Islamic bloc drops 12-year U.N. drive to ban defamation of religion

March 24, 2011
(U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the high level segment of the 16th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud)

(U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva and urges it "to move beyond a decade-long debate over whether insults to religion should be banned or criminalised," February 28, 2011/Valentin Flauraud)

Ethiopia’s religious divides flare up in Muslim attacks on Christians

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2011
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(A destroyed Protestant church in Asendabo, 300 km (200 miles) west of the capital Addis Ababa, March 16, 2011/stringer)

Many Egyptian Christians voted ‘no’ on constitution, fearing Islamists

March 21, 2011
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(Pope Shenouda (L), head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, casts his vote during a national referendum, at a school in Cairo March 19, 2011/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Nigeria’s Muslim north risks growing sense of alienation

March 18, 2011
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(A motor rickshaw transporting Muslim women drives past a signboard promoting Islamic faith in Nigeria's northern city of Kano March 15, 2011/Joe Penny)

Nigeria’s Jonathan takes election campaign to Muslim north

March 16, 2011
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(Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan speaks at the launch of his presidential campaign in the central city of Lafia, Nassarawa state February 7, 2011/Afolabi Sotunde)

Egypt’s Grand Mufti prays with generals, urges Muslim-Christian unity

By Reuters Staff
March 11, 2011
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(A rally to demonstrate unity between Muslims and Christians at Tahrir Square in Cairo March 11, 2011/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egyptian Copts hold funeral after Christian-Muslim strife kills 13

By Reuters Staff
March 10, 2011
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(Egyptian Coptic Christians gather for funeral of seven victims of sectarian clashes, at Samaan el-Kharaz Church in Cairo March 10, 2011/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Istanbul celebrates carnival after nearly 70 years

March 9, 2011
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(Istanbul celebrates carnival, 7 March 2011/all photos by Jonathan Lewis)

Istanbul’s tiny Greek community has revived an all-but-extinct tradition by celebrating Bakla Horani, an evening of carousing at the end of carnival ahead of Lent. About 300 masked, painted and costumed revelers paraded on Monday through the streets of Istanbul’s Kurtulus district, known as Tatavla when it was home to Greeks decades ago.

Grief-stricken Pakistani Christians bury slain cabinet minister

By Reuters Staff
March 4, 2011
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(People gather near the casket of Pakistan's Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral ceremony inside a church in Islamabad March 4, 2011/Faisal Mahmood)

Pakistan media warn of growing chaos after Christian minister slain

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2011
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(Christians protest in Hyderabad against the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, March 3, 2011/Akram Shahid )