Middle East

Airports are 'soft targets' video

Passengers leave Istanbul's Ataturk airport after the blast.

Warnings that Turkey faces more terrorism threats after the deadly bombing at Istanbul airport.

Turkey playing nice

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey was once Israel's closest Muslim ally, their partnership based on strong ...

President Erdogan courting both Israel and Russia in new diplomatic moves.

5 die in Lebanon suicide attack

Lebanese army soldiers secure the area near the site where suicide bomb attacks took place in the Christian village of Qaa.

15 people are said to be wounded in the village of Qaa, near the border with Syria.

25 children 'killed in air strikes'

Syrian or Russian warplanes had attacked the area.

UNICEF say that air strikes carried out by warplanes killed dozens of people in a town in eastern Syria.

Turkish crackdown at Gay Pride

Riot police, with rainbow flags in the background, stand guard at the entrance of a street as LGBT rights activists try ...

Police in Istanbul fire tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse LGBT activists, arresting at least 19.

New life, new hope

Syrian refugees Yassin Ibrahim Ashira and his family at their home in Porirua. From left: Maher, 16, Mazen, 12, wife ...

They fled the horrors of war in Syria to resettle in a country they had never heard of.

Inside Jesus' 'tomb' video

Jesus tomb

Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won't be a simple patch-and-paint job.

Car bomb kills Jordanian troops

A security member, who was injured during an attack at a camp for Syrian refugees in eastern Jordan near the borders of ...

Six Jordanian border guards killed by a car bomb in a remote area of the frontier with Syria.

Bombing connection 'far-fetched'

Iraqi soldiers train at Camp Taji.

Gerry Brownlee doesn't believe the attack was anything to do with Govt's deployment announcement.

Foreigners killed in Afghan blast

Nepali security contractors were killed when their minibus was attacked.

Separate bomb attacks targeting security contractors and Afghan civilians have left at least 22 dead.

The Battle of Fallujah video

An Iraqi security forces vehicle is seen on a street in the centre of Falluja.

More than 82,000 civilians have evacuated the Iraqi city after fighting with Isis militants.

Iraqi forces take central Falluja

Iraqi soldiers gesture in the centre of Falluja after Iraq forces took over the Islamic State-controlled city.

Iraqi forces enter the centre of Falluja, the Iraqi city longest held by Islamic State.

UN: Agencies kowtowing to Syria

A boy rides a bicycle near damaged buildings in the rebel held area of Old Aleppo, Syria.

Agencies "not willing to jeopardise their operations in Syria by taking a tougher stance with the government," says internal evaluation.

Isis accounts covered in gay pride

Hacker that goes by the name Wauchula Ghost has played a part in a hacking operation targeting Isis accounts in support ...

Hackers take aim at Isis' social media accounts, covering them in gay pride messages in support of the Orlando victims.

Qatar fines rape victim for having sex

The woman was detained in Qatar for three months after reporting the rape.

She woke up with torn clothes and the horror of having been raped. When she went to police, she was arrested for "adultery".

Bomb blast in central Beirut

Policemen inspect the damage at the site of an explosion at the headquarters of the Lebanese Blom Bank in Beirut, Lebanon.

Bomb targeted bank that has implemented anti-Hezbollah measures, but caused no fatalities.

Qatar 'rape victim' detained

Governed by Islamic legal codes, sex out of wedlock is illegal in Qatar.

In March, a Dutch woman told Qatari police she was drugged and raped. She's been in custody ever since.

Amal takes on IS militants

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25:  Amal Clooney of Doughty Street Chambers and President Nasheed of the Maldives attend a ...

Human rights lawyer seeks to prosecute IS militants for genocide and sexual slavery.

Are we doing enough?

106 Kiwi troops are based at the Taji military camp in Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers.

Inequality widens, global peace drops, NZ ranks well but are we doing our bit?

Trapped with Islamic State

Fallujah is the first Iraqi city to fall to Islamic State.

Abu Anas al-Falluji gives his kids Valium at bedtime to help them sleep through rocket and mortar fire.

Israel blocks Palestinian permits

Family members and friends of Ido Ben Ari, one of four killed in Tel Aviv shooting, escort his dody during his funeral ...

Israeli military revoke permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel after a Palestinian gun attack kills four.

Explosion near Camp Taji video

Prime Minister John Key visited Kiwi troops based at Camp Taji in Iraq in 2015.

Kiwi soldiers escape explosion near Baghdad military base which left at least 12 people dead.

Baghdad blasts kill 22

Two separate bombings hit Baghdad as Iraqi forces work to dispel Islamic State militants.

Two separate bombings hit Baghdad as Iraqi forces work to dispel IS militants.

'They know where to look'

Israeli archaeologists have found evidence dating back 8000 years of people using the Cave of Skulls.

Israeli archaeologists are in a constant battle to discover treasures before looters get to them.

Four dead in Tel Aviv shooting

Police say the attack was aimed at Israelis.

Two Palestinian gunmen killed four and wounded five others before being shot in terror attack.

Egyptian TV's bizarre Isis prank

Egyptian actress Heba Magdi is subjected to a cruel Isis prank by an Egyptian TV station.

An actress was made to beg for her life in a cruel and unusual prank.

Turkey blames Kurdish militants

A destroyed van is pictured near a Turkish police bus which was targeted in a bomb attack in central Istanbul.

Kurdish militants appear to have been behind a car bombing that killed 11 people in central Istanbul.

Bomb hits Turkish police station

The attack hit the police station in the town of Midyat, north of the Syrian border.

Another car bomb attack aimed at Turkish police, a day after a blast in Istanbul killed 11.

Car bomb kills 11 video

A destroyed van is seen near a Turkish police bus which was targeted in the attack.

Turkish police are believed to be the targets of the attack, which occurred near a university building.

Paranoia sees Isis kill its own

The purge comes at a time when Isis has lost ground in both Syria and Iraq. An Iraqi government offensive recaptured the ...

Isis kills dozens of its own fighters after a vicious purge sparked by panic, fear of spies.

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