Bulgaria bans full-face veils in public places , cites security concerns

October 18, 2016
Muslim women walk past policemen outside of a house in a Roma neighbourhood in the city of Pazadzhik November 25, 2014. The Bulgarian State Prosecutor's office, the State Agency for National Security and the Interior Ministry conducted a specialised operation on Tuesday in five Bulgarian cities seizing evidence as part of a pre-trial proceedings for crimes against the state, anti-democracy ideology and war propaganda, the prosecutors office said in a statement. More than five men were taken for questioning in this neighbourhood, and in other areas around hundred people were detained during the operation, local media reported. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA  - Tags: CRIME LAW RELIGION) - RTR4FI85

(Muslim women in the city of Pazadzhik, Bulgaria, where some have begun wearing niqabs. Photo taken November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov )

Myanmar court jails Dutchman for three months for disrupting Buddhist sermon

October 17, 2016
Buddhist monks walk inside the Masoyein monastery complex in Mandalay October 7, 2015. Buddhist-majority Myanmar goes to the polls on November 8 in an election billed as Myanmar’s first free and fair ballot in 25 years. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month urged supporters not to let the issues of race and religion dominate the parliamentary election, while critics have branded her National League for Democracy (NLD) too sympathetic to Muslims and unwilling to protect Buddhism. Picture taken October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva - RTX1U6V7

(Buddhist monks walk inside a monastery  in Mandalay October 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Once-powerful Philippines Church divided, subdued over drug killings

October 17, 2016
Filipino Catholic devotees light candles and offer prayers after attending a mass at a National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines September 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

(Filipino Catholic devotees light candles and offer prayers at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, metro Manila, Philippines September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Pope Francis names new group of Catholic cardinals, adding to potential successors

October 17, 2016
Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a Marian vigil mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a  mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Nigerian Shi’ite Muslim sect vows to contest ban in northern Kaduna state

October 17, 2016
A political poster is seen on the wall of a house in Gyallesu district in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, February 3, 2016. Sectarian tensions are rising in Nigeria's Muslim north, where hundreds of Shi'ites were killed in clashes with the army in the town of Zaria in December, according to Shi'ites and rights groups. Following the clashes, bulldozers sent by the state levelled Shi'ite shrines, a cemetery and offices in the deeply divided town. The region is already grappling with an insurgency waged by the jihadist Boko Haram group.     REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde   PICTURE 11 OF 20 - SEARCH "ZARIA AFOLABI" FOR ALL 20 IMAGES  - RTX26G24

(An anti-Shi’ite poster in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, February 3, 2016 after hundreds of Shi’ites were killed in clashes with the army there in December. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu out of hospital after treatment

September 21, 2016
Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu  in a file picture. REUTERS/Mark Wessels

(Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu in a file picture. REUTERS/Mark Wessels)

Brexit prompts some Jewish Britons to reconcile with German roots

September 21, 2016
London rabbi Julia Neuberger poses for a photograph with the old German passport of her grandmother, Hermine Sara Rosenthal, at the West London Synagogue in London, Britain September 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

(London rabbi Julia Neuberger poses for a photograph with the old German passport of her grandmother, Hermine Sara Rosenthal, at the West London Synagogue in London, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Pope and world religious leaders vow to oppose terror in God’s name

September 21, 2016
Pope Francis (L) hugs Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (R) during the inter-religious meeting "Prayer for Peace" in Assisi, Italy, September 20, 2016.  Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis (L) hugs Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (R) during the inter-religious meeting “Prayer for Peace” in Assisi, Italy, September 20, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters)

Australian forced off French beach over burkini ban

September 20, 2016
A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water August 27, 2016 on a beach in Marseille, France, the day after the country's highest administrative court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims and opened divisions within the government, pending a definitive ruling.  REUTERS/Stringer - RTX2N9YA

(A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water August 27, 2016 on a beach in Marseille, France. REUTERS/Stringer)

Turkey’s Erdogan: U.S. should ‘not harbor a terrorist’ like Muslim cleric Gülen

September 20, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an interview in New York City, U.S. September 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid   - RTSOIE0

(Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an interview in New York City, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)