Pennsylvania officials brace for crowds during Pope Francis Sept. visit

By Reuters Staff
July 28, 2015
(he crowd of faithful gather while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive to celebrate mass in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. The Argentine pontiff, who is wrapping up his three-country tour of South America, has made defending the poor a major theme of his "homecoming" trip, which also took him to Ecuador and Bolivia, ranked among Latin America's poorest countries. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno)

Catholics wait for Pope Francis to arrive to celebrate mass in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno)

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Turkey joined the fight against Islamic State, but not for the reasons you think

By Neil Quilliam and Jonathan Friedman
July 28, 2015

Turkish Air Force AS-532AL Cougar helicopter takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey

A Turkish Air Force AS-532AL Cougar helicopter takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkish help for Muslim Uighur refugees looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing

By Reuters Staff
July 27, 2015
(Uighur refugee boys read the Koran where they are housed in a gated complex in the central city of Kayseri, Turkey, February 11, 2015. Thousands of members of China's Turkic language-speaking Muslim ethnic minority have reached Turkey, mostly since last year, infuriating Beijing, which accuses Ankara of helping its citizens flee unlawfully. Turkish officials deny playing any direct role in assisting the flight. Picture taken February 11, 2015. To match Insight TURKEY-CHINA/UIGHURS REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

(Uighur refugee boys read the Koran where they are housed in a gated complex in the central city of Kayseri, Turkey, February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Pope Francis calls for release of priest and bishops abducted in Syria

July 26, 2015
(Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, August 28, 2012/veDro - l'Italia al futuro)

(Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, August 28, 2012/veDro – l’Italia al futuro)

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque

July 26, 2015
(Inside al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, May 15, 2015/Tom Heneghan)

(Inside al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, May 15, 2015/Tom Heneghan)

Masked rock-throwing Palestinians and Israeli police using stun grenades clashed on Sunday at al-Aqsa mosque plaza, on the annual Jewish day of mourning for Jerusalem’s two destroyed Biblical temples.

Satanic Temple holds public unveiling of Baphomet sculpture in Detroit

By Reuters Staff
July 26, 2015
(An image of Baphomet in Doogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1856), by Eliphas Levi)

(An image of Baphomet in Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1856), by Eliphas Levi)

Expulsion from Derna bastion may show limits for Islamic State in Libya

July 25, 2015
(An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna's Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014. The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on October 3, 2014 local media reported. Picture taken October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

(An armed motorcade of Derna’s Islamic Youth Council, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Israeli far-right radical brothers jailed for Jewish-Arab school arson

July 25, 2015
(Israeli prison guards escort far-right activists Yitzhak Gabai, Nahman Twito and Shlomo Twito at Jerusalem District Court December 15, 2014. The Three Israelis from a far-right group Lehava, which objects to personal or business relations between Jews and Arabs, were charged on Monday with setting fire to a classroom in an Arab-Jewish school that has been a symbol of co-existence in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

(Israeli prison guards escort far-right activists Yitzhak Gabai, Nahman Twito and Shlomo Twito at Jerusalem District Court December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Pakistan Supreme Court to hear Christian woman’s blasphemy case

By Reuters Staff
July 24, 2015
(Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, sits next to Governor of the Punjab Province Salman Taseer as he talks to media after visiting her inside the central jail in Sheikhupura, located in Pakistan's Punjab Province November 20, 2010. Bibi, 36, who was handed down the death sentence by a court in Nankana district in central Punjab earlier this month, appealed President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday to pardon her, saying she was wrongly implicated in the case. REUTERS/Asad Karim)

(A rare photo of Asia Bibi, sitting next to the then governor of Punjab Province Salman Taseer, who visited her in jail on November 20, 2010. Taseer was assassinated two months later by his own bodyguard, who disapproved of his support for her and criticism of Pakistan’s blasphemy law. REUTERS/Asad Karim)

Pope Francis’ approval rating dips in U.S. ahead of September visit: poll

July 24, 2015
(Pope Francis gestures as he speaks during the "Modern Slavery and Climate Change" conference at the Vatican July 21, 2015. Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the United Nations to take a "very strong stand" on climate change at a landmark summit this year in Paris on global warming. The pope spoke at a Vatican-hosted conference of mayors and governors from major world cities who signed a declaration urging global leaders to take bold action at the U.N. summit, saying it may be the last chance to tackle human-induced global warming. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis gestures as he speaks during the “Modern Slavery and Climate Change” conference at the Vatican July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)