The roughly six million Muslims who live in France are observing Ramadan from August 21 to September 22. FRANCE 24 takes a look at a religious rite that is as sacred and personal as it is familiar and pervasive.
A Parisian pool has refused entry to a Muslim woman who was wearing a "burqini", on the grounds that the head-to-toe swimsuit broke the pool's hygiene rules. A French newspaper quoted the woman complaining of segregation.
US President Barack Obama on Friday promised to reduce the number of abortions in America during his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, while also urging the pope to continue pushing for Middle East peace.
For decades, abortion has been a divisive subject in the US. During his election campaign, Barack Obama stayed well away from the issue but the US president is now confronted with ever-growing tension between pro-choice and anti-abortion groups.
French prosecutors have asked a court to shut down the Church of Scientology in France and hand its leaders huge fines and suspended jail sentences for using "fraudulent" tactics to recruit followers. Scientology is considered a sect in France.
A French state prosecutor urged a Paris court to dissolve the country's Scientology branch when it rules on charges of fraud against the organisation. The case centres on complaints filed by members who spent huge sums on Scientology courses.
Two men were killed on Monday as violent protests swept across India's northern state of Punjab, a day after a Sikh preacher injured in an attack on a temple in the Austrian capital of Vienna succumbed to his wounds in hospital.
A Sikh preacher wounded in Sunday's attack on a temple in Vienna has succumbed to his wounds in hospital, according to Austrian media reports. The attack by a group armed with knives and a gun has shocked the country’s tiny Sikh community.