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    Posted: 4/1/2012 2:30:46 PM EST
    Iranian families gather to mark the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, or public picnic day, at the end of thirteen-day Iranian New Year holidays, outside the northeastern city of Esfarayen, Iran, Sunday, April 1, 2012. Iranians flocked to parks and orchards to mark Sizdeh Bedar, an ancient festival that predates Islam and goes back thousands of years to the time when Zorastrianism was the predominant religion of Persia. Although the hard-line ruling clerics of today's Islamic Republic have discouraged many pre-Islamic rituals, they have failed to put Iranians off the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, and its ending celebration of Sizdeh Bedar. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 4/1/2012 2:30:46 PM EST
    Iranian women play ball during a picnic marking ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, or public picnic day, at the end of thirteen-day Iranian New Year holidays, outside the northeastern city of Esfarayen, Iran, Sunday, April 1, 2012. Iranians flocked to parks and orchards to mark Sizdeh Bedar, an ancient festival that predates Islam and goes back thousands of years to the time when Zorastrianism was the predominant religion of Persia. Although the hard-line ruling clerics of today's Islamic Republic have discouraged many pre-Islamic rituals, they have failed to put Iranians off the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, and its ending celebration of Sizdeh Bedar. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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    Posted: 4/1/2012 2:30:46 PM EST
    Iranian families picnic while marking the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, or public picnic day, at the end of thirteen-day Iranian New Year holidays, outside the northeastern city of Esfarayen, Iran, Sunday, April 1, 2012. Iranians flocked to parks and orchards to mark Sizdeh Bedar, an ancient festival that predates Islam and goes back thousands of years to the time when Zorastrianism was the predominant religion of Persia. Although the hard-line ruling clerics of today's Islamic Republic have discouraged many pre-Islamic rituals, they have failed to put Iranians off the Persian New Year, or Nowruz, and its ending celebration of Sizdeh Bedar. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
  •  - To match Insight EGYPT-SINAI

    To match Insight EGYPT-SINAI

    Posted: 4/1/2012 7:35:46 AM EST
    The remains of the Sheikh Zewaid shrine is seen after it was blown up by Islamist extremists following the revolution, at a graveyard in Sheikh Zewaid city, in north Sinai, March 7, 2012. Islamist extremists who believe in the strict application of Islam blew up the Sheikh Zewaid tomb, a landmark shrine for one of the early Muslims to arrive in Egypt, after local Sufis who believe in the holiness of the Sheikh used to practice their rituals beside it. To match Insight EGYPT-SINAI Picture taken March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - Archbishop Jean Zerbo speaks during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Archbishop Jean Zerbo speaks during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Posted: 3/31/2012 12:23:41 PM EST
    Archbishop Jean Zerbo speaks to Muslims and members of other religions during a rally organized by the highly influential head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko to calm the political situation down in Mali and encourage politicians and the junta to agree on a way out of the current crisis at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako March 31, 2012. Heavily armed Malian rebels in pick-up trucks attacked the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday, capitalising on the chaos after last week's military coup to make further gains. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION)
  •  - A Muslim with a Malian flag on his head attends a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    A Muslim with a Malian flag on his head attends a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Posted: 3/31/2012 11:51:05 AM EST
    A Muslim with a Malian flag around his head attends a rally organized by the highly influential head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko to calm the political situation down in Mali and encourage politicians and the junta to agree on a way out of the current crisis at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako March 31, 2012. Heavily armed Malian rebels in pick-up trucks attacked the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday, capitalising on the chaos after last week's military coup to make further gains. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (MALI - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CONFLICT)
  •  - Mali's soldiers walk during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Mali's soldiers walk during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Posted: 3/31/2012 11:48:13 AM EST
    Mali's soldiers walk during a rally organized by the highly influential head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko to calm the political situation down in Mali and encourage politicians and the junta to agree on a way out of the current crisis at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako March 31, 2012. Heavily armed Malian rebels in pick-up trucks attacked the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday, capitalising on the chaos after last week's military coup to make further gains. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION MILITARY)
  •  - Archbishop Jean Zerbo speaks to people during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Archbishop Jean Zerbo speaks to people during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Posted: 3/31/2012 11:45:40 AM EST
    Archbishop Jean Zerbo speaks to Muslims and members of other religions during a rally organized by the highly influential head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko to calm the political situation down in Mali and encourage politicians and the junta to agree on a way out of the current crisis at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako March 31, 2012. Heavily armed Malian rebels in pick-up trucks attacked the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday, capitalising on the chaos after last week's military coup to make further gains. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION)
  •  - People gather during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    People gather during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Posted: 3/31/2012 11:41:43 AM EST
    Muslims and members of other religions gather during a rally organized by the highly influential head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko to calm the political situation down in Mali and encourage politicians and the junta to agree on a way out of the current crisis at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako March 31, 2012. Heavily armed Malian rebels in pick-up trucks attacked the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday, capitalising on the chaos after last week's military coup to make further gains. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION)
  •  - People gather during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    People gather during a rally organized by the head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko in Bamako

    Posted: 3/31/2012 11:37:39 AM EST
    Muslims and members of other religions gather during a rally organized by the highly influential head of the High Council of Islam Iman Amadoun Diko to calm the political situation down in Mali and encourage politicians and the junta to agree on a way out of the current crisis at Modibo Keita stadium in Bamako March 31, 2012. Heavily armed Malian rebels in pick-up trucks attacked the northern garrison town of Gao on Saturday, capitalising on the chaos after last week's military coup to make further gains. REUTERS/Luc Gnago (MALI - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST)
  •  - To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    Posted: 3/29/2012 3:18:45 AM EST
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks during a news conference in Baghdad in this December 11, 1997 file photo. To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY REUTERS/Faleh Kheiber/Files (IRAQ - Tags: PROFILE RELIGION)
  •  -  To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    Posted: 3/29/2012 3:16:05 AM EST
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (L) is accompanied by Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo (R) during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Felix Houphouet Boigny airport, outside Abidjan, at the start of a two-day visit to Ivory Coast in this June 27, 2007 file photo. Dictator Muammar Gaddafi sponsored one of the world's leading Muslim missionary networks. The World Islamic Call Society (WICS) sent staffers out to build mosques and provide humanitarian relief. It gave poor students a free university education, in religion, finance and computer science. Its missionaries traversed Africa preaching a moderate, Sufi-tinged version of Islam as an alternative to the strict Wahhabism that Saudi Arabia was spreading. But the Society had a darker side that occasionally flashed into view. Picture taken June 27, 2007. To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon/Files (IVORY COAST - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
  •  - To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    Posted: 3/29/2012 3:11:18 AM EST
    Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi looks at a flag during the plenary session at the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island in this September 27, 2009 file photo. Dictator Muammar Gaddafi sponsored one of the world's leading Muslim missionary networks. The World Islamic Call Society (WICS) sent staffers out to build mosques and provide humanitarian relief. It gave poor students a free university education, in religion, finance and computer science. Its missionaries traversed Africa preaching a moderate, Sufi-tinged version of Islam as an alternative to the strict Wahhabism that Saudi Arabia was spreading. But the Society had a darker side that occasionally flashed into view. Picture taken September 27, 2009. To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY

    Posted: 3/29/2012 3:06:06 AM EST
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi reads at a mass prayer during a celebration to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Agadez in this March 30, 2007 file photo. Dictator Muammar Gaddafi sponsored one of the world's leading Muslim missionary networks. The World Islamic Call Society (WICS) sent staffers out to build mosques and provide humanitarian relief. It gave poor students a free university education, in religion, finance and computer science. Its missionaries traversed Africa preaching a moderate, Sufi-tinged version of Islam as an alternative to the strict Wahhabism that Saudi Arabia was spreading. But the Society had a darker side that occasionally flashed into view. Picture taken March 30, 2007. To match Special Report LIBYA/MISSIONARY REUTERS/Samuel De Jaegere/Files (NIGER - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)
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    Posted: 3/27/2012 2:40:49 PM EST
    A grief-stricken Sulachhani Bai, mother of Rinkal Kumari, talks to media outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 26, 2012. Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam in order to marry a Muslim boy. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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    Posted: 3/27/2012 2:40:49 PM EST
    Muslim Pakistani Naveed Shah, left, who married Hindu Pakistan Rinkal Kumari, listens to reporters with a local cleric outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, March 26, 2012. Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam in order to marry a Muslim boy. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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    Posted: 3/27/2012 2:40:49 PM EST
    Hindu Pakistani Rinkal Kumari, center, leaves the Supreme Court under tight security in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 26, 2012. Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam in order to marry a Muslim boy. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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    Posted: 3/27/2012 2:40:49 PM EST
    Hindu girl Rinkal Kumari, center, leaves the Supreme Court under tight security in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, March 26, 2012. Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam in order to marry a Muslim boy. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 6:55:46 PM EST
    Women pay respects outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, in Toulouse, France, Friday March 23, 2012 where three children and a rabbi were gunned down on Monday. Inspired by radical Islam and trained in Afghanistan, the gunman methodically killed French schoolchildren, a rabbi and paratroopers and faced down hundreds of police for 32 hours. Then he leapt out a window as he rained down gunfire and was fatally shot in the head. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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    Posted: 3/23/2012 6:55:46 PM EST
    Flowers and a teddy bear are laid outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, in Toulouse, France, Friday March 23, 2012 after three children and a rabbi gunned down on Monday. Inspired by radical Islam and trained in Afghanistan, the gunman methodically killed French schoolchildren, a rabbi and paratroopers and faced down hundreds of police for 32 hours. Then he leapt out a window as he rained down gunfire and was fatally shot in the head. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)