In brief

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

Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist 'Shawkan' freed from jail

Algeria: Anger boils despite president's offer to protesters

Ilhan Omar: questioning the U.S. relationship with Israel and the influence game in Washington

With worries of war and an upcoming election, support surges for India's Modi

Handelsblatt: Germany should take back Islamic State fighters

Jews live in the shadows in Muslim-majority Indonesia

U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem merges with Israel embassy

Grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar calls polygamy an 'injustice'

'Respect' for Luxembourg PM after he challenges Arab leaders on gay rights

Senegal's Sall in sweeping election victory

Israeli musician with Iraqi roots finds fans from Tel Aviv to Baghdad

UN envoy proposes new international forum for Syria

U.S. offers $1 million reward to find bin Laden's son

Family devastated by Belgian ruling not to bring back Islamic State children

Bangladesh tells UN it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

India welcomes Pakistan's return of captured pilot, as powers urge de-escalation

Somali refugee's fight against 'silent killer' of FGM inspires film

Digital exhibits keep Tunisia revolution vibrant

Amnesty urges Morocco to free dissident journalist

U.S. senators unconvinced by Saudi briefing

Iraq saves France thorny repatriations of IS jihadists

Iran's Rouhani clings to Zarif after diplomat's shock resignation

Save The Children reports traumatisation of thousands of IS children

India says doesn't want 'escalation' after Pakistan air strike

Lebanon shrugs at Britain's full ban on Hezbollah