Top Egyptian Muslim leader urges broader action against Islamist militants

By Reuters Staff
December 4, 2014
((L-R) Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church ; Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar Institution ; Mohammed Yasaf of the Moroccan Higher Scholarly Council ; Sheikh Ibrahim Salih Al-Husaini, Mufti of Nigeria; Mohammed bin Saud, Omani Mufti deputy ; Sheikh Ali Al-Ami, Lebanese Shiite Mufti of Tyre, attend the conference "Azhar in the face of terrorism and extremism", in Cairo, December 3, 2014. Grand Imam of Egypt?s al-Azhar Institution Ahmed al-Tayeb addressed a two-day international conference in Cairo organised by his institution. The grand imam stressed that "terrorist organisations" try to sell a "fraudulent" image of Islam.Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church launched the conference alongside Tayeb. Around 600 Muslim scholars and popes of eastern churches representing around 120 countries are attending the conference, reported state-run news agency MENA. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper)

((L-R) Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church ; Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Institution ; Mohammed Yasaf of the Moroccan Higher Scholarly Council ; Sheikh Ibrahim Salih Al-Husaini, Mufti of Nigeria; Mohammed bin Saud, Omani Mufti deputy ; Sheikh Ali Al-Ami, Lebanese Shiite Mufti of Tyre, attend the conference “Azhar in the face of terrorism and extremism”, in Cairo, December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper)

Nobel Peace Prize honours “Hindu and Muslim in common struggle” to protect children

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2014
(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event at Wembley Arena in London March 7, 2014. The inaugural We Day UK event is run by the charity Free the Children to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event in London March 7, 2014 to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

Saudi authorities on Ebola watch as millions of Muslims gather for haj

By Reuters Staff
October 3, 2014
(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

(Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )

from Photographers' Blog:

From central banker to Islamic king

August 15, 2014

Kano, Nigeria

By Joe Penney

Last year Lamido Sanusi wore pin stripe suits and a colorful array of bow ties to work, and his job consisted mostly of managing interest rates and keeping inflation under control.

Growing concern in Muslim world about Islamist militancy: Pew survey

July 2, 2014
(Members of the Abuja #BringBackOurGirls group attend a meeting at Maitama park in Abuja May 30, 2014. The meeting was moved to Maitama park on Friday after unidentified assailants attacked members of the group with bottles and chairs at Unity fountain on Wednesday. Nigeria's president said on Thursday he had ordered "a full-scale operation" against Boko Haram Islamist militants and sought to reassure parents of 219 schoolgirls being held by the group that their children would be freed. Picture taken May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

(Members of the Abuja #BringBackOurGirls group attend a meeting at Maitama park in Abuja May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call to partition the country

April 24, 2014

(Muslims fleeing sectarian violence are seen on top of a truck with their belongings, on the road between Bangui and Sibut, on a convoy being escorted by French peacekeepers to the south eastern town of Bambari April 20, 2014. Picture taken April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun )

from Photographers' Blog:

Pilgrims in the Holy Land

April 17, 2014

Jerusalem

By Ronen Zvulun

Walking through the narrow alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City and visiting its myriad holy sites at this time of year is an even more vibrant and colorful experience than usual.

Islamist anti-vaccine drive makes Peshawar world’s biggest polio virus pool

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2014

(A street in Peshawar’s old city, 22 March 2010/Janki)

Pakistan’s volatile northwestern city of Peshawar is the largest reservoir of endemic polio viruses in the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday, amid concerns over continuing violence against polio vaccination teams.

Atheists face death in 13 countries and global discrimination: study

December 11, 2013

(A humanist wedding ceremony in Slane, County Meath, Ireland on July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

from The Great Debate:

Human Rights Day: Still pursuing religious freedom

By Katrina Lantos Swett and Mary Ann Glendon
December 10, 2013

December 10 marks Human Rights Day, the 65th anniversary of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), signed by 48 nations -- with just eight abstentions.