Hungary drops plans for statue of WW2 politician decried as anti-Semite

December 19, 2015
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(Bálint Hóman, about 1930)

Hungary has scrapped plans to erect a statue of Balint Homan, a former World War Two government minister who supported anti-Semitism in Hungary in the 1930s and 40s, after protests from Jewish leaders.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be made a Catholic saint

December 19, 2015
An image of Mother Teresa is seen on a candle used on Teresa's tomb during a special mass service in Kolkata, India, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

(An image of Mother Teresa is seen on a candle used on Teresa’s tomb during a special mass service in Kolkata, India, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)

Assad makes rare visit to church in Damascus frontline area

December 19, 2015
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

(Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin)

North Korea sentences Canadian pastor to hard labor for life

December 16, 2015
South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 16, 2015. North Korea's highest court has sentenced the South Korea-born Canadian pastor to hard labor for life for subversion, China's official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Hyeon has been held by North Korea since February. He had appeared on North Korean state media earlier this year confessing to crimes against the state. REUTERS/KCNA    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1YXZF

(South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 16, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA)

German TV helps Muslim refugees understand secular law, religious freedom

December 16, 2015
A volunteer conducts German language lessons for migrants inside an improvised shelter at a sports hall in Hanau, Germany, September 24, 2015. When the flood of Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe finally ebbs and asylum-seekers settle down in their new homes, Germany could unexpectedly find itself housing the continent's largest Muslim minority. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach - RTX1S99V

(A volunteer conducts German language lessons for Arabic-speaking migrants inside an improvised shelter at a sports hall in Hanau, Germany, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Salvation is free, pope says, warning against Holy Year fraudsters

December 16, 2015
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Church spires and skyscrapers in London’s City | The Wider Image

December 16, 2015
By Toby

(Photos by Toby Melville)

London’s skyline never stands still. The City of London, as the largest financial centre in Europe, is no exception. Cranes pepper the horizon and buildings shoot skywards.

Pope Francis urges countries to review migration laws to help refugees

December 15, 2015
Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism

December 15, 2015
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir attends a news conference at a hotel in Paris, France, December 15, 2015, where he said their Islamic anti-terror alliance will share information and train, equip and provide forces if necessary for the fight against Islamic State.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen  - RTX1YSOK

(Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir attends a news conference at a hotel in Paris, France, December 15, 2015, where he said their Islamic anti-terror alliance will share information and train, equip and provide forces if necessary for the fight against Islamic State. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen)