German carnival drops Charlie Hebdo-inspired float after Paris attack

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
(A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former U.S. spy agency NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) take parts in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf March 3, 2014. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(German carnival parades are known for their political floats – here is one with caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) in the Duesseldorf Rose Monday parade on March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

Wife of flogged Saudi blogger Raif Badawi says his health is worsening

February 2, 2015
(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. Ensaf Haidar, the wife of a Saudi rights activist, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year, said Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not possibly survive the full punishment. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
(Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women's Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 30, 2015. The first mosque in the United States to be solely dedicated to women launched with a women-led prayer service. REUTERS/Lori Shepler)

(Nia Malika Dixon opens up the prayer service at the Women’s Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles, California January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Lori Shepler)

Iceland to build its first temple to the Norse gods in 1,000 years

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
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(Thor and the jötunn Hymir in an 18th century Icelandic manuscript/Jakob Sigurðsson)

Pope Francis and Eritrean Catholic priest among Nobel Peace nominees

February 2, 2015
(he front of the Nobel medal awarded to this year's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is seen in this picture taken December 8, 2010. Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in an Oslo ceremony derided by Beijing as a farce, and dedicated it from his prison cell to the "lost souls" of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Picture taken December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Berit Roald/)

(he front of the Nobel medal awarded to the 2010  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, in Oslo on December 8, 2010. REUTERS/Berit Roald)

Hundreds of thousands protest in Chechnya against Mohammad cartoons

By Reuters Staff
January 19, 2015
(People attend a rally to protest against satirical cartoons of prophet Mohammad, in Grozny, Chechnya January 19, 2015. Tens of thousands of people staged the rally on Monday in Chechnya against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the prophet, which the predominantly Muslim region's leader denounced as "vulgar and immoral". Seen in the background is the Heart of Chechnyamosque. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko )

(People attend a rally to protest against satirical cartoons of prophet Mohammad, in Grozny, Chechnya January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko)

Turkish PM Davutoglu says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

January 18, 2015
(Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul January 16, 2015. Davutoglu said on Friday the Syrian city of Aleppo must be protected from bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad's forces before Turkey would consider stepping up its role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

(Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Belgian radical Islamists on margins among hometown Muslims

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2015
(Belgian police investigators inspect the entrance of an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 16, 2015. Belgian police were questioning 13 suspects on Friday detained during raids against an Islamist group they feared planned to attack police and two other people were held in France, state prosecutors said. A spokesman told a news conference there was still no apparent link to last week's Islamist attacks in Paris and the identities of two gunmen killed during one of the raids on Thursday, in the eastern town of Verviers, had yet to be confirmed. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

(Belgian police investigators inspect the entrance of an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Austria mulls quitting Saudi-backed KAICIID religious centre in Vienna

January 18, 2015
(Guests of honour, KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Abdulrahmen bin Muaammar, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Abdullah Al Turki, President of the Islamic League, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, Spanish Foreign Minister Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil and Cardinal Jean-Luis Tauran (L-R) listen, during the opening ceremony of the 'King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue' (KAICIID) in Vienna November 26, 2012. The Saudi-backed centre for worldwide interfaith dialogue will officially open on Monday evening. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

(Guests of honour, KAICIID Secretary General Faisal Abdulrahmen bin Muaammar, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Abdullah Al Turki, President of the Islamic League, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, Spanish Foreign Minister Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil and Cardinal Jean-Luis Tauran (L-R) listen, during the opening ceremony of the ‘King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue’ (KAICIID) in Vienna November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

Netanyahu eyes Asian markets, cites anti-Israel mood in Europe

January 18, 2015
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem January 18, 2015. Netanyahu said on Sunday a wave of anti-Semitism and what he called "Islamisation" in Western Europe are factors in a Jewish state push to expand trade with Asia. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool)

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool)