Middle East

Syrian jet crashes, 27 dead

A Syrian jet has crashed near the Turkish border, killing 12.

A Syrian jet fighter has crashed in a market near the Turkish border, killing at least 27.

Beneath the 'heat dome'

A man cools off in Baghdad.

"You just can't imagine how awful it gets," says a man who's been in temperatures like those being experienced in Iran.

A glimpse of the good life

A Palestinian man holding his daughter swims in a pool as they enjoy the warm weather with their family at the Blue Beach Resort in Gaza.

Amid the death destruction in Gaza, there's a desire, among those who can afford it, to experience everyday pleasures.

Teen girl stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride dies

A group of Israeli youths sit next to candles during a candlelight vigil in Tel Aviv, Israel, for Shira Banki, who died on Sunday.

An Israeli teenager has died of stab wounds sustained when an ultra-Orthodox man with a knife attacked a Gay Pride parade.

Saudi king leaves France after beach controversy

A French policeman stands near an official document informing the public of the closure of the beach called "La Mirandole" which is located below the seafront villa owned by the king of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian King got his own elevator to the beach but 150,000 French residents didn't like it.

Palestinian teen dead after clash with troops

An Israeli border policeman fires tear gas canisters during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron.

A Palestinian youth has died at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah.

ISIS kills seven Libyan soldiers

Members of the Libyan pro-government forces.

Seven Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when Islamic State militants stormed a checkpoint.

Palestinian toddler killed in arson video

A relative of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family's house was set to fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists, shows his picture at the burnt house in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the West Bank, killing a toddler, an act Israel's PM says is terrorism.

Taliban pulls out of talks video

Mullah Omar of Afghanistan's Taliban regime.

The Taliban confirmed the death of their long-missing leader, and said they were pulling out of peace talks with the Afghan government.

Iran city swelters at 67.8 degrees

The Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr approached the hottest day on record on Thursday.

Bandar Mahshahr's air temperature was just above New Zealand's hottest day - but it "feels like" it was even worse.

Toddler killed by Israeli extremists

Police detain a Jewish settler protesting the slated demolition of structures, by order of Israel's high court, in the West Bank.

House fire in the West Bank suspected to have been set by extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child.

Turkey defends attacks on Kurds amid IS fight

A resident walks past a crater caused by a Turkish air strike against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in the village of Amadiya, outskirts of Dohuk province.

Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to Kurdish rebels.

Afghan Taliban name new leader, talks delayed

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has allegedly been killed.

The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has not been seen for years.

Taliban leaderĀ Mullah Mohammed OmarĀ is dead, according to reports citing Afghan officials.

Leader of sectarian group killed

Leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Malik Ishaq speaks during an interview with Reuters at his home in Rahim Yar Khan in southern Punjab province.

Pakistani police have killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Iran role for Waikato lecturer

Opening the economy will have to be a gradual process, says University of Waikato senior lecturer in law Dr Sadeq Bigdeli.

'Reinserting the Iranian economy back into the global economy' will be the focus for Dr Sadeq Bigdeli.

Turkey vows to avenge civilians

Turkish Kurds flash V-signs as they gather near the Mursitpinar border gate in solidarity with Syrian Kurds in Kobani, in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Turkey.

Turkey vows to strike anyone killing civilians in the planned free zone.

Iran deal is a good idea, Obama

"There is a reason why 99 per cent of the world thinks it's a good deal – it's because it's a good deal," Obama said about the Iran nuclear deal.

President Obama criticised rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement from some leading members of the Republican party.

Turkey accused of shelling Kurds

Kurdish fighters claim they were attacked by Turkish forces.

Kurdish fighters in northern Syria accused the Turkish army of shelling their positions on Monday.

Turkish jets hit PKK targets in Iraq

A masked far left-wing protester walks during clashes with riot police at a demonstration against the death of Gunay Ozarslan, a member of the far left People's Front who, according to local media reports, was killed by Turkish police during a security operation on Friday, in Istanbul's Gazi neighborhood, Turkey, July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Turkey attacked Kurdish insurgent camps in Iraq for a second night on Sunday, security sources said, in a campaign that could end its peace process with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Obama's marching Israelis to 'door of the oven'

US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee compares the Iran nuclear program deal to the Nazi death camps.

Republican presidential candidate has denounced the Iran nuclear program deal saying Obama is marching Israelis "to the door of the oven".

Assad acknowledges Syrian troop shortage

President Bashir al-Assad, picture here at prayers in Damascus, has given an unusually frank account of Syria's conflict.

A troop shortage means the Syrian army have been forced to give up some areas, President Assad said on Sunday.

Swimming pool bombers kill 12

Shi'ite volunteers are seen with their weapons during an intensive security deployment to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the town of Tuz Khurmatu August 31, 2014.  Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said. The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated fighters from the Islamic State (IS) to the east of the town. Fighting continued to the north of Amerli.   REUTERS/ Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS)

Two suicide bombers attacked a crowded swimming pool in northern Iraq, police sources say.

Turkish warplanes pound IS targets in Syria

A Turkish Air Force F16 jet fighter prepares to take off from an air base during the Anatolian Eagle military exercise in the central Anatolian city of Konya April 28, 2010.

Turkish warplanes attacked IS targets in Syria for the first time, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action.

US air strike kills top al Qaeda commander

A Rafale fighter jet flies over the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux during a visit by the French President March 4, 2015. The visit takes place after Egypt signed a 5.2 billion-euro deal in February to buy French weaponry, an agreement for 24 Rafale combat jets made by Dassault Aviation, a multi-mission naval frigate, and air-to-air missiles.   REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS MILITARY TRANSPORT)

The US military says a recent US air strike in Afghanistan killed a senior al Qaeda commander in charge of suicide bombing.

Iraqi forces prepare offensive against IS

The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces training.

US-trained Iraqi soldiers are preparing for an offensive against the Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

UN 'must do more in Middle East'

Murray McCully addresses the United Nations' Security Council in New York.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully tells the UN Security Council its "credibility is at stake" if more isn't done to end conflict in Syria.

IS militants kill Turkish soldier in border attack

Relatives and friends carry the coffin of a victim who was killed in Monday's bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at a cemetery in Suruc, Turkey.

Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from Syrian territory, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding two others.

Iraq deploys coalition-trained troops to Ramadi

Members of the Iraqi military train at the Counter Terrorism Service training location, as observed by US Defence Secretary Ash Carter in Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraq has for the first time deployed troops trained by the US-led coalition in their campaign to retake the city of Ramadi.

Yemen's ex-president 'in talks' to resolve war

Yemen has been bombed for weeks.

Representatives of Ali Abdullah Saleh are in talks to help end four months of war in impoverished Yemen, official says.

Ad Feedback
special offers