The crackdown has cast a shadow on the monarchy's much-publicised liberalisation drive launched by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The move to cut aid to UNRWA has put at risk the survival of 60,000 Palestinians living below the poverty line, and is likely to cause major social disruption within the refugee settlements of Lebanon.
Global Witness reports Daesh in Afghanistan are trying to wrest control of talc mines from other armed groups in Nangarhar.
Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak's statement in court is just the first step in unraveling a scandal with so many unanswered questions.
There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread by fruit bats. Doctors say the virus is risky if proper control steps are not followed.
A blast in Kandahar and attacks by Taliban militants in the eastern Ghazni province have killed dozens of people in the latest wave of violence in Afghanistan, officials say.
Australian archbishop, Philip Wilson, was found guilty of concealing child sex abuse by a priest and is expected to be sentenced by the court in June, making him the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted on such a charge.
In Syria, it was traditionally a man's job to provide for families but since the war, women refugees are taking on the role of being the sole provider. In southern Turkey, that means some have had to take on new skills in order to find work.
Thai police set up barriers along some roads near the Government House in Bangkok and carried out security checks for the opposition march marking four years since a May 22, 2014 coup.
Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to 1MDB since the scandal erupted in 2015, and has said $681 million of funds deposited in his personal bank account were a donation from a Saudi royal.
Flags should be hung in a "prominent position" in all mosque courtyards for the places of worship to become "a solid platform for the study of the party and the country's laws and policies," the China Islamic Association says.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also says that the Middle East has to be cleansed of all nuclear weapons, in an apparent reference to Israel which is believed to be the only nation in the region to possess them.
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