The last czar was nicknamed "Bloody Nicholas" after his soldiers fired on peaceful protesters in 1905. But the Russian Orthodox Church made Nicholas II a saint seven years ago, and has funded and consecrated many monuments to him.
When Ali Cobby Eckermann was a teenager, she ran away to the desert in central Australia. Her drug use and reckless behavior had spiraled out of control. Years later, Eckermann would put all that pain into writing and become one of Australia’s most celebrated poets.
A small clinic in McAllen, Texas, is the only abortion provider for hundreds of miles. Earlier this week when Jane Doe, an undocumented teenager held in detention, was allowed to have an abortion, this is where she came.
In Egypt, numerous bars and restaurants that target an affluent clientele have some sort of veil ban in place — that includes headscarves like the hijab or other forms of Islamic headdress as well as the niqab where only a woman’s eyes can be seen.
Tropical Storm Harvey has led to unprecedented flooding in Texas, driving thousands out of their homes. In the Greater Houston area, some of those displaced by catastrophic flooding are finding refuge inside local mosques.
What does it mean to be white? And what does it mean to be Hispanic? Being a Spaniard from Barcelona, Jaime Gonzalez always considered himself to be European and white. But as a BBC reporter working in California — he has found that many Americans see him differently.
The Dalai Lama prohibits his followers from praying to what he considers the malevolent deity of Dorje Shugden. But adherents of this practice, many of them western converts, say the Tibetan religious leader is guilty of persecution.
Ani Zonneveld started as a Grammy award-winning songwriter. Now she spends her time challenging conservative interpretation of her Muslim faith and has become an imam that embraces gender equality, gay rights and interfaith marriage.
Saudi Arabia may be the only country where women aren't allowed to drive, but it’s not the only place where woman are forbidden from getting behind the wheel. It even happens in some communities in the US.
After a "Muhammad cartoon contest" came under attack over the weekend, Texas imam Omar Suleiman is glad he and other Muslim leaders urged their followers to leave the event alone. Ignoring extremists — both the anti-Muslim crowd and radical Islamists alike — is the best policy, he says.
The world, I think, would be a better place if we were all a bit more Canadian. Canadian niceness is pure, and untainted by the passive-aggressive undertones found in American niceness (have a good day, or else!). It’s also abundant. Canada is to niceness as Saudi Arabia is to oil. It’s awash in the stuff, and it’s about time, I say, the rest of the world imported some.
Some Muslims have had enough of being told they should apologize for violent Islamic extremists. After President Obama brought the subject up at the UN, many Muslims took to Twitter to sarcastically say "sorry" for everything from algebra to coffee to colorful hijabs.