Middle East

Afghan guard shoots dead 3 foreigners

Afghanistan police

A security guard opened fire in an Afghanistan hospital, killing three foreign doctors and wounding two others.

Base jumpers break world record

Base jumpers

French base jumpers have set a new record after jumping off the world's tallest building.

Last stand in Homs

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Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs.

More chemical use in Syria - US


The US has indications of the use of a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month.

US set to cut troops in Afghanistan

afghanistan US troops

US troops in Afghanistan may drop below 10,000 following a surprisingly trouble-free election.

Yemen attacks al Qaeda base

Al Qaeda

Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by US drone strikes, have hit al Qaeda militants for a second straight day, killing 55 militants.

Five sentenced to death

Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced five men to death for their involvement in a suicide attack.

40 militants killed in airstrikes

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Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members, local tribal sources said.

No majority in Afghani election

Afghanistan presidential election

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading the race to become Afghanistan's next president.

Iran converting uranium

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Iran says it has completed watering down and converting over 200kgs of enriched uranium.

War vowed on the US


Leader of al Qaeda wing in Yemen vows to "remove the cross, (and) the bearer of the cross, America''.

Drone kills NZ terrorist

Al Qaeda-linked Kiwi killed in Yemen was being watched by intelligence agencies, PM says.

UN to meet over Syria


The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding.

Israeli gas holds promise

israel gas

Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies

Capturing the calm amid chaos

Anja Niedringhaus

Slain photojournalist loved to capture calm when there was chaos all around her.

'Jesus talked about his wife'

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A papyrus that quoted Jesus as talking about having a wife is not a modern fake, scientists say.

Syrian car bombs kill 25

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The government blamed the attack on "terrorists," its usual description of the rebels.

Israel launches spy satellite

Israel's Defense Ministry says it has launched a new observation satellite into orbit.

Israeli plans 'sank peace talks'

John Kerry

Israel's plans for new apartments in East Jerusalem was the turning point, US Secretary of State says.

Rebels step up Syrian shelling


Mortar shells exploded near the Damascus Opera House, killing two, as rebels intensified their shelling of the Syrian capital.

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