For first time since war, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ghost town

January 6, 2016
A man holds a cross after swimmers plunged into the sea to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations for the first time in decades, at Famagusta, Cyprus January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

(A man holds a cross after swimmers plunged into the sea to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations for the first time in decades, at Famagusta, Cyprus January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou)

Vatican newspaper denounces ‘woeful’ Charlie Hebdo cover

January 6, 2016
A man takes a copy of the latest edition of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo with the title "One year on, The assassin still on the run" displayed at a kiosk in Nice, France, January 6, 2016.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

(A man takes a copy of the latest edition of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo with the title “One year on, The assassin still on the run” displayed at a kiosk in Nice, France, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

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How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric’s execution

January 6, 2016

Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016. The sign reads in Urdu, "Protest, Protest, Protest, we condemn the martyring of Ayatullah Shaikh Baqar al-Nimr and other Muslims, and demand human rights organisations take notice of the inhuman incident and bring fact-finding to the public". REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro  - RTX20S7T

Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Shaman rituals in Siberia | The Wider Image

January 5, 2016

shamanIn the Tuva region of southern Siberia, an area inhabited by historically cattle-herding nomads, people consult local shamans to find out more about their destiny or address medical and other problems.

Saudi executions driven by fear of Sunni militancy, signal combative policy

January 5, 2016
Protesters holding poster of Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr protest against his execution by Saudi authorities in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

(Protesters holding poster of Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr protest against his execution by Saudi authorities in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

Living in the city of the dead | The Wider Image

January 5, 2016

 

cairocem1In a sprawling Cairo neighbourhood known as the City of the Dead, life and death are side by side. Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of the capital estimated at 20 million, thousands of people count themselves lucky to call Cairo Necropolis home.

Cuba’s Santeria priests predict explosive migration and social unrest in 2016

January 4, 2016
Cuban Babalawo Ifa Iwori Bofun, Lazaro Cuesta (R), sits next to babalawos Guillermo Diago (C) and Victor Betancourt as Cuesta addresses the media during a news conference in Havana in this January 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

(Cuban Babalawo Ifa Iwori Bofun, Lazaro Cuesta (R), sits next to babalawos Guillermo Diago (C) and Victor Betancourt as Cuesta addresses the media during a news conference in Havana in this January 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa)

Executed Saudi preacher gave voice to anger of Shi’ite minority

January 4, 2016
A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

(A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

Media should give more space to good news, Pope Francis says after grim year

January 4, 2016
Pope Francis leads the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis leads vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Ukraine debates whether to celebrate Christmas twice

January 4, 2016
People walk past Christmas trees near the Bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in central Kiev, Ukraine, December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

(People walk past Christmas trees near the Bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in central Kiev, Ukraine, December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)