In brief

Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani says security forces must keep peace

Iraqi protesters gather in key squares to keep up pressure on cabinet

Journalists Ahmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak freed in Turkey

OPCW report to identify culprits of Syria chemical weapons attacks

Crowds in Syria pelt Turkish-Russian patrol with stones

Turkey says it has captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's sister in Syria

Iraqi security forces use live fire to disperse Baghdad protesters

UN chief 'shocked' by death toll in Iraq protests

EU concerned at Iran's latest plans to reduce nuclear commitments

No Kashmiri flag or constitution under Indian-imposed changes

Angela Merkel calls Kashmir situation 'not sustainable' during India visit

Radical Pakistani cleric mulls move after PM Imran Khan refuses to step down

Five candidates running to replace ousted Algerian president Bouteflika

Thirsty crops and leaky infrastructure drive Tunisia's water crisis

No negotiations with U.S., says Khamenei

Protesters block roads across Lebanon

As Iraq and Lebanon protests flare, Iran clings to hard-earned sway

Blocking police at checkpoints, Iraqis revel in people power

Iranians chant "Death to America" to mark U.S. embassy seizure

Iraq’s PM urges protesters to stop, saying unrest is hurting the economy

Lebanon's president calls for new government of technocrats to push economic reforms

Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU migrant law

Thousands rally in Pakistan to demand Imran Khan step down

Indian Kashmir losing migrant workers as militants find new target

Iraqi protesters reject leadership changes and demand systemic overhaul

U.S. treasury secretary to hold talks in India as pressure builds on Iran

Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

Syrian government and opposition attempt direct talks after years of war

India moves to divide Jammu and Kashmir state despite protests and attacks

In historic vote, U.S. House recognises 'Armenian genocide'

Algeria registers 22 candidates for presidential vote

Human Rights Watch criticises Algeria's closure of churches and crackdown

U.S. raises 'outrageous' detention of journalist with Egypt

Masked gunmen attack protesters in Iraq's holy city of Karbala; 18 killed

Lebanon government falls, as protesters demand 'more'

Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi ousted by main backers amid protests

Iraqi Kurds turn to Zoroastrianism as faith and identity entwine

Defying crackdown, thousands of Iraqis keep protesting

Lebanon protesters block roads to keep revolt alive

IMF stresses urgency of reforms in Lebanon to restore economic stability

Pakistan denies use of airspace to Indian prime minister

Large anti-government procession heads to Pakistan's capital

Iraq opens 2nd camp to cope with Syrian Kurd influx

Abu Bakr Baghdadi's aide was key to his capture

Erdogan says will clear 'terrorists' from Syria border if Sochi deal fails

India holds Kashmir elections despite lockdown

After withdrawal, Trump shifts focus to Syria oil fields

Lebanon's President Aoun invites protesters to talk and hints at government reshuffle

Iraqi police fire tear gas as protesters hit Baghdad streets

Between hope and horror, Iraqis brace for new protests

Turkish and Syrian ambassadors clash at UN Security Council

India and Pakistan set to sign pilgrim corridor pact amid Kashmir tension