Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves

January 4, 2016
Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files

(Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files)

Seized documents reveal Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’

January 4, 2016
Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in Marchmarin town, southern countryside of Idlib, Syria in this December 16, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

(Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in Marchmarin town, southern countryside of Idlib, Syria in this December 16, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

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The ‘marriage of convenience’ between Saddam Hussein’s men and Islamic State

January 4, 2016

Shi'ite fighters ride vehicles in Baiji, north of Baghdad, October 16, 2015. Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia fighters recaptured most of the country’s largest oil refinery from Islamic State militants on Thursday, security officials said. The report could not be independently confirmed because it is too dangerous for journalists to enter the battle zone around the refinery near the town of Baiji, about 190 km (120 miles) north of Baghdad.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani  - RTS4SKI

Shi'ite fighters ride vehicles in Baiji, north of Baghdad, October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Moses’ mountain by night | The Wider Image

December 28, 2015
Tourists watch the sunrise and pray outside a church on the summit of Mount Moses, near the city of Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Egypt, December 9, 2015. According to the Bible the mountain is where Moses received the ten commandments from God. Picture taken December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX1Z891

(Tourists watch the sunrise and pray outside a church on the summit of Mount Moses, near the city of Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Egypt, December 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Iran’s Rouhani says it’s up to Muslims to correct Islam’s image

December 28, 2015
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves after he registered for February's election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at the Interior Ministry in Tehran December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

(Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves after he registered for February’s election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at the Interior Ministry in Tehran December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi)

Sombre Christmas for Iraq’s Christians under threat from Islamic State

December 28, 2015
Displaced Christian children who fled Islamic State carry gifts given to them at Zayuna camp in Baghdad December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

(Displaced Christian children who fled Islamic State carry gifts given to them at Zayuna camp in Baghdad December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily)

Queen Elizabeth focuses on Christian faith after year of ‘dark moments’

December 28, 2015
Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves after attending the Christmas Day service at church in Sandringham, eastern England, December 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

(Britain’s Queen Elizabeth leaves after attending the Christmas Day service at church in Sandringham, eastern England, December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

Islamic State sanctioned organ harvesting in document taken in U.S. raid

December 28, 2015
An Islamic State flag flies over the custom office of Syria's Jarablus border gate as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province, Turkey August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

An Islamic State flag flies over the custom office of Syria’s Jarablus border gate as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province, Turkey August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Pope Francis calls in Christmas message for unity against militant atrocities

December 28, 2015
Pope Francis waves during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis waves during the “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Christmas trees around the world | The Wider Image

December 23, 2015

The Christmas tree has a rich history, from evergreen trees to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship by pagan Europeans. The modern version has its origins in Germany, where the song “O Tannenbaum” is still a festive favourite.