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)

Executed Saudi preacher gave voice to anger of Shi’ite minority

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2016
A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

(A protester holds an image depicting Saudi Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr as she protests against his execution by Saudi authorities, in village of the Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

Media should give more space to good news, Pope Francis says after grim year

January 4, 2016
Pope Francis leads the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis leads vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Ukraine debates whether to celebrate Christmas twice

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2016
People walk past Christmas trees near the Bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in central Kiev, Ukraine, December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

(People walk past Christmas trees near the Bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in central Kiev, Ukraine, December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Rwandan pastor jailed for life for genocide-era crimes

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2016
Preserved skulls including those belonging to children are displayed on a metal shelf in a Catholic church in Nyamata April 9, 2014. Hundreds who sought refuge within the church compound were brutally killed during mass killings that lasted three-months in the 1994 genocide.  REUTERS/Noor Khamis (RWANDA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR3KMAG

(Skulls displayed on a metal shelf in a Catholic church where they were killed during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in Nyamata April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Noor Khamis) 

Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2016
Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files

(Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files)

Seized documents reveal Islamic State’s Department of ‘War Spoils’

By Reuters Staff
January 4, 2016
Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in Marchmarin town, southern countryside of Idlib, Syria in this December 16, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

(Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in Marchmarin town, southern countryside of Idlib, Syria in this December 16, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

from The Great Debate:

The ‘marriage of convenience’ between Saddam Hussein’s men and Islamic State

By Mohamad Bazzi
January 4, 2016

Shi'ite fighters ride vehicles in Baiji, north of Baghdad, October 16, 2015. Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militia fighters recaptured most of the country’s largest oil refinery from Islamic State militants on Thursday, security officials said. The report could not be independently confirmed because it is too dangerous for journalists to enter the battle zone around the refinery near the town of Baiji, about 190 km (120 miles) north of Baghdad.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani  - RTS4SKI

Shi'ite fighters ride vehicles in Baiji, north of Baghdad, October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Moses’ mountain by night | The Wider Image

By Reuters Staff
December 28, 2015
Tourists watch the sunrise and pray outside a church on the summit of Mount Moses, near the city of Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Egypt, December 9, 2015. According to the Bible the mountain is where Moses received the ten commandments from God. Picture taken December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX1Z891

(Tourists watch the sunrise and pray outside a church on the summit of Mount Moses, near the city of Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Egypt, December 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)