In brief

Qatar: year of crisis spurred rights reforms

German AfD party rejected from intelligence panel

IMF does not want austerity in Tunisia, says spokesman

Russia at UN warns collapse of Iran deal would be 'alarming'

Tunisia 'queer film festival' seeks to make a difference

Ex-president Khatami: Iranian authorities should listen to popular demands

Saudi Arabia to grant tourist visas to some foreign citizens

Minorities in north Iraq look to post-jihadist future

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against "un-Islamic" suicide bombings

Israel slams Palestinian leader over anti-Trump speech

Cranes arrive in Hodeidah to boost Yemen food aid flow

Iran frees 440 people arrested during protests

Tunisia's first LGBTQ radio station keeps playing despite threats

Around 40 killed in Kabul blasts targeting Shia centre

Saudi Arabia and UAE to roll out VAT in 2018

Pakistan closes 27 NGOs in what activists see as widening crackdown