Bid to revive Miss Iraq pageant draws ire of hardline Muslim clerics, tribal leaders

By Reuters Staff
September 28, 2015
(Miss Iraq 1972)

(Wijdan Burhan al-Deen, Miss Iraq 1972/Mesopotamian1)

The first internationally-recognised Miss Iraq beauty contest in more than 40 years was supposed to present a gentler, softer side to a country whose name has become synonymous with violence and bloodshed.

Pope of the people, and the politics, in historic U.S. visit

September 28, 2015
(Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

(Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

At U.N., Iran’s President Rouhani calls for investigation into deadly haj crush

September 27, 2015
(The bodies of Muslim pilgrims are seen following a crush caused by large numbers of people pushing at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca September 24, 2015. The death toll from a stampede during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Thursday has risen to 453 people of various nationalities, the Saudi civil defence said. REUTERS/Stringer)

(The bodies of Muslim pilgrims are seen following a crush caused by large numbers of people pushing at Mina, outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

India’s Narendra Modi prises Gandhi family legacy from heirs

By Reuters Staff
September 27, 2015
(A visitor stands next to a portrait of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inside the Nehru memorial museum and library in New Delhi, India, September 24, 2015. A stately New Delhi mansion, once home to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and now a museum to his life, has emerged as a flashpoint in the growing ideological war between his heirs and the Hindu nationalist government. Picture taken September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

(A visitor stands next to a portrait of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inside the Nehru memorial museum and library in New Delhi, India, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee)

In America’s birthplace, Pope Francis gives pep talk to immigrants

September 27, 2015
(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

Majority of Americans support Pope Francis’s call for action on climate: poll

September 26, 2015
(The U.S. flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York August 28, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia September 22-27. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

(The U.S. flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Dalai Lama cancels October U.S. visit on doctors’ advice

September 26, 2015
(Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks during a news conference at Magdalene College in Oxford, Britain September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

(Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks at Magdalene College in Oxford, Britain September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

‘Wake Up!’ album mixes Pope Francis speeches with spiced-up hymns

By Reuters Staff
September 26, 2015
(Pope Francis sings as he attend a meeting of Renewal of the Holy Spirit organization at the Olympic stadium in Rome June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

(Pope Francis sings as he attend a meeting of Renewal of the Holy Spirit organization at the Olympic stadium in Rome June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

At U.N., Pope Francis condemns “boundless thirst” for wealth and power

September 26, 2015
(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Islam’s pilgrims pray for peace in Muslim countries wracked by war

September 25, 2015
(Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

(Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)