Among the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, there is concern that cell phones with certain features could lead to immodesty among its community members. In an effort to combat that, but make cell phones available still, the community's rabbis have decided to review and kosher certify certain phones with limited features.
Beneath what is now the Battery Tunnel and the site of the World Trade Center is the remains of Little Syria, the first stop for Arab American immigrants who came to the United State near the turn of the 20th Century. Now, a small group is trying to save a six-story building that marks the history.
Israel's Haredim community is grappling with mainstream Israeli society in an effort to figure out how the two increasingly divergent lifestyles can co-exist in the same country.
There's growing tension in Israel between the most ardent, ultra-Orthodox Jews and the country's more mainstream secular and moderate communities. Some of the Haredim want to impose greater restrictions on the public space in the Jewish state.
After a decade-long fight, the Rev. David Kennedy, a Black minister, has a court order saying that he is the rightful owner of the Echo Theatre, home to The Redneck Shop, one of the most notorious KKK shops in the United States.
Coptic Christian Naguib Sawiris will stand trial this month for sharing an image of an ostensibly Muslim Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the run-up to Egyptian elections. The idea being that if Islamists won the elections, even the two cartoon icons would have to follow conservative Muslim practices. He's accused of blasphemy.
The Israeli Army is being confronted by threats from its own people and its own soldiers. Some soldiers are believed to have passed sensitive information to settlers. Some settlers are accused of vandalism. Tensions between the more religious and more secular, especially over settlements in the West Bank, are rising.
Some 18 percent of Republican voters and 19 percent of independent voters say they can't bring themselves to support a Mormon running for president. The church is hoping to show that its members are just like all Americans and they're running a series of ads seeking to do just that.
Just one town in the United States is named after an Algerian, Muslim jihadist. Elkader, Iowa, is home to probably just two Muslims, gay men who run a local Algerian restaurant.
As Aceh recovers from the devastating 2004 tsunami and earthquake, the Indonesian province is turning to its unique cultural heritage, rooted in its brand of Islam, to build from.