Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

August 25, 2014
(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. Hana started wearing her headscarf full time aged 12. She was already wearing it at school and her family supported her so it was easy for her to make the decision. She says if felt like nothing had changed except her relationship with God. Reuters photographer Olivia Harris took portraits of a range of Muslim women in Britain and asked them why they chose to wear a hijab or veil. Picture taken June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti denounces Islamic State group as un-Islamic

By Reuters Staff
August 25, 2014
(Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom's grand mufti, prays during the funeral of the Saudi woman and her daughter who were killed in Chad, at the Grand Mosque in Riyadh February 6, 2008. A bomb attack on the residence of the Saudi ambassador to Chad killed the wife and daughter of an embassy employee taking shelter from the fighting between the government and rebel forces. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

(Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom’s grand mufti at the Grand Mosque in Riyadh February 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

China punishes Xinjiang official for openly practising faith

By Reuters Staff
August 25, 2014
(A Muslim Uighur man prays at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in the southwestern part of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, September 17, 2003. China has been carrying out patriotic re-education in mosques in order to suppress separatism. The Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur separatists have been fighting for the past 150 years for an independent East Turkestan homeland in southern Xinjiang. The Id Kah Mosque has been established for more than 500 years and is the biggest in China. Picture taken September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Andrew Wong )

(A Muslim Uighur man prays at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Andrew Wong)

from Photographers' Blog:

Brief encounter with a fleeing Yazidi

By Youssef Boudlal
August 22, 2014

Fishkhabour, Iraq

By Youssef Boudlal

I remember the scene well. It was the day that I arrived at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing of Fishkhabour.

from Jack Shafer:

The Islamic State buys itself a day of horror, little else, by killing James Foley

By Jack Shafer
August 20, 2014

By uploading a video of its execution of journalist James Foley to the Web on Tuesday, the Islamic State achieves the impossible: It re-executes him every time somebody presses play.

Pope Francis says it’s legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

August 19, 2014
(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. The pope began his five-day trip to South Korea on Thursday. The main purpose of the trip is to preside at the gathering of Asian Catholic youth and beatify 124 people killed for their faith in the 18th century. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

from Photographers' Blog:

From central banker to Islamic king

August 15, 2014

Kano, Nigeria

By Joe Penney

Last year Lamido Sanusi wore pin stripe suits and a colorful array of bow ties to work, and his job consisted mostly of managing interest rates and keeping inflation under control.

Pope urges young people not to waste time on Internet and smartphones

By Reuters Staff
August 7, 2014
(A faithful takes a picture with a tablet computer as Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

(A faithful takes a picture with a tablet computer as Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )

The doubt inside the Sunni ‘revolution’ against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led gov’t

By Reuters Staff
August 7, 2014
(Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take their positions with their weapons during a patrol in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, January 28, 2014. Iraqi government forces battling al Qaeda-linked militants intensified air strikes and artillery fire on the Sunni city of Ramadi on Monday in a military operation that killed at least 20 ISIL militants in the eastern part of the city, Ministry of Defence said. REUTERS/Stringer )

(Masked Sunni Muslim gunmen take their positions with their weapons during a patrol in Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Vatican bank’s TV investment loss showed Cardinal Bertone’s power

August 7, 2014
(The Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prays as Pope Benedict XVI meets youths in Bkerke in Harissa, near Beirut September 15, 2012. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini )

(The Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone prays as Pope Benedict XVI meets youths in Bkerke in Harissa, near Beirut September 15, 2012. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini )