Devotees at Thai temple give alms to tens of thousands of Buddhist monks

April 23, 2016
Buddhist novices walk as they gather alms at Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, in what organizers said was a meeting of over 100,000 monks in Pathum Thani, outside Bangkok. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

(Buddhist novices walk as they gather alms at Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, in what organizers said was a meeting of over 100,000 monks in Pathum Thani, outside Bangkok. REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

U.N. torture watchdog urges Saudi Arabia to halt floggings and amputations

April 23, 2016
Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. Ensaf Haidar, the wife of a Saudi rights activist, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes last year, said Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not possibly survive the full punishment. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTR4NILQ

(Ensaf Haidar (C) takes part in a demonstration calling for the release of her husband, Raif Badawi, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Prominent figure in Pakistan’s Sikh minority killed by Taliban gunmen

April 23, 2016
Members of the Sikh community walk through the narrow streets of Peshawar with Gorvindar Singh (C), one of three Sikhs who was kidnapped for ransom, after his return home March 1, 2010. Pakistani security forces on Monday recovered two Sikhs kidnapped for ransom in the country's volatile northwest, days after one of their colleagues was killed by kidnappers. The three Sikhs were abducted from the Khyber region on the Afghan border in January. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTR2B3JF

(Sikhs walk through the narrow streets of Peshawar with Gorvindar Singh (C), one of three Sikhs who was kidnapped for ransom, after his return home March 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz)

Robot monk blends science and Buddhism at Chinese temple

April 23, 2016
Robot monk Xian'er is pictured during its demonstration for a photo opportunity at Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

(Robot monk Xian’er at Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Syrian refugees flown out by Pope Francis start new life in Rome

April 23, 2016
Nour Essa, 30, from Syria, plays with her son Riad, 2, during an interview with Reuters at the Sant'Egidio community in Rome, Italy, April 20,2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Nour Essa, 30, from Syria, plays with her son Riad, 2, at the Sant’Egidio community in Rome, Italy, April 20,2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Turkish teacher at Muslim charity given 508-year sentence for child abuse

April 23, 2016
A fishing boat travels in the Bosphorus waterway in Istanbul March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: CITYSCAPE SOCIETY) - RTR3I5WS

(The Bosphorus  in Istanbul March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

A Turkish teacher accused of sexually abusing children in guest houses run by Islamic foundations was handed a 508-year jail sentence in a case that has stirred recrimination between a government with roots in political Islam and its opponents.

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Islamic State has erased the line between foreign and domestic policy

April 21, 2016

French army paratroopers patrol near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, March 30, 2016 as France has decided to deploy 1,600 additional police officers to bolster security at its borders and on public transport following the deadly blasts in Brussels.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French army paratroopers patrol near the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

War of words with Pope Francis no issue for Trump backers – Reuters/Ipsos poll

April 20, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds his bible while speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, September 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian C. Frank - RTS1XL2

(U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds his bible while speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank)

Rouhani clashes with Iranian police over undercover hijab agents

April 20, 2016
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

(Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

Wartime Jewish remains buried in Hungary, a reminder of dark past

April 19, 2016
Jews bury the remains of Holocaust victims in the Jewish cemetery in Budapest, Hungary April 15, 2016.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

(Jews bury the remains of Holocaust victims in the Jewish cemetery in Budapest, Hungary April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh)