Voodoo festival of Benin | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
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.

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By Reuters Staff
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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

By Reuters Staff
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

By Reuters Staff
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.

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(A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

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(Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

(Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, speaks at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder)