In brief

Frugal fare for Ramadan in Damascus as war saps spending

Moroccan film tackles taboo of unmarried mothers

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

Bahrain defends decision to host White House Middle East meeting

Algeria's army chief: Elections are the way out of current crisis

Iraq to send delegations to U.S. and Iran to calm tensions

Protesters vow to break army's grip as Sudan talks falter

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

Iraq's racy TV in Ramadan revives an industry – and draws censure

EU human rights commissioner calls out Hungary on refugees

Turkey orders arrest of 249 foreign ministry staff

Subianto supporters clash with Indonesian police after election loss

India's marathon election ends; ballot counting begins on Thursday

Trump and Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict

German parliament denounces Israel boycott movement

Catholics criticise Salvini for flaunting Christian symbols at rally

Sudan army rulers say civil talks to resume as Islamists protest

Germany's top integration official mulls Austrian-style headscarf ban

Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

2020 White House hopefuls turn to foreign policy, slamming Trump on Iran

Traumatised by conflict, animals find haven in Jordan

Saudi calls for urgent Arab talks over Iran tensions

Trump tells officials he does not want war with Iran

China pushes inter-ethnic marriage in Xinjiang assimilation drive

Lebanon bids farewell to influential Christian clergyman Nasrallah Boutrous Sfeir

Fiancee of slain writer Khashoggi pleads for U.S. response

Sudan protesters vow to press on after talks suspended

Pakistan's Hazaras fear for their lives in besieged 'ghettos'

Eurovision hopefuls tune up in Israel amid boycott calls

Austrian Muslims to challenge school headscarf ban in court

U.S. strategy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran won't work, says Russia

Sudan army rulers and protesters agree on 3-year transition period

U.S. and coalition allies appear divided on Iran threat

Germany sees 20% rise in anti-Semitic crime in 2018, blames far-right

Students clash over hijab at Tehran University

Macron and Ardern host Paris summit against online extremism

Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal

Tunisia PM reassures farmers over EU trade deal

Pompeo says agreed with Putin on Syria progress

In Iraq, academics restock Mosul's barren bookshelves

Rebels named leaders of Philippine Muslim territory

Sri Lanka blocks social media after anti-Muslim riots

Algerian protests, in 12th week, demand release of opposition leader

Brunei denies gay discrimination despite sodomy stoning law

Qatar urges Saudi to remove hajj obstacles to its citizens

Germany debates 'mosque tax' to replace foreign funding

In Jerusalem's Old City, lantern maker lights up Ramadan

Macron defends Saudi arms sales with new shipment in focus

New talks on Sudan civil rule

Critics knock Egypt's new Ramadan series-streaming app

Algerian military court jails opposition leader Hanoune

Ousted Istanbul mayor Imamoglu says election re-run a battle for democracy