New app helps young Iranians avoid Islamic Republic’s ‘morality police’

February 13, 2016
Morality police take down the name of a detained woman during a crackdown on "social corruption" in north Tehran in this June 18, 2008 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files

(Morality police take down the name of a detained woman during a crackdown on “social corruption” in north Tehran in this June 18, 2008 file photo. REUTERS)

Putin may benefit from Cuba meeting of pope and patriarch

February 13, 2016
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity. Picture taken February 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Kremlin/Files (RUSSIA  - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3G5T6

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev)

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

February 13, 2016
Pope Francis (R) looks at Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their meeting in Havana, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY          - RTX26PAM

(Pope Francis (R) looks at Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their meeting in Havana, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Nigeria’s restive north | The Wider Image

February 11, 2016

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Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria’s most prominent Shi’ite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria.

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There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

February 11, 2016

Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement  Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig January 21, 2015. The weekly PEGIDA demonstrations began last October as a local protest against the building of new shelters for refugees, and have been growing in size. Counter-marches have taken place across Germany, with far larger numbers, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the group in unusually strong language as racists "with hatred in their hearts." PEGIDA leaders deny they are racist and say they distinguish between the secular majority among Germany's 4 million Muslims and those trying to spread Muslim values.           REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) march past anti-LEGIDA protestors (top R) during a demonstration in Leipzig, January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Decrying graft, Pope Francis to tour poor, violent corners of Mexico

February 9, 2016
People walks past a banner with a photo of Pope Francis outside a store before of his visit to Mexico City, Mexico February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTX25WI9

(People walks past a banner with a photo of Pope Francis outside a store before of his visit to Mexico City, Mexico February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero )

Professor who said Christians, Muslims worship same God to leave U.S. evangelical college

February 9, 2016
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(Blanchard Hall at Wheaton College, May 2007/Liscobeck)

A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night.

Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across Europe

February 9, 2016
Activists against migrants shout slogans as they participate in a protest organized by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA, in Calais, France, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RTX25QPS

(Activists against migrants shout slogans as they participate in a protest organized by the anti-Islam group PEGIDA, in Calais, France, February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)

Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from Catholic sex abuse commission

February 9, 2016
Peter Saunders talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Peter Saunders talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to hold historic meeting in Cuba

February 5, 2016
Pope Francis holds a skullcap given to him by a faithful as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis holds a skullcap given to him as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)