Travel Shore leave: a sunset stroll

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', be the first to catch the Australian sunrise, then re-align your chakras on the shores of New South Wales's blissed-out beach retreat

Scouts follow Girl Guides by offering an alternative to God oath

The Scout Association has launched an alternative godless version of its oath in a bid to be more welcoming to young atheists – but was criticised by some secularists for not going far enough.

Believers walk past Salt Lake Temple ahead of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ biannual meeting in Salt Lake City

Mormon leader Dieter Uchtdorf says church has 'made mistakes'

Speech seen as effort at modernising a growing religion with a history of squashing dissent

The teaching of Christianity is ‘inadequate’ in one in three primary schools, according to the Ofsted report

Ofsted says religious education teaching 'not good enough'

Damning report comes as no surprise to education lobbyists and a teachers' union

The scene in Mombasa

Mombasa riots: At least four killed in Kenyan port city after imam killing

Ibrahim Omar and three others were shot dead as on Thursday

One in four young people 'do not trust Muslims'

A quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds in Britain "do not trust Muslims", the results of a BBC poll have suggested. 

People light candles during a memorial ceremony for the Christian victims of twin suicide bombing that targeted a Christian Church in Peshawar, in Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan church blast: Beleaguered Christians fear Peshawar bombing will not be the last

Soon after news of the bombing of Peshawar’s elegantly designed 19th-century All Saints church broke, Pakistan’s beleaguered Christians came out on the streets of its main cities.

Post mortem: Victims of the clashes

Uttar Pradesh rocked: Hindu-Muslim violence erupts
as India's electoral battle looms

Politicians accused of inflaming tensions after Muslims flee homes in Uttar Pradesh

This ban does not bode well for Britain's multicultural future

The ruling holds wider implications for the place of Muslims in British society

Nadia Eweida claimed she suffered discrimination at work because of her faith

Christians forced to hide their faith by equality laws, says senior Liberal Democrat MP

Britain's longest-serving current Lib Dem, Sir Alan Beith, says 'silly things' happen because people don't understand principles of secularism

Reflections on Yom Kippur: The importance of admitting that people make mistakes

That's the one thing all religions have in common

Pope Francis gestures upon his arrival in St Peter's square

Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Young and disaffected Muslims will view French securality schools charter as simply the status quo

It’s true that challenges to secular religion come mostly from intolerant strains of Islam

Three held over mosque arson attack

Three teenagers have been arrested by police investigating an arson attack on a mosque.

Selected Poems, by Robert Graves, edited by Michael Longley. Faber & Faber, £15.99

Superb artistry marks the verse of a writer who survived the trenches and built his own myth

Man found guilty of murdering atheist friend in argument over existence of God

Douglas Yim now faces 126 years to life in prison

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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable