from Africa News blog:

Northern Nigeria erupts again

July 28, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far the exact toll from the latest bout of religious rioting in northern Nigeria is not clear. At least 150 have died and the toll may well go higher.

Rare look at Sunni-Shi’ite tensions in Nigeria

March 21, 2008

Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar, spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslims, 3 March 2007/Afolabi SotundeSunni-Shi’ite tensions are regularly in the news, but usually from a small number of countries in or around the Middle East. Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan are probably the most frequently mentioned. It’s much rarer to hear how Islam’s two main families get along (or don’t) further afield. Now, two of our reporters in Nigeria, Farouk Umar and Estelle Shirbon, have written a feature about sectarian strife in Sokoto, a historic Muslim city in the remote northwest of the country. As they explained:

Pope Francis visits Rome safe house for women forced into prostitution

August 13, 2016
Pope Francis speaks outside Saint Mary of Angels Basilica in the pilgrimage town of Assisi, central Italy, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

(Pope Francis speaks outside Saint Mary of Angels Basilica in the pilgrimage town of Assisi, central Italy, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli)

Turkey’s anti-Gulen crackdown ripples far and wide

August 1, 2016
U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

(U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller)ok

Pope Francis meets children, says migrants ‘not dangerous, but in danger’

May 30, 2016
Pope Francis speaks as he holds a life vest during a meeting with youths at the Vatican May 28, 2016. The life vest was used by a migrant who was found dead during a rescue on the Mediterranean sea.   REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia/Pool

(Pope Francis holds a life vest during a meeting with youths at the Vatican May 28, 2016. The life vest was used by a migrant who was found dead during a rescue on the Mediterranean sea. REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

Voodoo festival of Benin | The Wider Image

January 22, 2016

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In Ouidah, a small town and former slave port in the West African country of Benin, the annual voodoo festival gathers visitors from far and wide.

Anglican Communion penalizes U.S. church over gay marriage to avoid schism

January 18, 2016
Christian gay rights campaigners protest in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, southern Britain, January 15, 2016. . REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Christian gay rights campaigners protest in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, southern Britain, January 15, 2016. . REUTERS/Toby Melville)

On Benin’s voodoo holiday, followers pray and sacrifice for peace

January 11, 2016
A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. The national voodoo holiday in the West African country of Benin had a distinctively political accent this year as practitioners from Africa and the Americas gathered on Sunday to offer prayers and sacrifices for peace. Hundreds of followers of the traditional religion gathered in the Atlantic coast town of Ouidah, once an important port in the slave trade, to pray for calm during the tiny country's presidential election scheduled for February. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX21RJQ

(A devotee is cheered as he dances at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye) 

Christmas trees around the world | The Wider Image

December 23, 2015

The Christmas tree has a rich history, from evergreen trees to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship by pagan Europeans. The modern version has its origins in Germany, where the song “O Tannenbaum” is still a festive favourite.

from The Great Debate:

Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

November 30, 2015

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since France and Britain carved the country out of the former Ottoman Empire in 1920.     REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT) - RTXUR9R

Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri