For American Muslims – already in the eye of a political storm over the proposed mosque near ground zero in New York – a Florida pastor's Koran burning threat is seen as a teachable moment crucial to how the US public views Muslims and Islam.
Eid ul-Fitr always leaves the country's overburdened and poorly maintained transportation systems bursting at the seams, and can result in massive traffic jams.
A black Amur leopard cub growls during a medical examination at the Serengeti Safari Park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen on Wednesday.
To devout Muslims, the Sept. 11 Koran burning proposed by the Florida preacher Terry Jones is akin to burning the word of God. Muslim leaders and US military and civilian officials have asked Jones to reconsider his plan.
Actress Angelina Jolie (c.) arrives at the Jalozai flood victim relief camp during her visit to flood-affected areas and relief camps supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Tuesday. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, called on Tuesday for constant and long-term assistance for Pakistan to help it cope with its worst-ever floods that have wreaked havoc on the impoverished country.
Foreign workers fuel the continued rise of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, while working for low wages and in miserable conditions.
As public opposition to the proposed mosque near ground zero grows and Sept. 11 approaches, Muslims are preparing for anti-Islamic acts, encouraging adherents to participate in 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, and changing how they celebrate the end of Ramadan.
A young flood victim looks out from a relief camp in Nowshera, northwestern Pakistan on Friday. Pakistan's northwest, the first region to be hit by the floods and the most devastated, now has roads lined with tents and tens of thousands of displaced waiting to go home.
Controversy over the New York and other mosques underlines the struggle to balance values of religious tolerance with fears, real and imagined, in an age of terrorism.