In brief

Algeria protesters turn focus on political elite, not just Bouteflika

China slams U.S. criticism of Muslim treatment as "absurd"

Algerians await decision on Bouteflika's future

New Gaza rocket threatens truce after Netanyahu warning

Syria's Kurds call for international court to try IS jihadists

U.S. recognition of Israel's Golan claim triggers warnings of aftermath

Amnesty slams Brunei's new 'vicious' Islamic criminal laws

Cat Stevens to perform at Christchurch remembrance event

Morocco's diverse Catholic community awaits Pope Francis

Pakistan places 2 Hindu girls in protection after conversion

Kurds to be key swing vote in Turkey's local elections

Guns and tourists: Aboard the unlikely India-Pakistan 'friendship bus'

Egypt, Jordan and Iraq issue joint call to action against terrorism

Thousands attend NZ vigil, rallying to fight racism in memory of Christchurch victims

Pro-Israel lobby group holds high-profile Washington conference

Egypt slams BBC for 'insulting' anti-Sisi report

Iran to cement ties with Lebanon and Hezbollah despite U.S. pressure

Druze protest Trump's backing of Israeli sovereignty on Golan

Anger and grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100

Female contestant wins Afghan singing competition amid Taliban talks

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim victims

Austrian top court backs expulsion of Turkish government-paid imams

Palestinian-born Berliner leads efforts to rebuild synagogue

Trump backs Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights

Prominent Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany says he faces military prosecution

UN envoy says a 'new Syria' starts with reconciliation

Iranians celebrate Festival of Fire despite economic woes

Egypt tightens restrictions on media and social networks

Algerian students and medics protest against 'dinosaur' Bouteflika

Electioneering Erdogan claims New Zealand attack a wider assault on Turkey

Iran's Rouhani meets Iraq's top Shia cleric

Facing Mecca: Islamic burial for Christchurch mosque attack victims

Iranian minister at loggerheads with ayatollahs over Internet access

Chemnitz attack case to open in special courtroom in Dresden

Malaysian jailed for more than ten years for insulting Islam

Amnesty International: Egyptian activists and media targeted by phishing attacks

For Morocco activist of Jewish descent, Zionism feeds anti-Semitism

Erdogan says Turkey must have control of planned North Syria safe zone

Iran's part in U.S. sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Tunisia: Mobile teams to get voters out for 2 big elections

Germany considers declaring at most 10 nations safe for deportation

Sudan state of emergency curbing public freedoms

Angry and defiant, IS families surrender in Syria

In Albania, a sole Jewish history museum is on the brink

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh convicted after defending women protesters

U.N. religious freedom expert seeks visit to China's Xinjiang

Pakistan begins crackdown on militant groups amid global pressure

Human Rights Watch: Children in Iraq tortured and unfairly tried for alleged IS ties

Moroccan Catholics urge freedom of conscience before papal visit

Al-Aqsa officials to defy Israeli court over prayer

Teaching the Holocaust to 'new Swedes’

Seven Syrian ministers added to EU sanctions list