Czech home owners find Jewish belongings from WWII

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2014
(Prague Rabbi Karol Sidon stands deep in thought prior to a commemoration ceremony held in the Terezin ghettos to honor Holocaust victims, April 23. On the right are the extermination ovens.)

(Prague Rabbi Karol Sidon stands deep in thought prior to a commemoration ceremony held in the Terezin ghettos to honor Holocaust victims, April 23. On the right are the extermination ovens. 23 April 1998/REUTERS)

Psychologist who helped devise CIA interrogation program lost Mormon role

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2014
(A group of Mormon women walk to Temple Square in an attempt to get tickets to the priesthood meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semi-annual gathering known as general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. The group, who want ecclesiastical equality with men, seeked admittance to a male-only session of the faith's spring conference on Saturday, as they promote the ordination of women into the lay priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

(A group of Mormon women walk to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

Islamic State extremists top Religion Newswriters’ 2014 Religion Stories of the Year

By Guest Contributor
December 11, 2014
(A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

(A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer)

Shi’ite pilgrims flock to Iraq holy city, government fears attack

By Reuters Staff
December 10, 2014
(A police officer stands guard as Shi'ite pilgrims make their way to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shi'ite ritual of Arbaeen, in Baghdad, December 10, 2014. Arbaeen falls 40 days after the holy day of Ashura. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

(A police officer stands guard as Shi’ite pilgrims make their way to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shi’ite ritual of Arbaeen, in Baghdad, December 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

Holocaust survivors’ descendants help keep memory alive in new book

December 10, 2014
(The sign "Arbeit macht frei" (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 to remember those who died during the Nazi organised genocide during World War Two that cost the lives of millions of Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals and opponents to Germany's fascist regime and its collaborators. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(The sign “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Poland’s top court says ban on kosher slaughter unconstitutional

By Reuters Staff
December 10, 2014
(A slaughterer works with beef carcasses at the Biernacki Meat Plant slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin, western Poland July 17, 2013. The abattoir in this small town in western Poland has a special dormitory to house the more than 30 Jewish men designated by Israel's chief rabbi to oversee the production of kosher beef there. Poland exports 90 percent of its beef, a third of which was kosher or halal worth some 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion). But this booming industry has ground to a halt because, after a campaign by animal rights activists who say the method of slaughter is cruel, Poland's constitutional court banned the practice and this month its parliament rejected an amendment that would have allowed the slaughter to resume. Picture taken July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(A slaughterer works with beef carcasses at a  kosher slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin, western Poland that produced kosher beef until the ban, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Indian opposition politicians criticize conversion of Muslims

December 10, 2014
(Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra October 6, 2014. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by the sacrificial killing of sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers in front of the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Governments turn up the heat on atheists: report

December 10, 2014
(British author Richard Dawkins, who wrote The God Delusion, stands on a bus at the launch of an atheist advertising campaign, in London January 6, 2009. The UK's first atheist advertising campaign, the Atheist Bus Campaign, launched on Tuesday. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

(British author Richard Dawkins, who wrote The God Delusion, stands on an “atheist bus” at the launch of an atheist advertising campaign, in London January 6, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

from Photographers' Blog:

The Disappeared

December 10, 2014

Crossmaglen, United Kingdom

By Cathal McNaughton

I've been aware of the story of the "Disappeared" most of my life. In fact, I grew up with it.

Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State’s success

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2014
(An Afghan man heads home walking through a dust cloud as the sun sets in Kabul December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)

(An Afghan man heads home walking through a dust cloud as the sun sets in Kabul December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)