In brief

Rouhani says U.S. must lift sanctions before tensions can be eased

Mauritanian president defends continued detention of 'infidelʹ blogger

Egypt detains eight for funding plot to 'overthrow state'

Sri Lanka police overturn local council ban on Muslims

In Pakistan's northern mountains, plastic bags face the bin

U.S. to consider sanctions in case of more Sudan violence

Climate change threatens peace efforts: SIPRI

Iran 'never seeks war' with U.S., says Rouhani

Khashoggi fiancee Cengiz demands further UN investigations

Pope seeks more freedom in theology and dialogue with Islam

Ekrem Imamoglu: Turkey's rising political star

Sudan's protesters accept roadmap for civilian rule

Iran and U.S. trade barbs ahead of new sanctions

Jordan and Egypt say will attend U.S.-led Mideast peace meeting

Tunisia approves law excluding presidential candidate leading in polls

Iran says U.S. Middle East peace plan is "shameful" and "doomed to failure"

Turkey's opposition strikes blow to Erdogan with Istanbul mayoral win

Turkish lira firms after opposition wins Istanbul election

Algeria arrests 18 protesters over Berber flag

Sunday's Istanbul vote "a lose-lose situation" for Erdogan

Hundreds demonstrate for civilian rule in Sudan's state capitals

Those who oppose military are 'enemies of Algeria', says army head

U.S. Senate votes to block arm sales to Saudi Arabia

U.S. adds Saudi Arabia and Cuba to worst human traffickers list

Iran defiant over drone as Trump reportedly halts retaliatory strikes

UN chief insists he cannot set up probe into Khashoggi killing

In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

Court declares Britain's arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful

Shut out from Bangladesh schools, Rohingyas turn to madrassas

Sudan's army calls for unconditional talks with protesters

UN expert eyes probe of Saudi prince role in Khashoggi death

Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency'

Calls mount for inquiry into death of Egypt's ex-president Morsi

Opposition Istanbul candidate shaking up Turkish politics

Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters mourn Egypt's Morsi in Turkey

Russia warns U.S. over extra troop deployment to Middle East

Turkish lira weakens on report detailing possible U.S. sanctions

Egypt's Morsi likely 'more popular' after death

Europe's last-ditch attempt to save Iran nuclear deal

Amnesty International urges fair Egyptian inquiry into Morsi's death

Senior EU diplomat, back from Iran, shows support for nuclear deal

In Algeria, conservatives weigh in against pressure for Western-style democracy

Far-right AfD fails to win its first German mayor seat

UN anti-terror official makes controversial trip to Xinjiang

Sudan's Bashir appears before prosecutor

Heat wave hits Iraq – and sparks begin to fly

Mecca Clock becomes a tourist draw

In Afghanistan, conspiracy theories fuel polio outbreak

German Middle East analyst Guido Steinberg: We should prepare for war between the U.S. and Iran

Abused women take courage in Morocco

My video's funnier than yours: Pakistan and India trade parodies before cricket World Cup

Sisi: Egypt will always support Haftar’s army forces