Province in Muslim Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

February 16, 2016
A bride and groom couple go through a ritual during a mass marriage ceremony in Karachi, Pakistan, January 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

(A bride and groom couple at a mass marriage ceremony organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council in Karachi, Pakistan, January 24, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Pope Francis courts indigenous Mexicans as Catholic fervor fades

February 16, 2016
Pope Francis holds a baby after celebrating a Mass at San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

(Pope Francis holds a baby after celebrating a Mass at San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

A selfie with the pope | The Wider Image

February 16, 2016

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It’s not every day you get a selfie with the pope.

I took this photo high above the Atlantic Ocean about three hours after takeoff en route to Mexico.

In poor, violent enclave of ‘Saint Death’, Pope Francis slams Mexico´s rich and corrupt

February 14, 2016
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass before a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Ecatepec, Mexico, February 14, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

(Pope Francis celebrates a Mass before a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Ecatepec, Mexico, February 14, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero)

Zika, disease of the poor, may not change tough abortion law in Brazil

February 13, 2016
Eritania Maria, who is six months pregnant, is seen in front of her house at a slum in Recife, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

(Eritania Maria, who is six months pregnant, in front of her house at a slum in Recife, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Divisive religious politics return as Modi eyes make-or-break state vote

February 13, 2016
Sanjeev Balyan (C),  agriculture minister and a member of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), addresses a by-election campaign rally in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh,  February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

(Sanjeev Balyan, agriculture minister from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), addresses a by-election campaign rally in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

New app helps young Iranians avoid Islamic Republic’s ‘morality police’

February 13, 2016
Morality police take down the name of a detained woman during a crackdown on "social corruption" in north Tehran in this June 18, 2008 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files

(Morality police take down the name of a detained woman during a crackdown on “social corruption” in north Tehran in this June 18, 2008 file photo. REUTERS)

Putin may benefit from Cuba meeting of pope and patriarch

February 13, 2016
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity. Picture taken February 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Kremlin/Files (RUSSIA  - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3G5T6

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev)

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

February 13, 2016
Pope Francis (R) looks at Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their meeting in Havana, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY          - RTX26PAM

(Pope Francis (R) looks at Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their meeting in Havana, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Nigeria’s restive north | The Wider Image

February 11, 2016

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Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria’s most prominent Shi’ite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria.