Bicycling in the dark in Douma, Syria; moving Hamburg's swans to their winter home; and opening the International Toilet Festival in New Delhi.
Protests in Mexico City; skinny-dipping in Chonqing; and chess in Kuala Lumpur.
Shiites mark Ashura; Russian soldiers prepare for a parade; and a debutante ball in London.
While some Liberian religious leaders are harnessing fears over the Ebola outbreak to further an anti-gay agenda, other churches are preaching peace, calm, and a chlorine rinse.
Marauding pro-government militias are using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to destroy Sunni Arab communities across the country.
U.S. Marines pack up in Afghanistan; Hungarians protest a proposed Internet tax; and a nude swimming competition in France.
In Saudi Arabia, a new generation is pushing back against the government’s embrace of fundamentalism. But is the kingdom ready for nonbelievers?
Suki Kim's memoir about teaching in an elite North Korean school run by evangelical missionaries highlights the dangers and absurdities of life in a closed society.
Protests in St. Louis; a pilgrimage in Peru; and the funeral of a Kurdish fighter.
Francis may be a transformational leader, but so was Obama in 2009.
In long-Catholic Brazil, the burgeoning evangelical population has become a dynamic political force -- and could even choose the country’s next president.
Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey; global marches on climate change; and celebrating Munich's Oktoberfest.
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Germany. But is Angela Merkel doing anything about it?
So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?
Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.
A Uighur jade trader gets a rare chance to visit Hong Kong and has a taste of the freedom he does not enjoy back home.
Washington's lack of a plan to confront the spread of radical Islam looms as an epoch-defining failure.
A thousand years ago, Yazidis and tiny pagan sects flourished under the caliphate. But the days of the tolerant Islamic state are over.
The plan seems bound to further raise tensions in Xinjiang.
The Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, are marooned and starving on a mountain in Kurdistan. Now, the United States is trying to save them from the murderous hands of the Islamic State.
In the lands of the Old Testament, an endangered religious minority is being wiped out by the brutal Islamic State.
If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.
How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.
MH17 shot down in Ukraine; Israel launches a ground invasion of Gaza; and the island of Tenerife, Spain celebrates the patron saint of fishermen.
Why is a barbaric medieval caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?
Life isn't easy for Malaysian gays. And it may actually be getting worse.
Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.