In brief

Francis to become first pope to visit Arabian peninsula

From Biblical to revival: Jordan's desert winemakers

Morocco meeting to adopt UN migration pact despite withdrawals

U.S. senators grapple with ways to punish Saudis over Khashoggi death

"I feel powerful": Afghan women find freedom in running

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum accuses Myanmar of genocide

Mozambique anti-jihadist forces involved in rights abuses, says Human Rights Watch

Syrian refugee volunteer accused of helping migrants freed on bail

Iraqi parliament again fails to vote on vacant ministries

UN team to begin probe of IS crimes in Iraq in early 2019

If Iran can't export oil from Gulf, no other country can, says Rouhani

Renewed push for peace as Western Sahara talks open in Geneva

Italy investigating 5 Egyptians in Regeni's murder

Nauru refugees suffering from 'extreme' mental health issues

Israel police seeking Netanyahu's indictment in a further corruption case

Women voted into Bahrain's parliament for first time

Conservative Indonesian Muslims hold mass rally in Jakarta

Egyptian film star charged with 'inciting immorality' for wearing see-through dress

Yemen hospital struggles with number of malnourished children

IOC sets up human rights advisory committee starting in 2024

Bitter Iraqis remember George H.W. Bush as 'Mr Embargo'

In Lebanon, climate change devours ancient cedar trees

German mosques should forgo foreign funding, says German interior minister

"One family": Party members take homestays in China's Xinjiang region

Indonesian city to fine LGBT for being 'public nuisance'

Turkey slams UK court extradition rejection as 'unacceptable'

Giulio Regeni: Italy names Egyptian agents as murder suspects

With little aid, Syria's Raqqa struggles to revive schools

Sunni imam shot dead in northern Iran

Tunisians stage first Arab protests against visiting Saudi crown prince

Indonesia's new 'heresy app' draws fire

Award-winning photojournalist Lu Guang detained in Xinjiang province, says wife

Syrian refugee stranded at Malaysian airport lands in Canada

Libyan couple risks ire of hardliners to promote Islamic calligraphy

Syrian Observatory: Air raids hit Idlib's demilitarised zone following Aleppo attack

Crackdown on hardliners as Pakistan detains blasphemy protest cleric

Germany's AfD says it represents Christian values – churches disagree

Indonesia's 'millennials party' draws fire for comments on Sharia bylaws

Syrian Kurdish women march to end gender-based violence

Protest in Myanmar's Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Modi's backers step up holy site dispute as Indian election looms

Iran urges Muslims – including Saudi 'brothers' – to unite against U.S.

'I woke up gay': Malaysian LGBT+ band uses music to fight bias

Yemeni officials: UN envoy in front-line city of Hodeidah

Australia proposes stripping native-born extremists of citizenship

Wife of academic jailed in UAE condemns actions of UK

Egypt reveals it is holding daughter of Muslim Brotherhood leader along with five others

Lebanon's economy faces stark choice: Reform or collapse

Indian government dissolves Kashmir state assembly

Syria's Druze reject Assad's call to serve

Fears of boat exodus as smugglers prey on Rohingya desperation

Central African ex-militia leader 'Rambo' to appear at ICC