One in 8 Germans would join anti-Muslim marches: poll

By Alexandra Hudson
January 5, 2015
(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West", in Dresden December 22, 2014. More than 17,000 people took part in Germany's largest anti-immigrant rally to date on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden, gathering to sing Christmas carols and listen to speakers complain about immigrants and asylum-seekers. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”, in Dresden December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Pope Francis favors developing world in naming new Catholic cardinals

January 4, 2015
(Newly-appointed Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral after Pentecost Sunday mass in Hanoi May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

(Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, one of the new cardinals named on Sunday by Pope Francis, waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral in the Vietnamese capital on May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

Cuba’s Santeria priests hail U.S. detente in New Year forecast

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2015
(A woman reads the "Letter of the Year," predictions for the year 2007, hung up on a wall outside a house in Havana, January 2, 2007. High priests of Cuba's dominant Afro-Cuban religion declined to speculate on the health of the nation's ailing leader Fidel Castro in their annual prognostications on Tuesday, but they predicted economic reforms improving deficient food supplies in 2007 and urged more oil exploration. REUTERS/Claudia Daut)

(A woman reads the “Letter of the Year,” predictions for the year 2007, hung up on a wall outside a house in Havana, January 2, 2007. REUTERS/Claudia Daut)

Cologne Cathedral to turn out the lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2015
(Cologne cathedral is seen with the flooded river Rhine in Cologne, January 9, 2011. After weeks of snow and ice, rising temperatures combined with heavy rain means many German rivers have swollen drastically over the last few days, triggering flood warnings in many regions. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(Cologne cathedral is seen with the flooded river Rhine River in Cologne, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

Chinese authorities tear down cross on Christian nursing home

By Reuters Staff
January 1, 2015
(A cross is seen on the top of a Catholic church decorated with red lanterns outside  on Christmas Eve at near the city of Taiyuan, Shanxi province, December 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

(A cross is seen on the top of a Catholic church decorated with red lanterns outside
on Christmas Eve at near the city of Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, December 24, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

Egyptian court permanently bans Jewish festival on ‘moral’ grounds

By Reuters Staff
January 1, 2015
(4 February 2007)

(Entrance to Jewish cemetery in Cairo, 4 February 2007/David Lisbona)

An Egyptian court permanently banned a Jewish celebration that has taken place since the 1979 peace deal with Israel and asked the government to remove the tomb where it takes place from a list of official shrines, judicial sources said.

Egypt bans biblical epic ‘Exodus,’ 20th Century Fox says

By Reuters Staff
January 1, 2015
(Director Ridley Scott (2nd L) talk with cast members Christian Bale (L) and Maria Valverde (R) next to his wife Giannina Facio as they pose for photographs at the world premiere of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" in Madrid December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina)

(Director Ridley Scott (2nd L) talk with cast members Christian Bale (L) and Maria Valverde (R) next to his wife Giannina Facio as they pose for photographs at the world premiere of “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in Madrid December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina)

New Zealand bar manager pleads not guilty to insulting Buddhism in Myanmar

By Reuters Staff
January 1, 2015
(A Buddha statue is pictured at a marble mine at Zagyin (Marble) village in the Madaya township February 26, 2014. Zagyin (Marble) village is also known as the second birth place of Buddha because the village is the biggest location in the world that produces Buddha statue images of different sizes, with many exported to countries such as China and Thailand. Picture taken February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(A Buddha statue is pictured at a marble mine at Zagyin (Marble) village in the Madaya township February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Guestview: A message of peace and compassion at Prophet Mohammad’s birth

By Guest Contributor
January 1, 2015
(People buy traditional sweets for children to celebrate the birthday of prophet Muhammad, also known as "mawlid al nabi", which will fall next week, in a makeshift tent in Cairo, December 30, 2014. REUTERS /Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

(People buy traditional sweets for children to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, also known as “mawlid al nabi”, which falls this year on January 3, in a makeshift tent in Cairo, December 30, 2014. REUTERS /Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

British-German football match in Kabul in memory of WW1 Christmas truce

By Reuters Staff
December 24, 2014
(German and British troops pose for a photo after a football match to commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul December 24, 2014. British and German soldiers deployed in Afghanistan gathered in a dusty field on Wednesday to play a game of football in memory of the Christmas Day truce spontaneously called between their armies during the First World War in 1914. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(German and British troops pose for a photo after a football match to commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)