Israel approves mixed-sex Jewish prayer site at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

January 31, 2016
Members of activist group "Women of the Wall" speak to the media following the Israeli government's approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem's Western Wall to accommodate Jews who contest Orthodox curbs on worship by women at the site, in Jerusalem's Old City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

( “Women of the Wall” speak to the media following the Israeli government’s approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem’s Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

Pakistani cleric says he’s willing to review disputed blasphemy law

January 31, 2016
Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, speaks with a Reuters correspondent in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

(Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman of Council of Islamic Ideology that advises the government on the compatibility of laws with Islam, in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

Rome hosts large rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption

January 30, 2016
Priests shouts slogans during a rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption in Rome, Italy January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Priests shouts slogans during a rally against same-sex unions and gay adoption in Rome, Italy January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Thailand’s ‘child angels’ | The Wider Image

January 30, 2016

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A craze for lifelike dolls thought to bring good luck is sweeping Thailand, reflecting widespread anxiety as the economy struggles and political uncertainty persists nearly two years after a coup.

German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx

January 30, 2016
Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative "Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue", plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

(Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative “Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue”, plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Indonesia evacuates hundreds of members of sect after clashes

January 30, 2016
Indonesian Navy personnel help a child from the Gafatar sect disembark from the KRI Teluk Banten naval ship after it transported more than 700 members from West Kalimantan province  to Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta  January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

(Indonesian Navy personnel help a child from the Gafatar sect disembark after more than 700 members were evacuated from West Kalimantan province to Jakarta January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Anger grows in Italy over covering nudes for Iran’s Rouhani

January 30, 2016
Iran President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves next to Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) during his visit at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Iran President Hassan Rouhani (C) waves next to Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (R) during his visit at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Indonesia province bans Ahmadiyah from spreading minority Islamic sect

January 26, 2016
(A village on Bangka island

(A village on Bangka island, Nov 4, 2011/Taman Renyah)

A tiny Indonesian province has banned a minority Islamic sect from conducting religious activities, a move activists say raises concerns over intolerance in the Muslim-majority nation.

Philippine Muslim rebels concerned at rising Islamist radicalism among young

January 26, 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 rebels at a guard post at Camp Darapanan rebel base in Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines March 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro)

Pope Francis asks Protestants for forgiveness for past persecution

January 26, 2016
File photo of Pope Francis talking during his visit to the Lutheran church in Rome, November 15, 2015.   REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis during a visit to the Lutheran church in Rome, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)