Ultra-orthodox Jews forced from Guatemala village after local opposition

By Reuters Staff
August 29, 2014
(A young member of a Jewish community looks back while walking towards a bus as he and fellow members prepare to leave the village of San Juan La Laguna August 29, 2014. A few months after moving from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala to find religious freedom, a group of ultra orthodox Jews have been forced out of their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers. The Lev Tahor community packed its bags on Friday in San Juan la Laguna around 150 km (93 miles) west of Guatemala City, to board buses bound for the capital after weeks of friction with sections of the local population. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez)

(A young member of a Jewish community looks back while walking towards a bus as he and fellow members prepare to leave the village of San Juan La Laguna August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez)

Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

August 29, 2014
(The Cologne cathedral is pictured October 16, 2005. WORLD CUP 2006 PREVIEW CITYSCAPE REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

(The Cologne cathedral,  October 16, 2005. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/)

A change in Germany’s capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay the money.

One Iraq villager’s refusal to convert triggered Islamic State mass killings

By Reuters Staff
August 25, 2014
(A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria August 17, 2014. Proclaiming a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State militants have swept across northern Iraq, pushing back Kurdish regional forces and driving tens of thousands of Christians and members of the Yazidi religious minority from their homes. Picture taken August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said )

(A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said)

Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

August 25, 2014
(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. Hana started wearing her headscarf full time aged 12. She was already wearing it at school and her family supported her so it was easy for her to make the decision. She says if felt like nothing had changed except her relationship with God. Reuters photographer Olivia Harris took portraits of a range of Muslim women in Britain and asked them why they chose to wear a hijab or veil. Picture taken June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

(Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris)

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti denounces Islamic State group as un-Islamic

By Reuters Staff
August 25, 2014
(Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom's grand mufti, prays during the funeral of the Saudi woman and her daughter who were killed in Chad, at the Grand Mosque in Riyadh February 6, 2008. A bomb attack on the residence of the Saudi ambassador to Chad killed the wife and daughter of an embassy employee taking shelter from the fighting between the government and rebel forces. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

(Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom’s grand mufti at the Grand Mosque in Riyadh February 6, 2008. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)

China punishes Xinjiang official for openly practising faith

By Reuters Staff
August 25, 2014
(A Muslim Uighur man prays at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in the southwestern part of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, September 17, 2003. China has been carrying out patriotic re-education in mosques in order to suppress separatism. The Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur separatists have been fighting for the past 150 years for an independent East Turkestan homeland in southern Xinjiang. The Id Kah Mosque has been established for more than 500 years and is the biggest in China. Picture taken September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Andrew Wong )

(A Muslim Uighur man prays at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Andrew Wong)

from Photographers' Blog:

Brief encounter with a fleeing Yazidi

By Youssef Boudlal
August 22, 2014

Fishkhabour, Iraq

By Youssef Boudlal

I remember the scene well. It was the day that I arrived at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing of Fishkhabour.

from Jack Shafer:

The Islamic State buys itself a day of horror, little else, by killing James Foley

By Jack Shafer
August 20, 2014

By uploading a video of its execution of journalist James Foley to the Web on Tuesday, the Islamic State achieves the impossible: It re-executes him every time somebody presses play.

Pope Francis says it’s legitimate for world to stop Islamist aggression in Iraq

August 19, 2014
(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. The pope began his five-day trip to South Korea on Thursday. The main purpose of the trip is to preside at the gathering of Asian Catholic youth and beatify 124 people killed for their faith in the 18th century. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

(Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with Asian youths at the Solmoe Shrine in Dangjin August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool )

from Photographers' Blog:

From central banker to Islamic king

August 15, 2014

Kano, Nigeria

By Joe Penney

Last year Lamido Sanusi wore pin stripe suits and a colorful array of bow ties to work, and his job consisted mostly of managing interest rates and keeping inflation under control.