Saudi Arabia has lost a king, while its neighbor to the south, Yemen, is without a president after Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi stepped down. With a Shiite group now in control of Yemen, how will Saudi Arabia's new king react?
With the passing of Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarch Friday morning, the new ruler – King Salman bin Abdul-Azisz al-Saud – moved quickly to assure his subjects and the outside world that things would remain the same.
After the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were murdered for their irreverent drawings of the Prophet Mohammed, some in France have accused Muslims of lacking a sense of humor. As it turns out, many of France’s most successful comedians are Muslims.
In the United States, we speak easily of different ethnic and religious communities. But the reality is far different in France, where the Charlie Hebdo attacks have brought religion and its place in French society back to the top of the agenda.
The threat by the self-proclaimed Islamic State extremist group to kill two Japanese hostages is only the latest in a long string of atrocities. President Obama is likely to make the group known as ISIS a part of his State of the Union speech.
Pope Francis brought a "Mercy and Compassion" theme to the Philippines during his five-day visit. But despite the huge crowds that flocked to see the pontiff and celebrate Mass, activists say real issues of social justice were hidden from Francis by the government.