In brief

Pakistan Taliban reject Islamic State leader's claim to be ″caliph″

Tourism in Christ's birthplace down ahead of Christmas

Extremist leader wants ban on "vampire" Christmas celebrations in Israel

Christmas biscuit bake-in with Muslim refugees in Dresden

Some heed Pope Francis's call to succour refugees while others look away

Arab League backs UN plan to end Syria war

Qatar's channel to militants possibly dangerous, possibly useful

Pakistan confused at inclusion in Saudi-led anti-terrorism coalition

Jailed Saudi blogger honoured with top EU rights prize

Smuggled Syria photos ″damning evidence″ of crimes against humanity: HRW

Saudi Arabia forms Islamic military coalition

US plumber sues after truck shown with Syria militants

Indonesia confronts extremists with own brand of Islam

Malala condemns Trump's ″ideology of hatred″

On rainy Scottish isle, Syrians struggle to adapt

Australian teenager pleads guilty to a ″terrorism″ charge

Music video lambasts recruitment of Palestinians to Israel's army

Pakistan defiant one year after Taliban school massacre

Militant Sunni group claims deadly Pakistan market blast

Egypt author says authorities pressed venue to ban gathering

Pakistan religious school distances itself from California shooter

Pen-selling refugee finds success in Beirut

Over 35,000 Britons petition to ban Trump from UK after ″Muslim ban″ comments

UAE's Landmark Group dumps Trump products over Muslim ban call

French parties scramble to halt rise of far-right National Front

"You ain't no Muslim, bruv": Britons defiant over "terrorist" knife attack

Syrian opposition to meet next week in Riyadh

Mystery surrounds fate of ″injured″ Afghan Taliban chief

Syrian refugees recount migration through theatre - and look to Europe

Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" interrupts German right-wingers' demo in Mainz

Pakistani couple jailed in Germany for ″honour killing″

Statue of Liberty inspired by Arab woman

Egyptian journalist to be detained 15 days after return from Germany

Anti-war protesters march in London on eve of Syria strikes vote

Israel to open first ever official diplomatic presence in Abu Dhabi

Pioneering Muslim feminist writer Fatima Mernissi dies

Pope says fundamentalism is ″disease of all religions″

Pakistan and Afghan leaders vow to resume Taliban peace talks

Saudi invites 65 Syrian opposition figures to Riyadh ahead of peace talks

Germany rules out co-operation with Assad as cabinet meets on IS campaign

Norway posts ads in Afghan papers to dissuade migrants

Suu Kyi says Myanmar cabinet to include ethnic groups and other parties

Police report migrants turned back from Australia arrive in Indonesia

Prominent Pakistani opposition figure charged with aiding terrorists

Yemeni city battered by siege in pivotal battle of civil war

Turkish journalists arrested after report on weapons delivery

Anti-Muslim crime soars in Britain after Paris attacks

Australian government defends plan to take 12,000 Syrian refugees

Iranian court sentences Washington Post reporter Rezaian to prison

UK opposition faces split over Syria air strikes

Television presenter suspended for criticising al-Sisi

British police still shun guns despite Paris attacks