India’s Sabarimala temple defends ban on woman under court scrutiny

January 12, 2016
Hindu pilgrims queue outside the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity "Ayappa", about 70 kms (43 miles) west of the town Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15, 2003. REUTERS/Dipak Kumar/Files

(Hindu pilgrims queue outside the Sabarimala Temple to offer prayers to the Hindu deity “Ayappa”, about 70 kms (43 miles) west of the town Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15,
2003. REUTERS/Dipak Kumar)

Head of Marseille Jews urges them not to wear kippas after attack

January 12, 2016
Pro-Israel demonstrators take part in a demonstration called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE) - RTR23DLX

(Pro-Israel demonstrator wears kippa with Star of David in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)

Korean-American detained in North Korea was pastor – defector

January 12, 2016
People take part in mass rallies held across the country vowing to carry out tasks set forth by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 8, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA

(People take part in mass rally in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)  on January 8, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA)

Philippines says southern rebels not linked to Islamic State

January 12, 2016
Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) rebels take up position at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015. The trust that the largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines has in the government has been eroded by a clash in January in which 44 police commandos and 18 rebels were killed, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrilla group Al Haj Ebrahim Murad told Reuters in an interview this week. Picture taken March 12, 2015. To match Interview PHILIPPINES-REBELS/   REUTERS/Erik De Castro  (PHILIPPINES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4TBF3

(Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) rebels  at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro) 

Tattoos, faith and caste in India | The Wider Image

January 12, 2016
Mahettar Ram Tandon, 76, a follower of Ramnami Samaj, who has tattooed the name of the Hindu god Ram on his full body, poses for a picture inside his house in the village of Jamgahan, in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, India, November 17, 2015. "It was my new birth the day I started having the tattoos," Tandon said. "The old me had died." "The young generation just don't feel good about having tattoos on their whole body," he added. "That doesn't mean they don't follow the faith." REUTERS/Adnan Abidi  PICTURE 9 OF 31 - SEARCH "RAMNAMI" FOR ALL IMAGES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2205I

(Mahettar Ram Tandon, 76, poses  in the village of Jamgahan, in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, India, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

Turkey unsettled by ‘anti-Islamic’ messages in U.S. presidency race: minister

January 11, 2016

  Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu takes part in an international conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome December 13, 2015. REUTERS/MANDEL NGAN/POOL

(Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu takes part in an international conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan) 

As Anglicans meet, Archbishop Welby says schism would be failure

January 11, 2016
An Anglican Primate (R)  and a member of the communion office chat outside Canterbury Cathedral which is hosting the Primates of the Anglican Church meeting, in Canterbury, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

(An Anglican Primate (R) and a member of the communion office chat outside Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

Pope Francis says Europe can rise to challenge of integrating migrants

January 11, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during a baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis speaks during a baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

On Benin’s voodoo holiday, followers pray and sacrifice for peace

January 11, 2016
A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX21RJQ

(A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye) 

In new book, Pope Francis explains vision of compassionate Catholic Church

January 10, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

(Pope Francis speaks during a mass on New Year’s Day at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)