In brief

Sadr becomes first Iraqi Shia leader to urge Assad to step down

State of emergency in Egypt after IS church bombings kill 44

Iraqi town still suffering 5 months after IS was run out

Syrian refugees give up on West to settle in Egypt

Iran's 1st international marathon begins – with no Americans

Christians hope for an 'open Jerusalem' for Easter

Wilders to field candidates in Dutch municipal elections

New Armenian temple is beacon of hope for Yazidis

Tunisia gives British call-to-prayer DJ year in jail

Somali president shakes up security agencies and urges militants' surrender

100,000 Bangladesh Muslim clerics rally against extremism

Trump's Syria strike came with a message and risks

Jordan king to present Arabs' view on peace at the White House

Girls help preserve Kashmir's Sufi music traditions

EU-hosted Syria conference to shine spotlight on reconstruction

Outcry in Sweden as Muslim school segregates boys and girls

Indian clinic treats Bangladeshis seeking mercy deaths

Iraq reopens hot springs spa amid Mosul war chaos

Russian metro bombing puts Putin's Syria policy to the test

Pope to meet with UK imams in bid to promote moderate Islam

Global outcry over suspected Syria chemical attack

Mali peace conference calls for talks with jihadists

Tajikistan steps up battle against Islamic clothing

California Senate approves state-wide immigrant sanctuary bill

Trump assures Sisi of U.S. support in fight against Islamist militants

Germany vows to uphold religious freedom amid calls for 'Islam law'

Bangladesh upholds death penalties in blogger murder

Tunisia shuts nightclub over call to prayer remix

Eleven killed in suspected suicide bombing on Russian metro train

Terror threats transform China's Uighur heartland into security state

Pakistan seeks apology from radical TV host over hate speech

UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack

Human shields in IS stronghold Raqqa

Police arrest leader of Muslim group behind Jakarta protests

Indian abattoirs end strike on assurances of no Hindu party crackdown

Paris exhibition explores racism amid tensions in France

US judge extends order blocking Trump travel ban

Abbas expects Arab summit backing ahead of talks with Trump

Tunisians demand change to Muslim marriage decree

Legal spat in US over parents wanting to name child "Allah"

Trump has casino trademark in Jordan, where gambling is illegal

Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

EU court lifts asset freeze and travel ban on Gaddafi daughter

Israeli ban on MP visits to flashpoint holy site challenged

Freed from IS, but Iraq's Qaraqosh is now a ghost town

Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked

Myanmar's Suu Kyi faces heavy criticism one year into democratic rule

Indonesian girl howls through circumcision as debate heats up

With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

Few foreigners in eastern Germany but xenophobia is rife

British faith leaders call for tolerance and solidarity after attack

Why the London attacker's links to Saudi Arabia might matter