In brief

Alcohol rules again loosen as Dubai seeks economic recovery

Mali’s President Keita resigns, mutinying soldiers promise fresh elections

Lebanon tribunal convicts Hezbollah member in 2005 Hariri murder but exonerates group's leadership

Algeria turns to Islamic finance to prop up economy

EU urges Turkey to halt gas hunt in east Mediterranean

Egypt approves law to protect identities of women reporting sex abuse

Bahrain woman charged with insulting Hindu religious symbol

Member quits Cologne FC over mosque on shirt, while Bayern Munich probe racism

Saudis silent over Israel deal, but covert ties under focus

UN defeats U.S. demand to extend arms embargo on Iran

Macron urges new Middle East peace talks after call with Abbas

Telephone service begins between Israel and UAE after historic deal

India coronavirus deaths hit 50,000

Many of Beirut's hospitals "non-functional" following deadly blast, WHO warns

#Don't_Execute: viral campaign to stop Iran protester hangings

Lebanon's military gets sweeping new powers amid anger over Beirut explosion

MBZ, the UAE strongman behind historic deal with Israel

Senior Mali officials obstructing peace efforts: UN experts

Uncertainty surrounds Israel’s West Bank plans after UAE deal

Afghanistan starts releasing final 400 Taliban prisoners ahead of peace talks

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to arson balloons

Myanmar bars Rohingya candidate from election

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Two dead in Bangalore violence over anti-Islam Facebook post

Islamic court in northern Nigeria sentences man to death for blasphemy

Lebanese protesters call for downfall of president and political elite over Beirut blast

Lebanon's leaders were warned in July about explosives at port

Six Gulf Arab countries back extending UN arms embargo on Iran

Syria doctors fear coronavirus spreading faster than clinics can test

Trump to meet Iraqi PM as ties rebound

Iran says Beirut blast should not be politicised

Turkish president slams Egypt-Greece deal, drilling resumes

Donors pledge 253 mln euros in emergency aid for Lebanon after blast

Beirut protestors call for fall of government on second day of demonstrations

Pakistan demands Kashmir action while ignoring China's Uighurs

"They killed us twice": finding loved ones at last among Syria's tortured dead

Athens Muslims fear mosque delay after Hagia Sophia conversion

Indonesia jails Muslim for destroying Koran

Lebanese diaspora mobilises after deadly Beirut blast

Israel’s Tel Aviv lights up with Lebanon flag

Lebanese police tear gas anti-government protesters in wake of devastating blast

Beirut residents awake to scenes of devastation after deadly port explosion

Record temperatures and pending deals inflame Iraq's power woes

Australian envoy visits detained British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert in Iran

Modi enjoys twin triumphs for India's Hindu nationalists

Egypt calls for suspension of Nile dam talks

Offers of assistance pour in for Lebanon after deadly Beirut explosions

Thousands rally in Pakistan one year after India's move on Kashmir

Germany's SPD expels author Thilo Sarrazin over Islam comments after 10-year battle

New losses for Mali army at height of political crisis

With a heavy hand, India rides out Kashmir's year of disquiet

Verdict looms in killing of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri