A year after ‘Je suis Charlie’, a divided France struggles

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2016
People hold panels to create an image depicting the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as "Charb", as hundreds of thousands of French citizens take part in a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris, in this January 11, 2015 file picture.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

(People hold up an image depicting the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as “Charb”, as hundreds of thousands of French take part in a solidarity march in Paris, in this January 11, 2015 file picture. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Saudi execution exposes dangerous political and religious divisions

January 6, 2016
Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, at Imam Hussein square in Tehran January 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, at Imam Hussein square in Tehran January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/

Northern Irish Christian preacher cleared over anti-Islamic remarks

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2016
Evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell leaves Laganside court after he was found not guilty of 'grossly offensive' remarks about Islam, Belfast January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton - RTX213HE

(Evangelical Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell leaves Laganside court after he was found not guilty of ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam, Belfast January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

For first time since war, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ghost town

January 6, 2016
A man holds a cross after swimmers plunged into the sea to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations for the first time in decades, at Famagusta, Cyprus January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

(A man holds a cross after swimmers plunged into the sea to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations for the first time in decades, at Famagusta, Cyprus January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou)

Vatican newspaper denounces ‘woeful’ Charlie Hebdo cover

January 6, 2016
A man takes a copy of the latest edition of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo with the title "One year on, The assassin still on the run" displayed at a kiosk in Nice, France, January 6, 2016.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

(A man takes a copy of the latest edition of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo with the title “One year on, The assassin still on the run” displayed at a kiosk in Nice, France, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

from The Great Debate:

How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric’s execution

By Peter Van Buren
January 6, 2016

Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016. The sign reads in Urdu, "Protest, Protest, Protest, we condemn the martyring of Ayatullah Shaikh Baqar al-Nimr and other Muslims, and demand human rights organisations take notice of the inhuman incident and bring fact-finding to the public". REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro  - RTX20S7T

Members of the Shi'ite ulema council hold a sign for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Shaman rituals in Siberia | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
January 5, 2016

shamanIn the Tuva region of southern Siberia, an area inhabited by historically cattle-herding nomads, people consult local shamans to find out more about their destiny or address medical and other problems.

Saudi executions driven by fear of Sunni militancy, signal combative policy

By Reuters Staff
January 5, 2016
Protesters holding poster of Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr protest against his execution by Saudi authorities in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

(Protesters holding poster of Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr protest against his execution by Saudi authorities in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

Living in the city of the dead | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
January 5, 2016

 

cairocem1In a sprawling Cairo neighbourhood known as the City of the Dead, life and death are side by side. Amid a housing crisis in Egypt, and with the population of the capital estimated at 20 million, thousands of people count themselves lucky to call Cairo Necropolis home.

Cuba’s Santeria priests predict explosive migration and social unrest in 2016

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2016
Cuban Babalawo Ifa Iwori Bofun, Lazaro Cuesta (R), sits next to babalawos Guillermo Diago (C) and Victor Betancourt as Cuesta addresses the media during a news conference in Havana in this January 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

(Cuban Babalawo Ifa Iwori Bofun, Lazaro Cuesta (R), sits next to babalawos Guillermo Diago (C) and Victor Betancourt as Cuesta addresses the media during a news conference in Havana in this January 2, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa)