Air France allows crew to avoid Tehran route after headscarf row

April 5, 2016
An Air France staff member waits at a check-in counter at the Marseille-Provence airport September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(An Air France staff member waits at a check-in counter at the Marseille-Provence airport September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Czechs to return Iraqi Christians who tried to move to Germany, interior minister says

April 5, 2016
Demonstrators hold national flags and banners during an anti-immigrants rally in front of the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, February 6, 2016. The sign reads " Stop Islam, stop migrants, this is our country".   REUTERS/David W Cerny - RTX25QSX

(An anti-immigrants rally in front of the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, February 6, 2016. The sign reads ” Stop Islam, stop migrants, this is our country”. REUTERS/David W Cerny)

Can imams drive action on climate change in Pakistan?

March 31, 2016
(A man says a prayer from outside the window of the shrine of Bari Imam on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Caren Firouz)

(A man says a prayer from outside the window of the shrine of Bari Imam on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Caren Firouz)

Palmyra’s dynamited Temple of Bel can be restored, de-miners use robots

March 31, 2016
Columns and the ancient Temple of Bel are seen in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria, June 11, 2009. Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and other activists said on August 30, 2015 that Islamic State had destroyed part of the more than 2,000-year-old temple, one of Palmyra's most important monuments. Picture taken June 11, 2009.   REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino - RTX1QLE5

(Columns and the ancient Temple of Bel are seen in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria, June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino)

Second Peruvian bishop weighs in on elections, knocks frontrunner

March 31, 2016
Peru's presidential candidate Alfredo Barnechea of 'Accion Popular' party attends a conference about gas in Lima, Peru, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

(Peru’s presidential candidate Alfredo Barnechea of ‘Accion Popular’ party attends a conference about gas in Lima, Peru, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo)

Visits to Berlin’s Islamic Museum restore pride in Syrian refugees

March 31, 2016
(The Aleppo room, one of

(The Aleppo Room from 1600-1601, one of the examples of Arab wall panels in Berlin’s Musuem of Islamic Art, photographed on 22 August 2013 by Jean-Pierra Dalbera)

French women’s minister under fire for linking Muslim veil-wearing to slavery

March 31, 2016
French Minister for the Family, Children and Women's Rights Laurence Rossignol delivers a speech during the launching of the High Council for Equality between Women and Men (HCEfh) on International Women's Day at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Samson/Pool

(French Minister for the Family, Children and Women’s Rights Laurence Rossignol speaks on International Women’s Day at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Samson)

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Assad’s ‘good deeds’ in Syria can’t go unpunished

March 31, 2016

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015, purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media

An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015, purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media

Philippine Catholic bishops voice alarm over gambling after $81-million heist

March 29, 2016
Casino dealer trainees practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. The Philippines has emerged as one of Asia's hottest gambling hubs after it launched its 120-hectare (1.2 square km) gaming and leisure enclave called Entertainment City in the capital, modelled on the Las Vegas strip. When paying your final respects for a relative or friend, the last thing you might expect to see at the wake is people placing bets on a card game or bingo. Not in the Philippines. Filipinos, like many Asians, love their gambling. But making wagers on games such as "sakla", the local version of Spanish tarot cards, is particularly common at wakes because the family of the deceased gets a share of the winnings to help cover funeral expenses. Authorities have sought to regulate betting but illegal games persist, with men and women, rich and poor, betting on anything from cockfighting to the Basque hard-rubber ball game of jai-alai, basketball to spider races. Many told Reuters photographer Erik De Castro that gambling is only an entertaining diversion in a country where two-fifths of the population live on $2 a day. But he found that some gamble every day. Casino security personnel told of customers begging to be banned from the premises, while a financier who lends gamblers money at high interest described the dozens of vehicles and wads of land titles given as collateral by those hoping lady luck would bring them riches.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro  PICTURE 12 OF 29 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "HIGH STAKES IN MANILA". SEARCH "BINGO ERIK" FOR ALL IMAGES. - RTX1HP9C

(Casino dealer trainees practise on a roulette table inside Solaire Casino in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Iran’s answer to pop stars: religious singers serenade Syria war

March 29, 2016
A handout picture shows religious singer Hamid Reza Alimi posing with a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah while on a trip to Syria in this undated photo courtesy of parsine.com. REUTERS/parsine.com/Handout via Reuters

(Religious singer Hamid Reza Alimi posing with a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah while on a trip to Syria in this undated photo courtesy of parsine.com. REUTERS/parsine.com)