In brief

Tough road for Iraq's female candidates in May 12 elections

Fear and exodus on front line of jihadist fight in Burkina Faso

Study warns of cholera flare-up in beleaguered Yemen

EU calls Abbas' Holocaust remarks "unacceptable"

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan

Myanmar judge accepts police witness' testimony in press freedom case

Ex-head of Israeli nuclear agency: Netanyahu's Iran speech is 'history'

On his home turf in Egypt, everyone wants piece of Liverpool's Salah

Catholic leaders join criticism of Bavarian crucifix order

Cairo women take to the American football field

Egypt, France see need for Libyan elections by year-end, after "relative progress"

Pakistan's Imran Khan woos electorate: "It's time to make a new Pakistan"

Russian Orthodox Patriarch on first visit to Muslim-majority Albania

Plan by Bavarian conservatives to display crosses triggers row

UN Security Council delegation meets Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Israeli permits a complex tool of control for Palestinians

Facing jail, staff from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper vow to keep working

Tunisian women hit campaign trail as equals to men

Lebanon vote under new rules likely to keep old guard in power

Pakistan's qawwali music fights to be heard after singer's death

Eastern Libya commander Haftar returns after treatment in France

Western powers and allies start new Syrian initiative in Paris

UN council expected to vote on Friday on Western Sahara talks

Israel cancels expulsions of African migrants

Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

German Muslim council says anti-Semitism is a 'sin'

Activist group publishes database of Syria chemical attacks

Egypt fight against IS threatens to spark humanitarian crisis: HRW

Germany donates additional 1 billion euros to Syria

Taliban launches new Afghanistan offensive with U.S. as primary target

Iran president criticises violence by morality police

French Muslims blast anti-Semitism letter as attack on Islam

Death toll from Sunday attack in Kabul rises to 60

Travel ban case is justices' first dive into Trump policy

Safer conditions but wages low on Bangladesh collapse anniversary

Saudi anti-extremism centre hosts French cardinal

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Saudi cinema launch ends decades-old ban, public screenings start today

Indonesia's Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection

Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

Syria probe mission on hold amid security fears

'This is my family': Where the travel ban debate hits home

Turkish president calls snap polls for 24 June

Rebellious fashion: Saudi women embrace sports abayas

Pakistan blasphemy law viewed as blunt instrument to silence dissent

What happened in Douma on 7 April

Children of Iraq's Kawliya return to school after 14-year break

Amnesty report: Women seen linked to militants badly treated in Iraqi camps

Amnesty report: Women seen linked to militants badly treated in Iraqi camps

Boat with 70 Rohingya Muslims leaves Myanmar for Malaysia

Chorus of disapproval over award for German rap album with Auschwitz lyric

Syria rebels say Western strikes 'farce' as long as Assad stays