Middle East

Isis' kitten recruitment strategy

An "unprecedented" amount of people are flocking to join ISIS in part thanks to the terror group's love of posting ...

In an attempt to recruit more jihadi brides, Isis is using kittens in their social media.

Taliban appoint new leader

The Afghan Taliban have named Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour's replacement.

Confusion over the death of Taliban leader Manour appears to have been cleared up with his replacement named.

British bombs used in Yemen?

People check the site of a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen.

British-made cluster munitions may have been used by Saudi-led coaltion in Yemen conflict.

Uncertainty on leader's death

Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Afghan Taliban militants leader, seen in this undated handout photograph by the Taliban.

Pakistan's interior minister says he could not confirm Afghan Taliban leader killed in a US drone strike.

Turkish plane bomb hoax

A note threatening a bomb attack on a Turkish Airlines plane at Istanbul's Attaturk Airport turned out to be a hoax.

Turkish Airlines plane at Istanbul's main airport evacuated and searched after a note threatening a bomb attack.

Bombs kill more than 140 in Syria

Russian forces at the port of Tartous and at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria's Latakia province.

Bomb blasts kill scores of people in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast.

Bomber kills 40 recruits in Yemen

A boy stands next to soldiers from the Saudi-led coalition securing a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.

​A suicide bomber killed at least 40 army recruits and injured dozens of others in the Yemeni city of Aden.

Taliban leader confirmed dead

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, former Taliban leader, was killed in a US air strike.

Obama confirmed that the leader of the Afghan Taliban had been killed in an air strike.

Top Taliban commander killed

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was killed in a targeted US drone strike, Afghanistan has confirmed.

Afghanistan confirms targeted US drone strike killed the insurgent group's leader.

Drones strike at Taliban leader

A US drone in Pakistan likely killed the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

The US carried out a drone strike against the leader of Afghan Taliban.

Taliban leader likely killed

A drone strike in northern Pakistan, near the Afghan border, is likely to have killed Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour, ...

US drone strike likely to have killed Taliban leader, US officials say.

'Ramadan attacks on West'

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a spokesman for ISIS, was reported to be the voice in the audio recording.

A new message from IS calls on followers to launch attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.

Baghdad imposes curfew

Anti-government protesters storm Baghdad's Green Zone.

Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters who stormed into Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone.

Deported for checking phone

Checking someone else's phone in the United Arab Emirate is considered a breach of their privacy.

Checking her husband's phone proved costly for a woman in the United Arab Emirates.

Job-matching service for refugees

Welcome Talent is a LinkedIn micro-site that puts asylum seekers in Sweden in touch with companies offering internships ...

LinkedIn has launched an initiative that matches asylum seekers with companies willing to employ them.

Three Baghdad bombings kill 70

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq.

At least 72 people killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad.

Crackdown on 'immoral' models

Wedding-dress model Elham Arab appears in front of a prosecutor with her blond hair tucked under a chador.

Iran officials are prosecuting models found posing with their hair uncovered on Instagram.

Ancient Roman cargo recovered video

A part of a statue that was recovered from an ancient merchant ship discovered off the coast of Israel.

Amateur divers find buried treasure from an ancient ship wreck at the bottom of the sea.

Deadly attack near Kiwis in Iraq video

Militants attacked a natural gas plant near a military camp in Iraq used by New Zealand and Australian troops.

Prime Minister John Key said Kiwi troops do not go ''outside the wire''.

Hezbollah's top commander killed

Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed by artillery in Syria.

​ Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah says its top military commander has been killed by artillery.

PM's ex-bodyguard held over shooting

Sun McKay served with the Sydney-based 4RAR (Commando).

A former Aussie soldier was shot in the head while drinking with Sun McKay, who once protected the country's PM.

IS kills Real Madrid fans in Iraq

People gather at a cafe after an attack in Balad, Iraq, where at least 12 were killed, including fans of Real Madrid.

At least 16, many football fans, dead as Islamic State militants open fire in cafe in northern Iraq.

Insurgents kill 19 in Syrian village

A Free Syrian Army fighter of the 101 Division, monitors the movements of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar ...

Insurgents kill at least 19 civilians after capturing an Alawite village from government control in western Syria.

Eight Turkish soldiers, 21 militants die

Police forensic experts examine the scene following a car bomb attack on a police vehicle in the Kurdish-dominated ...

Eight Turkish soldiers and 21 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party have been killed.

Hezbollah commander killed in air strike

Israeli soldiers stand on concrete blocks near the border with Lebanon in a flare-up with Hezbollah forces.

Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine has been killed in an Israeli air strike.

IS kills 17 Iraqi soldiers

Destroyed buildings are seen in the city of Ramadi, in January 16, 2016 file photo. Islamic State militants killed 17 ...

Islamic State insurgents kill at least 17 Iraqi soldiers with suicide truck bombs in western city of Ramadi.

Baghdad car bombs kill 80

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City.

Three suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State in the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi capital this year.

Saving lives while bombs fall

People inspect the damage at al-Quds hospital after it was hit by airstrikes, in a rebel-held area of Syria's Aleppo.

As colleagues are killed by airstrikes or snipers, Rami Kalazi continues to treat the wounded.

Tattooed Egyptian mummy found

Tattoos on a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy include two seated baboons between a wadjet eye (top), a symbol of protection.

Ornate tattoos discovered on 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy has scholars excited.

Massive fire in Cairo injures 74

The flames quickly spread to at least three adjacent buildings, including a warehouse.

The fire started shortly after midnight inside a six-storey hotel in the populous and dilapidated Ataba neighbourhood in Cairo, Egypt.

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