Iran’s elite Guards help defend Shi’ite shrines in Iraq against Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
August 3, 2014
(A view of the Shi'ite Imam al-Askari shrine in Samarra July 12, 2014. Picture taken July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION))

(A view of the Shi’ite Imam al-Askari shrine in Samarra July 12, 2014. Picture taken July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani )

Putin wants demolished monasteries and church rebuilt inside Kremlin

By Reuters Staff
August 3, 2014
(Three cathedrals in the Moscow Kremlin, 17 bMay 2014/Tom Heneghan

(Three cathedrals in the Moscow Kremlin, 17 May 2014/Tom Heneghan)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for two monasteries and a church that were demolished during Soviet times to be rebuilt in the Kremlin, the largest overhaul of the site’s architectural landscape in nearly a century.

China says Islamist militants kill pro-Beijing imam in Xinjiang

By Reuters Staff
August 1, 2014
(Juma Tayir speaks during an interview at Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in this still image taken from video dated August 3, 2011. Three suspected Islamist militants armed with knives and axes killed Tayir, the imam of China's biggest mosque in the western region of Xinjiang, on July 31, 2014, the authorities said, days after a knife-wielding gang attacked state buildings in the same region. All three attackers, who were named by the government, had ethnic Uighur names and the imam, Tayir, was a well-known pro-government Uighur who led prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in the old Silk Road city of Kashgar. REUTERS/ Reuters TV )

(Juma Tayir speaks during an interview at Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in this still image taken from video dated August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Reuters TV )

U.N. religion expert concerned over ‘interrupted’ Vietnam visit

By Reuters Staff
August 1, 2014
(Lighting strikes over Saint Joseph cathedral during a storm in Hanoi July 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria )

(Lighting over Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral during a storm in Hanoi July 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria )

Sudanese Christian at centre of Muslim conversion row arrives in U.S.

August 1, 2014
(Mariam Yahya Ibrahim (C) and her husband Daniel Wani (bottom) are greeted by a cheering crowd of people as they arrive at the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire July 31, 2014. Ibrahim who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, arrived in the United States on Thursday. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

(Mariam Yahya Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani are greeted by a cheering crowd at the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

In change of heart, Nepal allows cremation of Tibetan monk

By Reuters Staff
July 31, 2014
(Buddhist monks take part in the funeral of Shamar Rinpoche in a monastery in Kathmandu July 31, 2014. Nepal has allowed a monk prominent in Tibetan Buddhism to be cremated in a monastery in Kathmandu, a minister said on Tuesday, disregarding fears of possible anti-China protests by his followers during the funeral. The government had previously barred the followers of Shamar Rinpoche from bringing his body back to Nepal - where he ran a monastery - for the final rites, a decision that local media had blamed on pressure from China. Rinpoche, also known as the Shamarpa, died of a heart attack in Germany aged 62 on June 11. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )

(Buddhist monks take part in the funeral of Shamar Rinpoche in a monastery in Kathmandu July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar )

Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

July 31, 2014
(Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London July 26, 2014. Foreign ministers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East called on Saturday for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(Demonstrators carry Palestinian flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

American opinion of Arabs and Muslims is getting worse: poll

July 31, 2014
(People pray at at the Imam al-Khoei Foundation in New York, January 3, 2012. New York police are investigating as bias crimes four Molotov cocktail attacks on Sunday night including one against a mosque with 75 people inside and another against a Hindu place of worship. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz )

(People pray at at the Imam al-Khoei Foundation in New York, January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz )

Nigeria opens its long-awaited battle of ideas against Boko Haram

July 31, 2014
(A teacher at Maska Road Islamic School teaches Hadith excerpts in a classroom in Kaduna, July 16, 2014. In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram. The school is steadfast in preaching tolerance to its pupils, and the government is about to adopt this message in a new strategy for containing Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in a five-year campaign for an Islamic state. Picture taken July 16, 2014. To match Insight NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM/ REUTERS/Joe Penney)

(A teacher at Maska Road Islamic School teaches Hadith excerpts in a classroom in Kaduna, July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney)

U.S. says millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013

By Reuters Staff
July 29, 2014
(Christians set up tent shelters at Raikia village, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa August 31, 2008. Thousands of people, most of them Christians, have sought shelter in makeshift government camps in eastern India, driven from their homes by religious violence which has killed at least 13 people this week. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal)

(Christians set up tent shelters at Raikia village, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa August 31, 2008. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal)