Ireland attacks confessional secrecy after Catholic sex abuse scandal

July 15, 2011

(A Roman Catholic Croat confesses to a priest during a pilgrimage in Krasno, some 150km (93 miles) south of Zagreb August 15, 2009/Nikola Solic )

Tunisian secularists nervous over slow change, concerned about Islamists

July 13, 2011

(Protests in Tunis July 7, 2011 after Islamists attacked a cinema to protest a controversial film called "Neither God nor master"/Zoubeir Souissi)

Sleepy French hamlet seen at threat from Apocalypse sects

By Reuters Staff
June 15, 2011

(Pic de Bugarach, 14 November 2007/Thierry Strub)

The tiny southern French hamlet of Bugarach has drawn scrutiny from a government sect watchdog over droves of visitors who believe it is the only place in the world that will survive a 2012 Apocalypse. A report by the watchdog, Miviludes, published Wednesday said the picturesque village near Carcassonne should be monitored in the run-up to December 21, 2012, when many believe the world will end according to an ancient Mayan prophecy.

Archbishop of Canterbury attacks UK government policies as radical

June 9, 2011

(Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams at Canterbury Cathedral, April 4, 2010/Toby Melville)

Protests in Bahrain’s Shi’ite neighbourhoods fall on deaf ears

By Reuters Staff
June 9, 2011

(Shi'ite protesters march in the Sanabis neighbourhood in Manama June 3, 2011/Hamad I Mohammed)

Popular Indian guru Swami Ramdev to start hunger strike against corruption

June 1, 2011

(India's yoga guru Swami Ramdev speaks in support of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare during a "fast unto death" campaign in New Delhi April 8, 2011. In the background is an image depicting Mother India/B Mathur)

Beyond bin Laden – Britain’s fight against violent Islamist radicalism

May 24, 2011

(Muslims hold placards as they march towards the U.S. embassy in London May 6, 2011/Suzanne Plunkett)

Filipinos flock to northern town for fertility dance for patron saint

By Reuters Staff
May 18, 2011

(A boy is held up by his mother as hundreds of devotees dance and pray for children in an annual fertility procession in Obando, north of Manila May 17, 2011/Cheryl Ravelo)

Philippine Catholic bishops clash with Aquino over contraception bill

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2011

(Participants sit below a huge banner during a mass against a reproductive health (RH) bill in Luneta park, metro Manila, March 25, 2011/Romeo Ranoco)

Pakistan’s Islamist parties challenge weakening government

By Reuters Staff
March 9, 2011
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(A supporter of Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami backs Pakistan's blasphemy laws during a rally in Peshawar January 23, 2011/Fayaz Aziz )