In brief

UN pushes for truce and aid at Yemen talks

Pakistan rejects U.S. blacklist for religious freedom violations

Palestinians offer new details of Israel's botched Gaza raid

EU court rejects Mubarak's bid to end European sanctions

Turkey to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within days

Mass graves found near ex-IS Syrian stronghold

Lebanon will form a new government despite the obstacles, says caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil

Strasbourg shooting suspect identified

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

Time 'Persons of the Year': Jamal Khashoggi and other targeted journalists

Jubilant Malay Muslims rally after Malaysia refuses UN racial equality pledge

Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan camp shows migrant challenges

Turkey targets ex-airforce staff over alleged coup links

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

Morocco and Polisario Front agree to new West Sahara talks next year

As election nears, religious tensions surge in an Indian village

Ex-captives describe torture by Yemen's Houthi rebels

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