Middle East

Nuke demand 'unacceptable'

BIG BANG: US President Barack Obama's demands on Iran's nuclear program have angered Tehran.

Iran has slammed Obama's demand that it stops nuclear development for a decade, but will continue talks.

Isis in money squeeze

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters clash with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, Iraq, on Tuesday.

The Islamic State might be the best-funded radical Islamist group in history, but airstrikes have damaged its earning power.

Warning of 'nuclear nightmare' video

US Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate president pro tempore Orrin Hatch applaud Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his address to Congress.

Israeli PM Netanyahu uses controversial address to US Congress to warn against Iran nuke deal.

Massive assault to retake Tikrit

READY TO FIGHT: Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad, ahead of an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit.

More than 25,000 troops and militia begin operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State

Isis 'not very Islamic'

The reclusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, speaks at a mosque in Mosul, last July, declaring himself the worldwide leader of Muslims.

The vast majority of Muslim clerics say the group cherry picks what it wants from Islam's holy book in trying to justify their genocidal ambitions.

New Isis target: Twitter

A screengrab of the threats apparently made by Isis or one of its supporters.

The Islamic State is angry at the microblogging site and founder Jack Dorsey for closing their accounts.

Kiwi heading back to Iraq

Harmeet Singh Sooden in a screengrab from a video released while he was a hostage in 2006.

Harmeet Singh Sooden, who was held hostage by Islamic militants in 2005, will return to Iraq.

Inside a Saudi jail

A man walks past the headquarters of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) in Riyadh October 27, 2013. Higher sales helped SABIC post a rise in third-quarter net profit on Sunday, in line with analyst forecasts, as its chief executive officer Mohamed al-Mady said the outlook for next year was improving. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: BUSINESS)

Except for the machine guns and guard towers, the al-Hair high-security prison looks remarkably like a hotel — especially the conjugal-visit wing.

'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact now

KILLER: Mohammed Emwazi.

Analysis: As "Jihadi John", he was a terrifying figure. While he's still got his knife, Mohammed Emwazi may have lost his edge.

'Don't use Congress to play politics'

WARNING SHOT: US Secretary of State John Kerry hopes Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday doesn't threaten a Iranian nuclear deal.

US Secretary of State warns Israel's prime minister not to turn an address to Congress this week into "some great political football".

Abbott blunt in war message to NZ

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference held at Government House in Auckland.

Australian PM has delivered a blunt message to Kiwis: geographical isolation will not protect us from the Islamic State.

'Jihadi John' and the campus radicals

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi.

As 'Jihadi John' was unmasked, a radical Islamic preacher was due to speak at his alma mater.

Teacher denies radicalising teens

DEFIANT: Muslim teacher Adil Charkaoui speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Centre St-Pierre in Montreal, Quebec. Charkaoui has denied he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with IS.

Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denies radicalising teens now suspected of fighting with extremists.

Afghanistan's first female taxi driver

Sara Bahayi has had her taxi license for two years. The $10 to $20 she earns each day is enough to provide for her 15 relatives, including her ailing mother.

The person behind the wheel of this Toyota Corolla has made this taxi a revolution of sorts.

'Jihadi John' felt like prisoner in UK

The man known as 'Jihadi John' holds a knife up to American journalist James Foley before beheading him during an Islamic State propaganda video.

One of the of the world's most wanted men is a computer programmer that MI5 reportedly once tried to recruit.

Islamic State smashes Iraqi history video

Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era.

Islamist militants have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what has been described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.

Australian killed fighting Islamic State

JOINED THE FIGHT: A man reported killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria has been identified as 28-year-old Australian Ashley Kent Johnston.

Man killed in Syria after joining Kurds battling IS jihadists has been identified as Ashley Kent Johnson.

Baghdad bombings kill 37 video

LAST RITES: Mourners carry the coffin of a victim killed by bomb attacks during a funeral in Baghdad's Jisr Diyala district.

A bombing blitz across Baghdad has killed 37 and wounded many more.

NZDF's new home in Iraq video

EXERCISES: US Army soldiers conduct a platoon live-fire demonstration for more than 1000 Iraqi Army trainees and officers earlier this month at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Camp Taji is a flat and dusty place that feels like a "slowly decaying time capsule".

IS abducts over 150 Christians

Islamic State militants have abducted more than 90 Assyrian Christians from their villages in the north-east of Syria, according to reports.

It has now been verified that IS militants have abducted at least 150 people from Syrian villages.

Emirates resumes flights to Baghdad

An Emirates A380 comes in for a landing.

Emirates plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them when an incoming passenger plane came under fire.

Carter: Isis will be defeated video

SERIOUS BUSINESS: US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, centre, begins a regional security meeting at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Monday (local time).

The new US defence secretary calls Islamic State "hardly invincible" after meeting US commanders in Kuwait.

Brace for IS threats: analyst

A jihadist holds an Islamic State flag held aloft in Raqqa, Syria.

NZ has raised its "target profile" with troops decision and the response will likely be swift, an analyst warns.

US-led airstrikes have 'killed 1600'

Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an allied airstrike against Islamic State targets in October.

The US-led strikes against Isis have killed nearly 1500 Isis militants and 62 civilians, monitoring group says.

Little US change likely in Islamic State strategy video

Another video has appeared purportedly showing Islamic State fighters showing off prisoners, said to be Kurdish peshmerga soldiers, being paraded in metal cages through a town in northern Iraq.

New US Defence Secretary believes they have the right "ingredients" of a strategy to combat Islamic State.

Fires reveal inequalities

The charred remains of a building in an Abu Dhabi industrial zone where 10 migrant labours died.

One blaze was in a glittering skyscraper, a story followed by the world. The other saw the bodies of 10 migrant labourers carried out of a tyre shop.

Mayor wrestles attacker

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (centre) walks after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City in 2013.

Mayor of Jerusalem and security guard wrestled man after he stabbed a victim at a busy intersection.

US plans to retake Mosul from Isis

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard on the outskirts of Mosul last month. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are digging trenches and building defence berms in the Valley Of The Crows), less than 2 km away from the Isis-held Sultan Abdullah village.

The US says it will help Iraqi forces oust Isis from the country's second-largest city - but is the military blueprint feasible?

Iraqi forces prepare to take on Isis

PREPARING FOR BATTLE: Iraqi Shi'ite fighters carry their weapons on Wednesday as they prepare to launch an attack on Tikrit.

Troops are massing for a major offensive against Islamic State-held city of Tikrit - but their last effort ended disastrously.

Yemen's president flees capital after takeover

UNHAPPY: Protesters demonstrate against the dissolution of Yemen's parliament and the takeover by the armed Houthi Shi'ite group earlier this month.

Yemen's president leaves capital amid conflicting reports about if he was released or escaped.

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