awaited by Catholic Croats, the smallest group in the ethnically segmented state, Orthodox Serbs and Muslim Bosniaks have also taken an active part in preparing a warm welcome for Francis. Picture taken May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

(Members of children’s choir “Superar” practise the songs that will be performed during the Pope’s visit to Sarajevo at their music school in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)

Dream of adopting child from Africa becomes nightmare for U.S. couple

By Reuters Staff
May 29, 2015
(Abandoned children are seen during a group singing session at a home in Uganda's capital Kampala May 14, 2015. Ugandan families have been bribed, tricked or coerced into giving up their children to U.S. citizens and other foreigners for adoption, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found. Picture taken May 14, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena)

(Abandoned children are seen during a group singing session at a home in Uganda’s capital Kampala May 14, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena)

Financial regulator says Vatican bank needs more reform

May 29, 2015
(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul's Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004.)

(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican State , December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Saudi women defy driving ban and take to the roads – in a videogame

By Reuters Staff
May 28, 2015
(n-game art from "Saudi Girls Revolution". Photo courtesy of Na3m.)

(n-game art from “Saudi Girls Revolution”. Photo courtesy of Na3m.)

Saudi Arabian women will overcome a ban on female drivers and gain the right to drive this year, but only in a mobile videogame designed by a member of the royal family.

Vatican bank profits rise as pope’s clean-up campaign continues

May 27, 2015
(An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. A preliminary inquiry by the Vatican bank after the arrest of a Vatican prelate on suspicion of trying to smuggle huge sums of money into Italy from Switzerland found "clear failings" at the institution, a source close to the bank said on July 4, 2013. The board of the bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), held a meeting on Thursday that also addressed the shock resignation of its two top managers on Monday. The meeting had not been made public. Picture taken in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

(An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

Islamic financial products risk losing their uniqueness – report

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(An employee counts money at an exchange office in downtown Cairo June 5, 2014. Egypt's currency black market is under threat from two directions, as aid from wealthy Gulf states promises to ease a dollar shortage and an increasingly confident central bank engineers a gradual depreciation of the Egyptian pound. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

(An employee counts money at an exchange office in downtown Cairo June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Rights groups slam restrictive new Myanmar birth law as anti-Muslim

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(Rohingya women hold their children at the Khaung Dokkha camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state, April 22, 2014. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar. In February, Myanmar's government expelled the main aid group providing health to more than half a million Rohingya, Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland (MSF-H), after the organisation said it had treated people believed to have been victims of violence in southern Maungdaw township in January. The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred. An attack in March on NGO and U.N. offices by a Rakhine mob led to the withdrawal of other groups providing healthcare and other essential aid to another 140,000 Rohingya living in camps. Picture taken April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Minzayar)

(Rohingya women hold their children at the Khaung Dokkha camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, April 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Minzayar)

Netherlands plans to ban full-face Muslim veils in public places

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(A protestors attends a demonstration against the ban on Muslim women wearing the burqa in public in The Hague, November 30, 2006. The Dutch government agreed to a total ban on the wearing of burqas and other Muslim face veils in public, justifying the move on security grounds. The Netherlands would be the first European state to impose a countrywide ban on Islamic face coverings, though other countries have already outlawed them in specific places. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters)

(A protestors attends a demonstration against the ban on Muslim women wearing the burqa in public in The Hague, November 30, 2006. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters)

Egypt’s Copts praise President Sisi but await more tangible support

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2015
(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)

(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)

Islamic State expands its ‘state’, closing Sunni alternatives to jihadis

May 27, 2015
(MIDEAST-CRISIS/CONTROL - Update. Map of Syria and Iraq showing the areas controlled by Islamic State. Locates cities Palmyra and Ramadi.)

(May 25, 2015 update of map of Syria and Iraq showing the areas controlled by Islamic State. Locates cities Palmyra and Ramadi/REUTERS)