Attacks on Shi’ites create pivotal moment for the Saudi state

By Reuters Staff
June 5, 2015
(Shi'ite Muslims carry the coffin of a Saudi man killed in an attack last Friday, in Dammam, east Saudi Arabia June 3, 2015. A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up on Friday outside a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in the city of Dammam in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing himself and four other people. REUTERS/Ali Al Dhaif)

(Shi’ite Muslims carry the coffin of a Saudi man killed in an attack last Friday, in Dammam, east Saudi Arabia June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Al Dhaif)

Special Report: Prayers inflame tensions over Jerusalem holy site

June 5, 2015
(The Dome of the Rock (L) located on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City is seen during sunset May 29, 2015. Picture taken May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

(The Dome of the Rock (L) located on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City is seen during sunset May 29, 2015. Picture taken May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Pope Francis appoints first Vatican auditor-general in latest transparency move

June 5, 2015
(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a special audience with members of the "Children's Train" at the Vatican May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of a special audience with members of the “Children’s Train” at the Vatican May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

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Irish plunge stake through Catholic Church’s heart

By John Lloyd
June 5, 2015

A Yes campaigner poses for a picture in Dublin Castle as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage

A Yes campaigner poses for a picture in Dublin Castle as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Bangladesh academics get death threats from militant Islamist group

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015
(Dhaka University Mosque.)

(Dhaka University Mosque. 16 December 2009/Ranadipam Basu)

Death threats to academics in Bangladesh, including the junior home minister, are fuelling a climate of fear following the killings this year of three online critics of religious nationalism in the Muslim-majority nation.

Kenyan leader proposes new tactics in fight against militant Islam

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015
(Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves after attending celebrations to mark Kenya's Madaraka Day, the 52nd anniversary of the country's independence, at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

(Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves after attending celebrations to mark the 52nd anniversary of the country’s independence, in Nairobi on June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis)

Activists outraged as Myanmar jails writer on charge of insulting Buddhism

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015
(A boy salvages belongings amid burnt debris at Htan Kone village in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region August 25, 2013. Authorities restored order in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region on Sunday after a Buddhist mob set fire to nearly two dozen Muslim-owned buildings and attacked rescue workers in the latest widening of sectarian violence in the former military-run state. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

(A boy salvages belongings amid burnt debris at Htan Kone village in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region after a Buddhist mob set fire to nearly two dozen Muslim-owned buildings, August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Vatican defends Australian cardinal against charges of disregard of sexual abuse

June 2, 2015
(Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 6, 2013. Catholic cardinals said on Tuesday they wanted time to get to know each before choosing the next pope and meanwhile would seek more information on a secret report on alleged corruption in the Vatican. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Arizona mosque, site of anti-Islam protest, holds ‘love not hate’ event

By Reuters Staff
June 2, 2015
(Rabbi Jeremy Schneider and Imam Mahmoud Sulaiman hug during an interfaith rally titled "Love is Stronger than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. The rally was held in response to an earlier anti-Muslim rally at the same location. REUTERS/Deanna Dent)

(Rabbi Jeremy Schneider and Imam Mahmoud Sulaiman hug during an interfaith rally titled “Love is Stronger than Hate” at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Deanna Dent)

China’s Panchen Lama pledges his patriotism in a sensitive year

June 2, 2015
(Gyaltsen Norbu (R), the 11th Panchen Lama, speaks with a delegate ahead of the opening of the third plenary meeting of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2015. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is becoming less influential, both abroad and in Tibet, but his suggestion he will not reincarnate is still a "betrayal" of the religion and the country, a top Chinese official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

(Gyaltsen Norbu (R), the 11th Panchen Lama, speaks with a delegate ahead of the opening of the third plenary meeting of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)