Middle East

Israeli settlements plough ahead

The Israeli settlement of Ramot in an area of the occupied West Bank.

Defying a NZ-led UN vote against building on disputed land, Israel views Donald Trump's arrival as a free pass.

Blast kills four in Syrian camp

At least four people were killed by a car bomb at the Rakban refugee camp, near the Syria-Jordan border.

​A car bomb killed at least four people at the Rakban refugee camp, near the border with Jordan.

At least 20 firefighters killed video

The collapsed Plasco building after it was engulfed by fire.

Firefighters battled the blaze for hours at 17-storey tower in central Tehran before it collapsed.

Istanbul nightclub attacker caught

A frame grab made from a video which was distributed by Turkish police and released on January 3, 2017, shows a man, the ...

Abdulgadir Masharipov admitted his guilt, after his fingerprints were found to match those at the scene of the New Year's Eve attack.

Children suffer as taps run dry

Bashir, 12, washes his hands at a tap in the Mustafa Jwayed school in the Al-Midan neighbourhood, Damascus, Syria.

Around 5.5 million people, including 2 million children, have been cut off from running water in Damascus.

Clearing an ISIS minefield

A member of the demining unit works in a minefield on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of Dabiq, Syria.

In Syria, Ahmad Najjar is surrounded by a silent enemy. He's risking it all to get rid of the threat.

Turkish lawmakers trade blows video

Lawmakers from ruling AK Party and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) scuffle during a debate.

Scuffles erupted between ruling and opposition legislators in Turkey's parliament during deliberations.

Aus, US hostages' tearful plea

A member of a breakaway faction of the Taliban.

Video released shows two hostages' plea to President-elect Trump to negotiate with the Taliban for their release.

Blasts near Afghan govt buildings

Afghan policemen stand guard near the attack site.

Dozens of people are dead and injured - including a member of parliament - after twin attacks by Taliban.

Cigars, fizz, and secret recordings video

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.

​It's no state secret that the Israeli PM and his wife enjoy life's luxuries. But now he faces police questions.

The Purity Of Arms

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter and of violating the ethical code of the Israeli Defence ...

OPINION: The soldiers of Israel are required, at all times, to demonstrate the "Purity of Arms".

Former Iran president dies

Iran's former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivers a speech in 2009.

​Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82.

Killed bomber quit NZ for IS

This photo, released by the state-sponsored Saudi Press Agency, purports to show former NZ scholarship student Taie bin ...

Killed bombmaker behind deadly attack in Saudi Arabia lived in NZ studying engineering for five years.

Former Iran president dies of heart attack

Top Iranian pro-reform politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was described as "a pillar of the Islamic revolution".

Death of man described as a "pillar of Islamic revolution" a big blow to those wanting reform in Iran.

Deadly truck attack in Israel

Soldiers work at the scene where police said a Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers.

Truck driver who rammed a group of soldiers 'was an Isis supporter', Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Israel takes aim at UN coffers

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disputes that the settlements are illegal.

Israel to cut $6m in funding to UN in protest over the NZ-backed resolution demanding an end to settlement building.

Car bombing in Turkey

Turkey's start to 2017 has been marred by violence and bloodshed.

Ten injured after car bombing in Turkey, as country experiences further violence, a week into 2017.

Israeli soldier convicted in fatal shooting video

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria sits to hear his verdict in a military court in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Military tribunal convicts soldier of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian assailant, sparking protests.

My beautiful home in Iraq stuff nation video

Children at Tariq'€™s neighbour€'s house get ready to go to school. The house was badly damaged while occupied by Isis.

Father of ten, Tariq, beamed with happiness on returning to his family home in Iraq.

Eerie post in a time of celebration

The pair were very much in love - and died together in the shooting.

"Worst case scenario is that I will die," she wrote, presaging her fate in a nightclub massacre.

Netanyahu in corruption probe video

Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu questioned for three hours in bribery and corruption investigation.

Explosions target market

Several dead after two explosions at market in central Baghdad.

Bombs explode at Baghdad market, killing at least 18 and injuring dozens more. 

Israel backers blast NZ government

Members of the Jewish community and other supporters of Israel want Prime Minister Bill English to speak publicly about ...

PM Bill English urged to make statement after NZ government's UN actions over Israel.

Heavy fog delays Dubai flights

Dubai fog

Thick seasonal fog has caused flight delays at the world's busiest international airport.

Syria ceasefire deal reached video

People walk amid the rubble as they carry belongings that they collected from their houses in the government controlled ...

A ceasefire will take effect across much of Syria from Friday, the Syrian army announced.

Russian embassy in Syria hit video

Akram Abu al-Foz, decorates a Christmas tree made from empty shells he collected in eastern Damascus, Syria.

An attack targets Russia's embassy in Syria after ceasefire announced.

A brave position on Israel

Palestinian protesters dressed as Santa Claus clash with Israeli security forces on December 23. Palestinians are ...

OPINION: New Zealand has taken a principled stand on the Palestinian problem.

NZ told: Mind your own settlers

US Secretary of State John Kerry and former Prime Minister John Key in Wellington in November.

Opinion article says Jews have much in common with Maori - marginalised in their own land.

US fires back at Israel video

US Secretary of State John Kerry has made Israel's Prime Minister furious, with his comments defending the NZ-backed UN vote.

John Kerry comes to NZ's defence over UN vote, warning the Middle East peace process is in jeopardy.

Coup trials in Turkey

Erdogan and his government still retain power in Turkey.

Former Turkish police officers in court over failed overthrow of government.

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