Amid wave of attacks, fear and loathing grip Jerusalem’s Old City

October 29, 2015
(A Palestinian woman walks past Abu Shukri's hummus restaurant in Jerusalem's Old City October 29, 2015. A month ago, you couldn't get a table in Abu Shukri's hummus restaurant. Tucked in a backstreet of the Old City, off the Via Dolorosa, the place has long been regarded as the best hummus joint in the Holy Land. But on October 2, yards from Abu Shukri's front door, a Palestinian law student stabbed and killed two Israelis, one of the first attacks in a wave of violence that has left 11 Israelis and 61 Palestinians, including 34 assailants, dead. To match ISRAELI-PALESTINIANS-JERUSALEM REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

(A Palestinian woman walks past Abu Shukri’s hummus restaurant in Jerusalem’s Old City October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

In Indonesia, minorities under threat from Muslim hardliners

October 29, 2015
(Indonesian civil service police members demolish a church at the Siompin village in Aceh Singkil, Aceh province, October 19, 2015. When a mob of Muslims swooped on a little church deep in rural Aceh in Indonesia this month, the local police were nowhere to be seen, although they had received warnings of a possible attack. In the wake of the attack, authorities gave in to the demands of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) group, and used sledgehammers and axes to demolish 10 other churches in the area that lacked proper permits. The raid, and the aftermath, reflect an increasingly militant attitude towards other faiths in Aceh, where Sharia law now requires non-Muslims to abide by rules forbidding extra-martial sex, homosexual relationships and public displays of affection. To match story INDONESIA-RELIGION/ Picture taken October 19, 2015. REUTERS/YT Haryono)

(Indonesian civil service police members demolish a church at the Siompin village in Aceh Singkil, Aceh province, October 19, 2015. REUTERS/YT Haryono)

Polish vote marks resurgence of conservative Catholic values

October 29, 2015
(Pilgrims celebrate the canonisation of Pope John Paul II near the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow April 27, 2014. Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims celebrating two 20th century giants of the Roman Catholic Church. REUTERS/Filip Klimaszewski)

(Pilgrims celebrate the canonisation of Pope John Paul II near the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow April 27, 2014. REUTERS/Filip Klimaszewski)

God actor Morgan Freeman seeks answers in Jerusalem

October 29, 2015
(Executive producer Morgan Freeman of the new drama series "Madam Secretary' participates in a panel during CBS network's portion of the 2014 Television Critics Association Cable Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian )

(Morgan Freeman in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian )

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize

October 29, 2015
(Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is seen in an undated portrait provided by Amnesty International. Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for insulting Islam and for cyber crime, was awarded the European Union's Sakharov prize for human rights and... REUTERS/AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY T)

(Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is seen in an undated portrait provided by Amnesty International)

Kabul University unlikely host for first Afghan women’s studies programme

October 26, 2015
(An Afghan woman speaks as they attend a class of the gender and women's studies masters program in Kabul University, Afghanistan October 19, 2015. A group of Afghan students gathered on the leafy campus of Kabul University this week to embark on an unlikely course - the country's first Master's degree in gender and women's studies. Picture taken October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)

(An Afghan woman speaks as they attend a class of the gender and women’s studies masters program in Kabul University, Afghanistan October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)

Divided Central African town shows pre-election Christian-Muslim rifts

October 26, 2015
(A group of Muslims gather within an enclave where they are confined due to violence in Dekoa, Central African Republic in this picture taken October 21, 2015. In Dekoa, a town at a busy crossroads in the bloody heartland of Central African Republic, residents are living like refugees just yards from their own homes. Like the hundreds of thousands of other internally displaced people in the crippled former French colony, they are afraid of attacks by rival armed groups who are still roaming the countryside and often use Dekoa as a passageway. Picture taken October 21, 2015. To match story CENTRAL-AFRICA/VIOLENCE REUTERS/Stringer)

(A group of Muslims gather within an enclave where they are confined due to violence in Dekoa, Central African Republic in this picture taken October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Indonesia’s Aceh province enacts strict Islamic criminal code for Muslims

October 26, 2015
(A man accused of violating Sharia law is caned at Al-Munawarah mosque in Aceh Besar, Aceh province December 5, 2014 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Seven convicted of gambling in violation of Sharia law were caned nine times each. REUTERS/Antara Foto/Ampelsa)

(A man accused of violating Sharia law is caned at Al-Munawarah mosque in Aceh Besar, Aceh province December 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Antara Foto/Ampelsa)

Palestinians suspicious of al-Aqsa monitoring promoted by Kerry

October 26, 2015
(People walk on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City October 26, 2015. Monday's visit to the compound was low-key by most standards - no fighting broke out, no one was ejected by the police, everyone left calmly and life returned to normal. But in critical ways it cut to the heart of an issue fuelling the worst violence between Palestinians and Israel in years: whether the status quo at the site, also known as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, is being properly enforced. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

(People walk on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

World Catholic leaders appeal for bold climate change agreement

October 26, 2015
(Cardinal Oswald Gracias (C) signs an appeal next to Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez (2nd L) during a news conference at the Vatican, October 26, 2015. Roman Catholic leaders from around the world on Monday made a joint appeal to a forthcoming United Nations conference on climate change to produce a "fair, legally binding and truly transformational" agreement.REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Cardinal Oswald Gracias (C) signs an appeal for a climate change agreemet at the Vatican, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)