Middle East

IS blows up ancient tombs

Tower tombs in the Valley of Tombs, west of the historical city of Palmyra.

Islamic State has blown up three ancient tower tombs in the city of Palmyra.

'You were a little boy'

Aylan Kurdi, left, with his brother Galip in a Kurdi family photograph. Both drowned trying to get to Greece.

An anonymous tribute to the drowned boy whose photo has put a young face at the heart of the crisis.

Opposition's emergency refugee bill

Labour leader Andrew Little said New Zealand needs to show "will and moral leadership" in the face of Syria's refugee crisis.

Labour and Greens are trying to force the Government's hand over New Zealand's refugee intake.

Syrian migrants reach Norway by bike

The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II.

How the Arctic Circle provides unlikely opportunity for Syrian refugees.

He had a name: Aylan Kurdi gallery video

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi who was found washed up on a Turkish beach, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla, Turkey.

GRAPHIC CONTENT: The father of drowned boys weeps as the world takes notice.

Egypt sets election date

Cairo University students show their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

After three years without a parliament, Egypt will hold an election in October.

Israel under fire over soldier scuffle video

Israeli soldier scuffles with Palestinian boy.

Video showing Israeli soldier clashing with Palestinian child and women viewed more than 2m times on Facebook.

30 injured at Saudi Arabian oil compound fire


A fire at an oil workers residential compound in Saudi Arabia claims one casualty and injured 30 more.

Thousands protest in Beirut

Protesters set rubbish on fire on barbed wire erected near the government palace.

Thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags and chanting "revolution" took to the streets to campaign against politicians.

Journalists sentenced to jail

Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center and Australian Peter Greste in Egyptian court.

Egypt hands down harsh sentenced on Al-Jazeera trio, including Australian.

Bodies in migrant ship's hull

A boat full of migrants is seen next to a Swedish ship during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya. Fifty people were found dead in the hold of the boat, the Italian coast guard said.

Italian coast guard finds the bodies of 50 migrants in a ship off the Libyan coast.

Gas explosion in Uzbekistan video

The footage, taken from a moving car, shows a fireball in the night sky.

A huge gas pipeline explosion has rocked Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent.

Turkey must step up - Hollande

"All the players need to be part of the solution": French President Francois Hollande.

Turkey must do more to tackle Islamic State in Syria, says French President Francois Hollande.

Explosions at gas terminal kills 10

A man walks away from a tent in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, where his family now lives after being displaced by the war. Illustrates AFGHAN (category i), by Sudarshan Raghavan (c) 2015 The Washington Post. Moved Monday, July 13, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Majid Saeedi)

A series of large explosions at a gas terminal on the edge of the western Afghan city of Herat killed 10 children.

Gay men targeted by IS

Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas watched in fear as the al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front took over his home town of Idlib.

Islamic State destroys Syrian temple gallery video

The Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra has been blown up by Islamic State militants, reports from Syria say.

Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra.

Rubbish protest turns violent gallery video

Protesters clash with riot police and security forces during a protest against corruption and against the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal, near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon.

Thousands of Lebanese protesting rubbish in the streets bring political tensions to a head.

50 killed in Syrian missile strike video

Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters take up positions inside a damaged building in al-Vilat al-Homor neighbourhood in Hasaka city, as they monitor the movements of Islamic State fighters.

At least 50 bodies were retrieved from rubble after Syrian army missiles hit residential areas.

Iran unveils new missile

Iran's new Fateh 313 with a range of 500km.

Iran has unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets within a range of 500km.

Islamic State No. 2 killed in air strike

The White House says a US airstrike has killed the No. 2 man in Islamic State.

The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group had been killed, the White House confirms.

See this photo. Know their story


The image of Syrian refugee Laith Majid and his children has struck a chord with thousands on social media.

It's an image that sublimely captures the moment desperation gave way to joy for a refugee family who found sanctuary after fleeing terror. 

Guardian of treasures beheaded video

Khaled al-Asaad was one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars.

A scholar who refused to lead Isis to ancient treasures has paid for it with his life.

Large explosion rocks Cairo

Minarets of mosques are seen in front of the Giza pyramids area, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, May 18, 2015. Picture taken May 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Explosion heard near a state security building and courthouse in Cairo.

IS fighter urges Turks to take Istanbul

An alleged Islamic State fighter has called on fellow Turks to rebel against "infidel" President Tayyip Erdogan and help conquer Istanbul.

A fighter proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State has appeared in a video urging fellow Turks to help conquer Istanbul.

Former Iraqi PM could be charged

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki at his office in Baghdad. He may lose his position as vice president.

"No one is above the law and the accountability of the people," said house speaker.

Bin Laden's son in terror message

Hamza bin Laden, in an undated still image from an al Qaeda training video.

Osama bin Laden's youngest son is calling for attacks on London and other Western cities.

Three Turkish soldiers killed

Commander Badr Khan standing under a flag featuring the image of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned PKK leader.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and six wounded when Kurdish militants detonated a remote-controlled explosive.

Bombings across Baghdad kill 24

A destroyed vehicle is seen at the site of a truck bomb attack.

A spate of bombings across Baghdad killed at least 24, two days after the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital.

IS leader kept aid worker as sex slave

Kayla Mueller (left), with mother Marsha Mueller.

A killed American aid worker had her chance to flee her rapist - the Islamic State leader - but she stayed to save others.

Isis 'used chemical weapons'

Kurdish peshmerga bury flag-draped coffins containing the remains of Yazidis who were killed by Islamic State militants.

The US reportedly has "credible evidence" the Islamic State used mustard gas against Kurdish forces earlier this week.

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