In brief

Iran drops spy charge for detained French academic

Islamic extremists' toll in Burkina Faso rising

Iran fires missiles at U.S. troop bases in Iraq

Huge crowds in Iran for commander's funeral, daughter warns U.S. of 'dark day'

Turkey to back Libya deployment bill but troops unlikely for now

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to seek immunity from corruption charges

Rock-throwing Iraqi militias quit U.S. Embassy after protests

Assailants attack several protest camps across Lebanon

Israel bars Gaza's Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas

Malaysian Muslims handed jail terms for missing prayers

Princeton researcher freed from Iran urges release of other prisoners

India's Supreme Court delays hearing citizenship law pleas

Uighur human rights activist Ilham Tohti awarded EU Sakharov Prize

Everyone welcome? Gay football fans prepare for Qatar World Cup

Egyptians in Qatar ready for Salah-mania despite boycott

Pakistan court sentences former dictator Musharraf to death

Spontaneous protest hounds former Lebanese PM from concert

Turkey detains nearly 200 over Gulen links

"Night of horrors": Inside the Indian university stormed by police

India's Hindu nationalist trajectory under Modi

Untiring protesters come up against immovable elite in Algeria

Amnesty says 304 people killed in November Iran protests

Israeli diplomat rebuffs anti-Semitic claim against German ambassador

UN extends Palestinian refugee mission until 2023

Backer of Iraq anti-government protests killed in Baghdad

Rhythm and smiles as Morocco's Gnawa artists cheer UNESCO listing

Student protests against India's citizenship law spread after clashes on campuses

Clashes rock Beirut as security forces fire tear gas at protest

Iraqi families fear worst after protesters abducted

Algeria awaits outcome of election marred by unrest

Iraq protesters form 'mini-state' in Baghdad's Tahrir Square

India protest hotspot offline as two shot dead

Election-weary Israel to face third vote in a year

China ramps up campaign to re-define 'human rights'

Nobel winner Suu Kyi's army defence blasted in Myanmar genocide case

Indian president disregards protests and signs controversial citizenship bill into law

Egypt court hands exiled dissident Mohamed Ali jail term for tax evasion

No Christmas tinsel in Iraq, in solidarity with protesters

French pair held in Iran to face Revolutionary Court

Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies to launch a "New Alliance of Virtue"

Protesters rally in Indian Assam to oppose citizenship bill

Desert locust infestation raises fears of food insecurity in Pakistan

Boko Haram killed 275 in Cameroon in 2019, says Amnesty

7 Nobel Laureates ask Suu Kyi be held accountable for crimes

Aung San Suu Kyi in court to refute Myanmar genocide allegations

Two Tunisian parties reject coalition role proposed by prime minister-designate Habib Jemli

Iran unveils budget of 'resistance' against U.S. sanctions

Algeria's presidential debate falls flat, as anger simmers

Lebanon's al-Khatib ends PM candidacy, says Sunnis want Hariri again

Prominent civil activist Fahem al-Tai gunned down in Iraq shrine city Karbala

Thousands rally in Algeria to protest upcoming presidential polls

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