In brief

Taliban take centre stage as Kabul cut out of peace talks

Prince of IS-ravaged Yazidis buried in Iraq

British lawmakers say highest Saudi authorities may be responsible for activists' torture

Forty years on, Iran's revolutionaries have mixed feelings

Pope condemns Yemen war before touching down in the UAE

In Mosul exhibition, Iraqi artists process brutal rule of Islamic State

Erdogan says Turkey keeping 'low-level' contact with Syria

Egypt MPs table law amendment to extend Sisi rule

Rohingya insurgents vow to continue fight against 'genocidal' Myanmar

Iranian women see new opportunities alongside old barriers

Election fever grips Tunisia months ahead of polls

China pushes Xinjiang internment camps out of sight and out of reach

Celebrations to mark 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution begin in Iran

Atheist blogger appeals for funds to help him 'Escape Egypt'

UN eyes second round of Western Sahara talks in March

Muezzin muscled out: Israeli mosque fires bodybuilder

U.S. lawmakers nominate jailed Uighur scholar for Nobel peace prize

Bashir's hometown split as anti-government protests hit Sudan

Lebanese leaders finally agree a new government

Senate chief rebukes Trump over Syria pull-out

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Asia Bibi expected to leave Pakistan after court upholds her acquittal

Al-Qaida's advance in northern Syria threatens fragile truce

Afghans hopeful of possible peace deal with insurgent Taliban

Sudan top spy orders release of detainees held in protests

UN legal expert to present Khashoggi report before June

French jihadists returning home from Syria will go to prison

Philippines urges calm after grenade attack on mosque kills 2

Iraqis amid Mosul's silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

Syria says Turkey must pull troops to revive security pact

France's Macron to press Egyptian president on human rights

Germany's Merkel calls for "zero tolerance" of anti-Semitism and hate

Iraqi priest who saved Christian heritage ordained Mosul archbishop

Philippines cathedral bombing sparks peace process worries

UN official to arrive in Turkey for inquiry into Khashoggi murder

New 'Long Live Tunisia' party born, to be led by PM

Ramadan pushes Africa Cup of Nations back by one week

Blasphemy lawyer returns to Pakistan to aid in Bibi appeal

UAE sees pope's visit as way to build bridges

German Jewish leader 'threatened' after criticising far-right AfD

Jakarta ex-governor Purnama freed from prison after blasphemy sentence

Israel charges Jewish teen over Palestinian's killing

Egypt 'more dangerous' than ever for government critics says Amnesty

Turkey says has capacity to create "safe zone" in Syria alone

In rural Tunisia, inheritance reform offers women rare boost

Bosnian Muslims anger Serbs with name change plan

Hamas refuses to let Qatar pay Gaza salaries

Calls for action as Bangladesh migrant deaths spike

Pakistani activist arrested; Amnesty calls for release

No politics please for Baghdad bikers aiming to unite Iraq

Iraqi PM makes first visit to protest-hit Basra

Indonesia sets conditions for release of Abu Bakar Bashir