In brief

Syrian rebel groups say they will freeze peace talks

Christmas message leads to death threats in Pakistan

Pope isn't seeking Islam, Christianity merger

Bangladesh police say ruling party lawmaker shot dead

UN backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as ceasefire wavers

Hurriyet: Turkey sees IS link to Istanbul attack

Massachusetts Muslim cemetery to go ahead after year-long fight

Bosnia's main university suspends classes during Muslim prayers

Merkel says Islamist terrorism is biggest test for Germany

Armless Syrian boy thrives in US, hopes family can join him

Myanmar to investigate police abuse of Rohingya

Mauritania delays top court ruling on 'infidel' blogger

Indonesia police say Christmas bomb plot foiled

Appeals against hatred at memorial service following Berlin attack

Slovakian president vetoes restrictive church law targeting Muslims

Refugee returns lost money to German woman

12 killed in 'probable terrorist attack' in Berlin Christmas market

Gunman wounds three in Zurich mosque rampage

Turkish police detain six after Russian ambassador shot dead

Egyptian court suspends author's jail sentence over sexually explicit book

Farrakhan sees a new opening for black separatist message

Indian PM's camp seeks support from unlikely quarter: Muslim women

Ten policemen in Egypt charged with torturing man to death

UN to vote Monday on sending observers to Aleppo

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Malaysia calls for ASEAN to co-ordinate aid for Myanmar's Rohingya

Swiss high court slaps down effort to ban university's Islamic centre

2016, the year the IS 'caliphate' buckled

EU to seek summit with Turkey next month

White House warns against ditching Iran deal, as sanctions become law

Iraqi businessman erects tallest Christmas tree in Baghdad

Indonesia minister says government not losing to radicals

Popular Chinese Muslim website down after posting letter critical of Xi

Aleppo evacuations gather pace as rebels, civilians leave

No new chapters on Turkey's EU membership talks

Head of al-Azhar: Western modernity 'not best' for Muslim women

After Aleppo ceasefire, rebel and civilian pullout delayed

UN sounds alarm over horrors suffered by migrants detained in Libya

Tunisian court okays marriage of pregnant 13-year-old

Islamic State claims Cairo Coptic bombing

Lebanese women protest against rape law

Trouble stirs in sands of Western Sahara

Mosul doctors struggle to save civilians on Iraq front line

Why is Jakarta's governor on trial for blasphemy?

Seeking common ground in Myanmar's bitter religious divide

American comic's show cancelled in Saudi Arabia

Turkey detains more than 100 in raids against pro-Kurdish party

Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

Over 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo in 24 hours

Head of UN criminal tribunal calls on Turkey to release UN judge

US churches vow to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants

Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons