Middle East

Israel hits Hamas leader's house


Aircraft fire missile at house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh causing damage but no casualties.

This is life in Gaza City


GRAPHIC IMAGES: These photos are hard enough to bear, but they only hint at what life is like in Gaza.

Mob kills woman, grandkids


Rioters burned down homes and killed a woman and her two granddaughters over rumours of Facebook blasphemy.

Mosul fights back

Fighting back against Islamic State

In a rare show of defiance residents in an Iraqi city stood up to those wanting to erase their culture and heritage.

UN demands ceasefire


UN Security Council calls for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza war. | Pope's plea for peace

Both sides resume fighting

MH17 crash site

Rockets fired from both sides despite a proposed extension of a humanitarian truce in the Gaza war.

Kiwi's death by drone

Drone strikes

Family want answers after a Christian boy from Christchurch who converted to Islam was killed in Yemen.

Truce reveals extent of damage


Palestinian refugees from Israel’s Gaza offensive emerged from shelters as a brief truce began.

Children clamour to join fight

Palestinian kids in West Bank

YouTube and Facebook depictions of graphic violence are motivating West Bank youth to get involved.

Many in Gaza cut off from aid


Ferocious fighting in Gaza cuts injured civilians off from emergency workers. | Truce talks stall

Is Israel achieving anything at all?

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Beyond the carnage, are Israel's airstrikes doing anything? | Two state solution 'dead' | Peace talks stall

Tripoli airport a war zone

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Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts as Libya's powerful militas battle.

Two-state solution 'dead'


OPINION: It's time to admit that prospect of a separate, viable Palestinian state is never going to happen. | No ceasefire yet

30 houses in Gaza Strip struck

Gaza air strike

Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons.

Women warned to cover up


Islamic State, the al-Qaeda offshoot that has seized large swathes of northern Iraq, has warned women to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.

Iran detains four journalists

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The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists.

Israeli shells kill 15 at school

Gaza bombing school

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appalled by attack on school in the northern Gaza strip.

Europe lifts Israel flight ban

Smokes rises during an Israeli ground offensive in the east of Gaza City

The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.

Astronaut's 'saddest' photo

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Even when you're 330km above Earth you can see the bombs exploding in Gaza at night.

Palestinian death toll hits 718

A Palestinian woman

Israeli tanks and warplanes have continued to bombard the Gaza Strip.

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