In brief

Move over Superman: U.N. taps superheroine Burka Avenger to fight extremism

Egypt puts 17 men on trial for homosexuality

UN meeting on Myanmar spotlights Security Council divisions

Egyptian court hands fresh life sentence to Muslim Brotherhood leader

Turkey's Erdogan links fate of detained U.S. pastor to wanted cleric Gulen

Two Indian Kashmir activists win Norway′s Rafto Prize for human rights

Kurdish independence vote damages U.S. efforts to preserve unified Iraq

Ashura: why the holy day brings fear for Afghan Shias

UNHCR chief appeals for more aid for 'desperate' Rohingya situation

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for 1st time next year

Iraqi PM gives Kurdistan ultimatum on airports, threatens flight ban

Palestinian PM to visit Gaza for reconciliation efforts

Turkey vows to take "all measures" if Iraqi Kurdish referendum endangers security

Merkel faces tricky coalition talks, hard-right 'earthquake'

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions

Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite U.S. warnings

After migrant influx, voters ask: what makes a German?

Anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Merkel: Germany's AfD

French businessman pledges to pay Austrian face veil fines

Study reveals Muslims 'attached' to Europe despite discrimination

Australian anti-Islam senator argues for plebiscite on burka ban

Saudi Shura Council to vote on curbing autonomy of morality police

German nationalist party presents anti-Islam platform

Iraqi Kurds pressure Baghdad with referendum bid

Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

In Algeria, taboos and law deter organ donors

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

Watchdog: Saudi children 'being taught hatred' in religion class

Tunisia repeals ban on Muslim women's marriage of non-Muslims

Amid bitter feud, Erdogan weighs in on German election

Saudi calls for social media informants decried as "Orwellian"

Austria's far right woos voters with restrictive migration policies

Iran arrests sect members over Taheri death penalty protests

Egypt defends human rights position after criticism from OHCHR

Turkey court keeps opposition newspaper staff in custody

U.N. refugee agency urges Hungary to join EU migrant quota plan

Rights groups slam UN council inaction over Myanmar crisis

Bangladesh hospital struggles to cope with Rohingya wounds

Saudi Arabia arrests prominent cleric

'Symbolic' trial of Turkey opposition daily staff to resume

Rights group: Egypt exerts growing control over local media

Egypt blocks Human Rights Watch website amid widespread media blockade

Syrian opposition leader says U.N. mediation has failed

U.S. court deals new blow to Trump travel ban

Suu Kyi says Myanmar trying to protect all citizens in strife-torn state

NY fashion week: Indonesians assert 'Hijabs beautiful'

Top EU court dismisses migration suit brought by Hungary and Slovakia

Saudi Arabia denies warming relations with Iran

Rights group criticises raid on 'lesbians' in Indonesia

NATO forces in Afghanistan apologise for "highly offensive" propaganda leaflet

Myanmar's Suu Kyi denounces terrorists, silent on Rohingya exodus