Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it

 A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi`ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.

Iran deal heartens Syria's Assad, worries rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signalled on Tuesday he expected more support from his top regional ally Iran in the wake of a nuclear deal that includes Western states that have backed the insurgency against him.

Car bomb in Yemeni capital hits mourners, 28 wounded - medics, residents

A car bomb hit a group of mourners in the Yemeni capital Sanaa overnight, residents said, in an attack that medics said wounded around 28 people, some critically.

Top Muslim body condemns China's Ramadan restriction

The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning, Al-Azhar, condemned China on Friday for imposing restriction on fasting in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region during the holy month of Ramadan.

Arab air strikes pound Houthi strongholds across Yemen

 Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Monday against Yemen`s Houthi militia positions in the north, centre and south of the country, residents said.

Pakistan PM says Iran should be involved in Yemen debate

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on Tuesday for Iran to get involved in a debate on security in Yemen as parliament resumed discussion on whether Pakistan should join a Saudi-led campaign against Iran-allied Yemeni forces.

Saudi request for help in Yemen puts Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in a bind

Pakistan`s parliament begins debating a Saudi plea for military help in Yemen on Monday, a request that pits Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s staunch Saudi allies against a war-weary Pakistani public.

Top Muslim body condemns Kenya massacre

The Cairo-based top Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar on Saturday condemned the massacre of nearly 150 people at Kenya`s Garissa University by Somalia`s Shebab Islamists.

Palestinian rappers fume at Israel's Likud over song

Palestinian rappers threatened legal action on Sunday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party for using their song in an Islamic State group-themed campaign ad for Israel's March election.

Gunmen kill soldier in Lebanon`s Tripoli: Army

Gunfire killed a soldier on Tuesday in Lebanon`s main northern city of Tripoli, where clashes often break out between Sunni Muslim gunmen and troops, the Lebanese army said.

Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120

Shi'ite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled in the streets of the Yemeni capital for a second day on Friday in fighting that has killed at least 120 people, driven thousands from their homes and virtually shut down the country's main airport.

Hollywood director Aronofsky watches his `Noah` in Kochi

Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky, who has helmed `Noah`, caught the movie at a hall in Kochi in Kerala.

Iran seeks to allay Gulf Arab nuclear fears

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Shiite Iran on Thursday sought to allay concerns among mainly Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab monarchies mistrustful of Tehran over its nuclear ambitions.

Egypt`s Sunni Muslim institution issues fatwa over Russell Crowe`s `Noah`

Egypt`s Sunni Muslim institution Al Azhar has issued a fatwa against the Darren Aronofsky-produced `Noah.`

Islamist militants strengthen grip on Iraq``s Falluja

Al Qaeda and other insurgent groups have tightened their grip on Falluja, defying the Shi`ite-led Iraqi government`s efforts to persuade local tribesmen to expel them from the Sunni Muslim city, residents and officials say.

Bodies of 14 kidnapped Sunni tribesmen found in Iraq

Bodies of 14 Sunni Muslim tribesmen were found in date palm groves north of Baghdad, a day after they were kidnapped by uniformed men in security forces vehicles, Iraqi police and medics said.

Iraqi army shells Falluja to try to dislodge Qaeda, tribes

The Iraqi army shelled the western city of Falluja with mortar bombs overnight to try to wrest back control from Sunni Muslim militants and tribesmen, killing at least eight people, tribal leaders and officials said on Saturday.

Wave of attacks kill 70 people in Iraq

Baghdad: A double car bombing and a shooting killed 34 Shiite Muslims on pilgrimage in Iraq on Monday, the deadliest in a wave of attacks across the country that left at least 70 dead. It was the bloodiest day of violence in nearly two months.

Sectarian clashes kill at least 40 in Yemen

Ultraconservative Sunni Muslim militants and rebels belonging to a branch of Shiite Islam battled each other in northern Yemen.

Sectarian clashes in northern Lebanese city kill 8

Lebanon`s state news agency says clashes between supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad and opponents killed eight people in the northern city of Tripoli over the weekend.