With patriotic music blaring from loudspeakers Iraqi forces fight their way inside two villages next to Isis-controlled city.
Sneaky law change, with a $29,500 fine for anyone caught drinking, takes politicians by surprise after they pass it.
Omar is 12. His fiancee, Gharam, is 11. At a family celebration in Egypt it was announced the pair would marry.
They shared brownies and coffee, and took selfies to celebrate the holidays. It was a first: Some are Israeli, others Palestinians.
He'd been working as a kids' football coach in Yemen before he was kidnapped, now captors have demanded a ransom.
Mosul residents say IS fighters using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces close in.
Saudi prince executed for murder in a rare example of a ruling family member subjected to death penalty.
Two Taliban officials say the militant movement held secret peace talks with Afghan government in Qatar.
Biggest Middle Eastern showdown since the Iraq war begins as 1.8m civilians hunker down.
Syrian rebels capture Dabiq, where the terrorist group promised a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.
Talks in Switzerland end with no new path to peace as food, fuel and medicine runs out in Aleppo.
Man in Turkey whose girlfriend left him pulls the trigger on himself in a Facebook Live stream.
NZ releases a paper to broker middle ground after two resolutions on ending attacks in Aleppo fail.
Air strikes on rebel-held areas in Aleppo as Syrian government and Russia try to capture city.
Bomb targeting Shi'ite worshippers in northern Afghanistan kills at least 14 civilians.
School among areas targeted by latest air strikes, as Aleppo death toll continues to rise.
"Women exist to be married and have children ... Women survive; they do not live," captured Isis fighter says.
Refugees caught in no-man's land can get aid - but by crane, says Jordan.
It seemed like a innocent, if goofy, flirtation, but the authorities didn't think so.
International Criminal Court may be asked to prosecute Russia and Syria, after UN Security Council veto.
For the children of Isis, target practice starts at 6. By the time they're teens, they're ready.
Deported Green MP praises "courageous" women who took part in Gaza protest.
Six months into their new life, two Syrian families talk about peace and opportunity in their adopted country.
Green MP detained on protest boat by Israeli forces after "Gaza stunt" will return to NZ soon.
OPINION: When a NZ MP openly violates international law in a media stunt, it reflects badly upon that politician.
UN envoy for Syria is in no doubt about Aleppo's future in next 2 months if things don't change.
A Green MP's participation in a Gaza peace flotilla went against official advice, the PM says.
His parents were killed in an airstrike but this youngster miraculously survived in the contested city of Aleppo.
Syrian tourism ministry has just released a promo video - showing a green city bustling with traffic.
New Zealand should be taking more than three times the number of refugees, Amnesty NZ says.