In American mosques, growing safety concerns — and more armed guards

December 15, 2015
A Fairfax County police officer controls traffic as women make their way to the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia  just outside of Washington December 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

(A Fairfax County police officer controls traffic as women make their way to the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia just outside of Washington December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Italian police seize 3,500 fake parchments with papal blessings

December 15, 2015
The detail of an authentic papal blessing on parchment is pictured at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

(The detail of an authentic papal blessing on parchment is pictured at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Vatican must step up prosecutions of financial crimes: European watchdog

December 15, 2015
A general view of St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(A general view of St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis leads a mass to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Special Report: How Saddam’s men help Islamic State rule

December 11, 2015
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Picture taken June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3VIB1

)A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

For God and country: more U.S. pastors seek political office in 2016

December 11, 2015
Pastor Rob McCoy poses for Reuters at Thousand Oaks City Hall in Thousand Oaks, California November 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

(Pastor Rob McCoy poses for Reuters at Thousand Oaks City Hall in Thousand Oaks, California November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas)

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Badawi on hunger strike, wife says

December 11, 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. 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

Merkel’s party says burqa should not be worn in Germany

December 11, 2015
File picture shows visitors of the exhibition 'Burquoi' of Naneci Yurdaguel pictured through a burqa at the art gallery Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/Files

(Visitors of the exhibition ‘Burquoi’ of Naneci Yurdaguel pictured through a burqa at the art gallery Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski)

Vatican says Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should fight anti-Semitism

December 11, 2015
Cardinal Kurt Koch (R) and Rabbi David Rosen attend a news conference to present a major new document, that drew the Church further away from the strained relations of the past with Judaism, at the Vatican December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Cardinal Kurt Koch (R) and Rabbi David Rosen attend a news conference to present a major new document, that drew the Church further away from the strained relations of the past with Judaism, at the Vatican December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Hungarian Jews call on Orban to prevent planned statue for WW2 politician

December 10, 2015
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a news conference with Macedonia's Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Budapest, Hungary, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

(Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a news conference with Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in Budapest, Hungary, November 20, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)

California police open hate crime probe in vandalization of Sikh temple

December 10, 2015
Randhir Singh (C) prays at the Sikh Temple Gurdwara Sri Sachkand Sahib in Roseville, California, August 6, 2012. The gunman who killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a 40-year-old U.S. Army veteran and authorities said they were investigating possible links to white supremacist groups and his membership in a skinhead rock band. REUTERS/Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION CRIME LAW) - RTR36B4K

(Sikhs pray at the Sikh Temple Gurdwara Sri Sachkand Sahib in Roseville, California, August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Max Whittaker) woopsTED STATES – Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION CRIME LAW) – RTR36B4K