Middle East

British man relives lashing

Karl Andree faces 350 lashes for possessing homemade alcohol in Saudi Arabia.

"I will never forget the ordeal," says man who received 50 lashes for allegedly selling alcohol in Qatar.

'Frail' man faces 350 lashes

Karl Andree, who has worked in Saudi Arabia for 25 years, is in poor health according to his family.

British PM to step in to try to save grandfather facing punishment in Saudi Arabia for making his own wine.

Taliban pull back from Kunduz

Afghan security personnel keep watch at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul on October 11.

The Taliban said they were pulling back in the northern city of Kunduz in order to protect civilians, but fighting continued elsewhere.

Three killed in Jerusalem attacks

A covered body is carried from the scene of an attack on a Jerusalem bus.

Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in "Day of Rage".

Insurgents shell Russian embassy in Damascus

Syria has been left in ruins by the long running conflict.

 Insurgents have fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital as pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria.

US air drops ammunition to Syria rebels

Residents remove rubble from their damaged house that was hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

US forces have carried out an air drop of small arms ammunition to Syrian rebels to help fight IS militants.

Hezbollah chief killed in Syria

Fighters loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad.

Lebanese commander killed during in fight supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

EU condemns Russian air strikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions by Russia 1 channel's anchor Vladimir Solovyov (not pictured) during an interview in Sochi, Russia, October 10, 2015. Picture taken October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

Foreign ministers remain divided on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Violence rages in Israel

Relatives of 13-year-old Palestinian boy Ahmed Sharaka, who was shot by Israeli troops during clashes.

Passerby disputes Israeli police claim that shot Palestinian was carrying a knife.

Islamic State prime suspect in Turkey bombing

Investigators inspect the blast site after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey.

Islamic State is the focus of investigations into a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Iran verdict for US journalist

The Washington Post's Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian.

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has spent a year in prison on espionage charges.

ISIS bosses killed in air strike

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Twitter account denies Islamic State leader was among eight killed.

ISIS link to Turkey bombing

Demonstrators in central Istanbul attend a protest over Saturday's bombings in Ankara.

Blast death toll estimated at 128 as Turkey investigates Islamic State's involvement.

Iran tests new missile

Iran says its new precision-guided missile will "completely destroy" its target.

Defence Minister says precision-guided missile will "completely destroy" targets.

Israeli forces shoot five Palestinians

Mourners carry the body of 22-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Qali, who was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on Friday.

Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza's border fence.

Russia steps up air strikes

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry shows a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber dropping a bomb in the air over Syria.

Russia steps up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while also hitting President Bashar al-Assad's opponents.

Protesters attack party offices

Kurdish residents take part in a protest in Sulaimaniya, northern Iraq.  Protesters torched an office of the main political party in Iraq's Kurdish north after at least one demonstrator was killed in the worst unrest the region has seen for several years.

Protesters attacked several offices of the main political party in Iraq's Kurdish north in a third day of violent unrest.

Islamic State closes in on Aleppo

A Syrian man looks at the rubble of a five-storey apartment building destroyed in a barrel bomb attack in Aleppo.

Islamic State fighters have seized villages close to the northern city of Aleppo from rival insurgents.

Russia at risk of revenge attacks

Civil defence members and civilians search for survivors under the rubble of a site hit by what activists said were cluster bombs dropped by Russian air force in Maasran town, south of Idlib, Syria.

Russia has taken a risk by launching air strikes against Islamists in Syria because they could incite militants to seek revenge.

Six killed in Gaza violence

Palestinians carry a wounded protester, who was shot by Israeli troops, during clashes near the Israeli border fence in northeast Gaza.

Israeli troops shot dead six Palestinians in protests in Gaza and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel.

US overhauls Syria approach

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on October 8.

The US announces overhaul of its effort to support Syria's rebels battling Islamic State, and will provide arms and equipment.

Indian fury over maid's mutilation

A social media campaign has started to bring Kasthuri Munirathinam home to India from Saudi Arabia.

An Indian maid is in a Saudi Arabian hospital after her hand was allegedly cut off by her employer.

Russia denies missiles landed in Iran

A Russian warship fires cruise missiles into Syria from the Caspian Sea.

The Syrian government's offensive, backed by Russian air power, has seized several villages in central Syria amid heavy fighting.

Syria extend major offensive

A Russian warship fires cruise missiles destined for Syria from the Caspian Sea.

Syrian government ground forces targeted insurgent-held areas with missiles, as Russian jets bombed from above.

Airstrikes kill 13 at Yemeni wedding

Soldiers loyal to Yemen's government walk at the frontline of fighting against Houthi militant on October 6.

Saudi-led airstrikes which targeted the home of a tribal leader are said to have left at least 13 dead.

Iraqi military base criticised

Taji Camp military base, visited by Prime Minister John Key this week, is among the sites singled out in a critical US report.

Missing equipment and "terrible" accommodation among issues reported at Iraqi military base visited by John Key.

Hubby filmed groping maid video

The footage shows the man apparently attempting to force himself on the maid.

A woman's plans for revenge may backfire.

Obama sorry for hospital attack video

Injured Medicins Sans Frontieres staff after the  explosion in Kunduz.

US gives Medecins Sans Frontieres apology for Kunduz bombing but the charity demands an inquiry.

Key's Iraq visit full of drama gallery video

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited kiwi troops based at Camp Taji in Iraq who are part of a mission to train Iraqi troops. Key talks with Iragi troops and the New Zealand trainers.

Sandstorms, lost passports and potential security leaks made for dramatic Iraqi visit for John Key.

Iran's leader bans negotiations

"Through negotiations Americans seek to influence Iran," said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran's Supreme Leader halts any further negotiations between Iran and the US, putting the brakes on hopes to end Iran's isolation.

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