Sisters in the vanguard as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood battles to survive

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi walk in the rain during a protest at Al-Haram street, in Cairo December 13, 2013. With many of its male members jailed, Egypt's besieged Muslim Brotherhood is calling up an unlikely reserve force against the army-backed government in the conservative Arab country. At more and more protests, female members of the Islamist movement can be seen taking on security forces mounting one of their fiercest crackdowns against the group. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi walk in the rain during a protest at Al-Haram street, in Cairo December 13, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer)

Factbox: Turkish government’s battle with U.S.-based Muslim cleric Gülen

December 16, 2014
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(Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanli (C), escorted by plainclothes police officers, is cheered on by his colleagues as he leaves the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

U.S. asks Vatican for help finding solution for Guantanamo inmates

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(Activists wearing orange jumpsuits mark the 100th day of prisoners' hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay during a protest in front of the White House in Washington May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(Activists wearing orange jumpsuits mark the 100th day of prisoners’ hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay during a protest in front of the White House in Washington May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Sydney siege sparks “I’ll ride with you” campaign for worried Muslims

By Reuters Staff
December 16, 2014
(Members of the Australian Muslim community place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe, where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney December 16, 2014. Heavily armed Australian police stormed the Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed. REUTERS/David Gray)

(Members of the Australian Muslim community place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe, where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney December 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray)

Chancellor Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support

December 15, 2014
(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden December 8, 2014. Opponents of Germany's policy towards asylum seekers and Islam took part in the protest in the eastern German town on Monday. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, in Dresden December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Turkish police raid media close to Muslim cleric Gulen, detain 24

December 14, 2014
(A Zaman media group journalist holds a banner as he stands outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. Turkish police raided a television station and a newspaper close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Sunday, detaining some people, media reports said, two days after President Tayyip Erdogan signalled a fresh campaign against Gulen's supporters. A crowd chanted at the Istanbul offices of newspaper Zaman as editor Ekrem Dumanli made a speech to them broadcast live on television, defiantly calling on police to detain him.REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

(A Zaman media group journalist holds a banner as he stands outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Pope Francis turns out not to have made “pets in heaven” comment

December 14, 2014
(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Israeli settlements squeeze religious tourism in Palestinian areas, officials say

December 12, 2014
(People gather after lighting a Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 6, 2014. REUTERS/ Mussa Qawasma)

(People gather after lighting a Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 6, 2014. REUTERS/ Mussa Qawasma)

China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2014
(Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. Security remains heavy in ethnic Uighur neighbourhoods of Xinjiang regional capital Urumqi after riots on July 5 between the Muslim Uighur minority and majority Han Chinese wounded more than 1,600. The official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday that 192 people were killed in the riots, and that around 1,000 people have been detained. REUTERS/David Gray)

(Ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese Muslims pray together during Friday prayers at Yang Hang mosque in the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 17, 2009. SREUTERS/David Gray)

Kentucky drops tax incentives for planned Noah’s Ark theme park

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2014
(Visitors look over an exhibit of Noah's Ark at the new Creation Museum during a special viewing of the museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, May 26, 2007. Like many modern museums, the newest U.S. tourist attraction includes some awesome exhibits -- roaring dinosaurs and a life-sized ship. But only at the Creation Museum in Kentucky do the dinosaurs sail on the ship -- Noah's Ark, to be precise. REUTERS/John Sommers)

(Visitors look over an exhibit of Noah’s Ark at the new Creation Museum during a special viewing of the museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, May 26, 2007. REUTERS/John Sommers)