Middle East

'We will give him a family' video

Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, with bloodied face, sits with his sister inside an ambulance.

Six-year-old writes to Barack Obama offering to the help boy who became the face of the crisis in Syria.

Brave enough to defy Isis

A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past a wall painted with the Isis flag.

In the heart of the terrorist group's territory, signs of rebellion - and panic - are showing.

Syria talks 'the right thing' video

Prime Minister John Key, flanked by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, speaks to media after his speech at the UN ...

Impassioned debate on Syria at the Security Council has given main players a chance to "hit the reset button", PM says.

Iranian women defy cycling fatwa

An image from the hashtag  #IranianWomenLoveCycling,

"We're not giving up, it's our absolute right." When Iran's Supreme Leader bans women from cycling, Iran's women cycle.

Did Isis use mustard gas?

A US soldier in Iraq.

US carrying out testing on a shell which was fired at a military base in Iraq to see if it contained a chemical agent.

'What credibility do you have?'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of violating a truce allowing humanitarian aid to Syria.

John Kerry accuses Russia of allowing Syrian ceasefire to collapse and preventing humanitarian relief.

Medics come under attack

A man runs with a stretcher in a damaged site after airstrikes on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria.

An airstrike in northern Syria killed five medics responding to an earlier bombing raid.

'Make or break moment' in Syria

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister John Key at the Security Council meeting.

"Syrian civil war is the most devastating conflict of the 21st century," John Key says.

Key blasts UN Security Council video

Prime Minister John Key has used his address to the UN General Assembly to blast the Security Council's inaction on Syria.

PM criticises lack of leadership over Syria crisis and pushes for Helen Clark to lead UN, telling countries "she gets things done".

Iraq wants more NZ troops

New Zealand troops have trained thousands of Iraqi soldiers

Iraq would like to see more NZ troops and for them to stay longer to help defeat Islamic State, says its PM.

Flight crew spark hijack scare

Saudi Flight SV 872 was heading to Jeddah.

Security forces scrambled after pilot hit hijack alarm in error - then the crew mistakenly confirmed the threat.

Attacks continued despite pleas video

All UN aid convoys have been suspended after an air strike on Monday.

UN suspends all aid convoys in Syria after an air strike hit a 31-truck convoy.

Key's big moment on Syria

A rebel fighter in Syria, where a resolution to the conflict remains elusive.

OPINION: Gulf between diplomacy and bloody reality never seemed wider than in New York on Tuesday.

Where women aren't allowed to drive

Marjory Woodfield has made a life in the heart of the desert in Saudi Arabia.

Marjory Woodfield shares her experience as a Kiwi woman living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Syria declares ceasefire over video

Children walk near damaged buildings in rebel-held Ain Tarma in Damascus.

Rebel official says week-long truce has "practically failed" as US and Russia scramble for extension.

Rebels could push south in Syria

Rebel fighters from 'Jaysh al-Sunna' gather for a change of guards in Tel Mamo village, in the southern countryside of ...

Turkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south, focussing the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab.

Aussie planes in Syrian bombing video

Australian planes were involved in the US-led accidental strike that killed Syrian government soldiers, in an error that ...

Australian RAAF planes involved in the accidental bombing that killed Syrian government soldiers, in a mistake that may have helped Isis.

US hit govt troops: Syria video

The US has no contact with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and limited communications with Moscow.

Despite US-Russian emergency line to stop such mistakes, airstrike kills 62 Syrian soldiers.

Heartache and malnutrition for Syria's kids stuff nation

A boy carries a girl after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in ...

OPINION: After five years of conflict, it's a struggle to survive. But it will be the children who suffer the most.

Afghan failures 'profoundly concerning' video

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully chairs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan. He ...

Afghanistan's Government has failed to build on the progress made by international efforts, including New Zealand's.

Peres shows 'some improvement'

Israel's former President Shimon Peres is still sedated and on a respirator but is "a bit more aware".

Former Israeli President remains in a critical condition 24 hours after suffering a massive stroke.

Israel's former PM suffers stroke video

Israel's Shimon Peres has been hospitalised after a stroke.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has suffered a stroke and been rushed to a hospital, where he is reported to be in serious condition.

Russia: Aleppo's aid coming

Aleppo City in Syria during a ceasefire in February.

Tenuous ceasefire starts in Syria as its leader vows to take back the whole country.

From Sally Jones to 'Mrs Terror'

Sally Jones poses with guns in a burqa and as a nun.

How a single British mum on benefits fled to Syria to become the world's most wanted female terrorist.

Sniper's shot kills terrorists

A British special forces sniper killed Isis militants, who were moments away from incinerating a dozen hostages.

A British special forces sniper saved a dozen hostages from an Isis attack with a single bullet.

'FGM needed because men are weak'

An Egyptian MP has voiced his support for FGM, which was outlawed in the country in 2008 but remains a widespread practice.

Egyptian MP defends female genital mutilation, saying men are not strong enough to contain their lust.

Isis sets its gaze on Australia

The Sydney Opera House has been identified as a new target by the Islamic State.

To avenge a fallen militant, Isis has urged its followers to plot lone-wolf attacks on iconic Australian attractions.

Live: Unicef NZ in Syria

Civilians carry their belongings while walking near a damaged building, after reports of an agreement between rebels and ...

We're talking live to Patrick Rose from Unicef NZ. He's on the ground in Damascus, Syria.

Suicide blast kills dozens video

Firefighters carry the wounded to ambulances.

Taliban was behind the deadly attack near Afghanistan's Defence Ministry building in Kabul.

People trapped by collapse video

Israeli rescue services search through the rubble.

A building collapsed at a Tel Aviv construction site, trapping several people in the rubble.

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