Turkey's prime minister needs Kurdish support to enact some constitutional changes, but it is not clear that the Kurds are ready to sign on.
In Turkey, Kurdish culture is having something of a Renaissance. Public expressions of Kurdish culture are now legal. Now a new cultural center has opened for traditional Kurdish story-tellers to practice their ancient art.
Vultures are associated with death but they're a welcome presence in the Madzharovo region of Bulgaria. Reporter Matthew Brunwasser took a tour of the Eastern Rhodope Nature Reserve, otherwise known as the Vulture Center.
This year Russia required fourth graders across the country to take a religion class. There are six choices: Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, secular ethics or world religions.
The first Russian-language Islamic channel seeks to foster dialogue among Russia's many Islamic ethnic groups and encourage "moderate" Islam.
Baked at the height of international euphoria about the Obama presidency, the "Baracklava" spends more time on its shelf at the back of the shop these days. It usually only comes out for American tourists.
Church officials says the growth of piety is natural following the collapse of Communism 20 years ago, but Russians, clergy and people alike, are still figuring out what role the church should play.
President Obama's "reset" policy with Russia took a blow this week as the USAID was told to pack its bags and leave the country by October 1, 2012.