Iraqi Shia worshipers gather next to the site of a stampede inside Imam Hussain shrine, in the holy city of Karbala, southern Iraq. Photograph: EPA

At least 31 pilgrims were killed in the Iraqi city of Karbala on Tuesday in a stampede after part of a walkway collapsed during the Ashura religious c(...)

“A reliable friend is a confessor of your secrets and sorrows, a concelebrant in your every joy.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Messiahs, deities and founders of religions have all been known to have had friendships that transformed and impacted their lives. Jesus had John. B(...)

Ali Charaf Damache is serving a 15-year sentence in a maximum security facility in the United States. Photograph: Collins Courts

An Irish citizen convicted of providing support to Islamic terrorists is taking a High Court case against Government attempts to strip him of citizens(...)

It’s not everyone who suits a hat, although I’m happy to say that I’ve always been able to carry one off? I’m actually admiring my white trilby in the(...)

File photograph taken in June shows Afghan Taliban militants walking to celebrate an earlier ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad. Photograph: Getty Images

The Taliban on Monday rejected an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said it would persist with its attacks, after insurgents ambushed three (...)

An aerial view of Amatrice, central Italy, badly damaged by an earthquake.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA

For a lot of people in the earthquake-struck town of Amatrice, central Italy, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is now on the blacklist. I(...)

An Israeli Disaster Victim Identification team cleans up the scene where a stabbing attack took place in central Jerusalem, Israel, October 8th, 2015. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli troops have shot and killed an Arab who stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver. The incidents occurred amid new Israeli-Palestinian violence(...)

A migrant, surrounded by  Croatian police,  near the Opatovac transit centre for migrants and refugees,  September 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

Militant Islamist groups are not thought to be using the refugee influx into Europe to smuggle in militants who could carry out attacks, according to (...)

File photograph from a video showing Al Qaeda chief Nasir al-Wuhayshi who has been killed in a US bombing. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Al Qaeda in Yemen said its leader, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a US bombing, in major blow by the United States against the global militant gro(...)

The price of free speech

That a meeting in Copenhagen entitled “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression” should require armed guards and the frisking of attendees speaks (...)

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