Chinese authorities have banned Islamic baby names in the country's largest Muslim province, as part of a crackdown on alleged "extremism" that monitors say restricts fundamental rights.
Comment: In securing Hijazi's release, Trump recognises Sisi’s political terror, but demonstrates that unless US citizens are involved, he's not interested, writes Sam Hamad.
The US Secretary of State notified Congress of plans to review whether sanctions relief given to Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal was in US national security interests.
The international community must condemn Assad's use of incendiary weapons in civilian areas, says HRW's arms division.
Comment: Post-Brexit, the UK is looking to increase its trading relationship with the UAE, and has failed to condemn recent escalating repression in the Gulf state, writes Joe Odell.
Sanctions against Iran have been prolonged by the European Union for an extra year, amid rising tensions over Tehran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
US Senator John McCain has demanded the end of Damascus' 'murderous rampage', calling on Moscow to cease its support of the regime.
Activists say the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes targeted the Idlib and Hama provinces with incendiary bombs, including thermite.
Blog: A viral hashtag has reopened discussion about Egypt's sexual harassment epidemic - but why is it happening and how did it start?
Pope Francis will go ahead with a planned visit to Egypt this month despite the deadly bombings of two Coptic churches which killed 44 people.