Today in culture : What makes a person willing to kill and die for their religion? That's the question the documentary 'American Jihadist' is investigating. The film is premiering at the Slam dance Film festival in the US later this month. One of the filmmakers, Jody Jenkins, who also works at FRANCE 24, speaks to Eve Jackson ahead of the world premiere.
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are descending on Iraq's holy shrine city of Karbala for the climax of Ashura, which marks the death of Imam Hussein in 680 AD. Violence targeting the gathering has killed 25 since Tuesday.
One of the most remote Christian communities in India lives behind these mountains. We are in Leh, at an altitude of 4,000 metres. Here, amongst Buddhist monasteries and mosques, 200 Christians celebrate Christmas. Their church- which has existed for 125 years- is the oldest in the Himalayas. The 23 Christian families of Leh have always been able to peacefully practice their faith.
A woman pushing against a barrier caused Pope Benedict XVI to fall as he entered St Peter's Basilica to celebrate Christmas mass, the Vatican spokesman said. He quickly recovered and was able to go on to conduct the mass.
Pope Pius XII (photo), whose silence during World War II is frequently criticised, has become "venerable", the last step before sainthood. Pope Benedict XVI, who bestowed the honour, did the same for John Paul II.
A nationwide debate on what it means to be French has become tense since a majority of Swiss people voted against the building of new minarets. With French regional elections not far away and far-right votes up for grabs, is a healthy debate - without Muslims feeling singled out - still possible?