On Benin’s voodoo holiday, followers pray and sacrifice for peace

January 11, 2016
A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX21RJQ

(A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye) 

In new book, Pope Francis explains vision of compassionate Catholic Church

January 10, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

(Pope Francis speaks during a mass on New Year’s Day at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Egypt minister suggests uprising anniversary protests would violate Islamic law

January 9, 2016
(Egyptians celebrate near Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011 after protests swept Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak from power. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)

(Egyptians celebrate near Tahrir Square in Cairo February 11, 2011 after protests swept Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak from power. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)

Demand for reprint of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ overwhelms German publisher

January 9, 2016
A copy of the book 'Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition' is displayed for media prior to a news conference in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016.   REUTERS/Michael Dalder

(A copy of  “Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition” is displayed for media prior to a news conference in Munich, Germany January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

Italian interior minister says surrogacy should be treated like a sex crime

January 6, 2016
Italy's Interior Minister and leader of New Center Right party Angelino Alfano talks to reporters at the end of the consultations with Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi (not seen) at the Parliament in Rome February 18, 2014. Renzi began the delicate task of trying to form a new government on Tuesday, facing questions about how he will fill key ministerial posts and the details of his ambitious reform agenda.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX192J1

(Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano  at the parliament in Rome, February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Sayings of executed Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr

January 6, 2016
Shi'ite Muslims living in Greece hold pictures of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and shout slogans during a demonstration against his execution in Saudi Arabia, outside the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Athens, Greece, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX219TK

(Shi’ite Muslims in Greece hold pictures of Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and shout slogans during a demonstration against his execution, outside the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Athens, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

A year after ‘Je suis Charlie’, a divided France struggles

January 6, 2016
People hold panels to create an image depicting the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as "Charb", as hundreds of thousands of French citizens take part in a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris, in this January 11, 2015 file picture.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

(People hold up an image depicting the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as “Charb”, as hundreds of thousands of French take part in a solidarity march in Paris, in this January 11, 2015 file picture. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Saudi execution exposes dangerous political and religious divisions

January 6, 2016
Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, at Imam Hussein square in Tehran January 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, at Imam Hussein square in Tehran January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/

Northern Irish Christian preacher cleared over anti-Islamic remarks

January 6, 2016
Evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell leaves Laganside court after he was found not guilty of 'grossly offensive' remarks about Islam, Belfast January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton - RTX213HE

(Evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell leaves Laganside court after he was found not guilty of ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam, Belfast January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

For first time since war, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ghost town

January 6, 2016
A man holds a cross after swimmers plunged into the sea to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations for the first time in decades, at Famagusta, Cyprus January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

(A man holds a cross after swimmers plunged into the sea to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations for the first time in decades, at Famagusta, Cyprus January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou)