The Parsis, who fled Iran in the face of the country's Muslim conversion centuries ago, settled across India and Pakistan. But in recent years, the prominent Karachi religious minority is declining, to the portion where the community may totally disappear.
Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, wants his decisions to be above judicial review. He said as much in a decree that he issued recently. And while he's backed off somewhat in the face of mounting political pressure, opposition groups are returning to a familiar place to try and assert their own power.
Pilgrims by the thousands flock to the Sabarimala temple in India. There, they're treated to a light show they've been told is a divine miracle. But, in turns out, it was all faked, and a group of Indians wants the display to stop.
In a controversial vote in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, members of the Church of England's General Synod voted to prohibit women from serving as bishops within their church. The related U.S. Episcopal Church already allows women as bishops.
Egypt's efforts to forge a new constitution have largely been stymied to date. The first version was thrown out by the courts as not reflective of the country's diversity. Now, a new assembly is trying to write a new one, but encountering resistance from Egyptians who don't like what's in this latest document.
One of the most stunning cathedral in Europe, perhaps all of the world, needs a cleaning. The Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy, is "adopting" out some of its spires to fund renovations that the historic building needs.
As Egypt's Muslim-dominated government consolidates and organizes, there's a move to remake Egyptian law in a more conservative image. This week, the country's public prosecutor ordered a ban on online pornography be implemented.
Mali is in the throes of an uprising between the country's Islamic fundamentalists and its nomadic, indigenous Tuareg people. The Islamists are on top and have banned all "non-devotional" music. And that's totally upended what was once a vibrant music scene.
Mitt Romney often talks about his heritage in Mexico, and his faith in the Mormon Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a complicated history in Mexico -- it's growing rapidly today, but more than 100 years ago it was a place Mormons went to avoid a prohibition on polygamy.
Earlier this year, a well-meaning parishioner took it on herself to try and restore a 19th-century fresco of Jesus Christ at a church in northeastern Spain. But she botched the painting restoration and created an image so comical, now known as the Monkey Boy of Borja, tourists are flocking.