Pentagon slams “unhelpful” Shi’ite code name for offensive against Islamic State

May 27, 2015
(Shi'ite paramilitaries riding military vehicles travel from Lake Tharthar toward Ramadi to fight against Islamic state militants, west of Samarra, Iraq May 27, 2015. A campaign led by Shi'ite paramilitaries to drive Islamic State militants from Iraq's Sunni heartland was rebranded on Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Shi’ite paramilitaries riding military vehicles travel from Lake Tharthar toward Ramadi to fight against Islamic state militants, west of Samarra, Iraq May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners as “religious functionaries”

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2015
(Members of Magic Movement, a group of young Bangladeshis, stage a mock execution scene in protest of Saudi Arabia beheading of eight Bangladeshi workers in front of National Museum in Dhaka October 15, 2011. Eight Bangladeshi migrants have been beheaded in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh in public on October 7, as they were sentenced to death for the alleged murder of an Egyptian man in April 2007, an interior ministry of Saudua Arabia statement said. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

(Bangladeshis stage a mock execution scene in Dhaka on October 15, 2011 to protest against Saudi Arabia’s beheading of eight Bangladeshi workers. The Bangladeshi migrants were beheaded in Riyadh in public for the alleged murder of an Egyptian man in April 2007. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj)

U.S. fears Shi’ite militias fighting for Ramadi could worsen Iraqi sectarian fires

May 19, 2015
(Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. Iraqi security forces fought Islamic State militants at the gates of the western city of Ramadi on Friday, and local authorities warned it was in danger of falling unless reinforcements arrived soon. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

YouTube may show “Innocence of Muslims” film depicting Mohammad, U.S. court rules

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2015
(Cindy Lee Garcia (L), an actress in the "Innocence of Muslims", an anti-Islam movie that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world, holds a news conference outside her attorney's office after a court hearing in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2012. A California judge denied on Thursday a request by Garcia to remove the film from YouTube. Garcia had sought to have the film removed in a suit against YouTube parent company Google Inc and a California man linked to the film, saying she was duped into taking part and had since received death threats. REUTERS/Bret Hartman)

(Cindy Lee Garcia (L), an actress in the “Innocence of Muslims”, an anti-Islam movie that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world, holds a news conference outside her attorney’s office after a court hearing in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2012. REUTERS/Bret Hartman)

Chastened Catholic Church leaders take back seat in Irish gay marriage referendum

May 19, 2015
(A restaurant displays a poster supporting the Yes vote, in the Caple Street area of Dublin in Ireland May 18, 2015. Irish voters are set to back the introduction of gay marriage by a margin of as much as two-to-one and become the first country to approve the policy in a national plebiscite, a series of polls have indicated. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

(A restaurant displays a poster supporting the Yes vote, in the Caple Street area of Dublin in Ireland May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Morocco’s Islamic women preachers lead social revolution

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2015
(Moroccan women walk past the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca February 24, 2011. The minaret of the mosque is the highest in the world, standing at 210 metres (689 feet). REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

(Moroccan women walk past the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

Islamic State recruits as Tunisia grapples with freedoms after Arab Spring revolt

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2015
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(Tunis skyline, 4 January 2014/Hansueli Krapf)

Tunisian militants have fought in foreign wars for decades, from Afghanistan to Somalia to Iraq. But after the 2011 revolt against President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, hundreds of hard-liners were released from prisons, strengthening militant ranks with experienced old hands.

Special Report: The middle-class Islamists behind Tunisia’s museum attack

By Reuters Staff
May 19, 2015
(A police officer stands guard in front of the Bardo Museum in Tunis March 24, 2015. The national museum reopened on Tuesday, almost a week after a militant attack which killed 20 foreign visitors. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)

(A police officer stands guard in front of the Bardo Museum in Tunis March 24, 2015. The national museum reopened on Tuesday, almost a week after a militant attack which killed 20 foreign visitors. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)

Turkey names veteran Islamic banker as top financial regulator

By Reuters Staff
May 17, 2015
(Supporters of the Gulen movement read the Koran as they gather in front of the Bank Asya headquarters in Istanbul February 4, 2015. Turkey has taken control of Bank Asya, the Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The action by Turkey's banking regulatory authorities follows a run on deposits at Bank Asya last year when the lender became embroiled in the power struggle between Erdogan and Gulen, whose followers had set up the bank. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

(Supporters of the Gulen movement read the Koran as they gather in front of the Bank Asya headquarters in Istanbul February 4, 2015. Turkey has taken control of Bank Asya, the Islamic lender caught up in a feud between President Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Irish PM Kenny says country must seize opportunity to approve gay marriage

May 17, 2015
(Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny wears a shamrocks on his lapel as he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office during a St. Patrick's Day visit to the White House in Washington March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

(Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny wears a shamrocks on his lapel as he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office during a St. Patrick’s Day visit to the White House in Washington March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)