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Bodies in migrant ship's hull

A boat full of migrants is seen next to a Swedish ship during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya. Fifty people were found dead in the hold of the boat, the Italian coast guard said.

Italian coast guard finds the bodies of 50 migrants in a ship off the Libyan coast.

Gas explosion in Uzbekistan video

The footage, taken from a moving car, shows a fireball in the night sky.

A huge gas pipeline explosion has rocked Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent.

Turkey must step up - Hollande

"All the players need to be part of the solution": French President Francois Hollande.

Turkey must do more to tackle Islamic State in Syria, says French President Francois Hollande.

Explosions at gas terminal kills 10

A man walks away from a tent in Kunduz city, Afghanistan, where his family now lives after being displaced by the war. Illustrates AFGHAN (category i), by Sudarshan Raghavan (c) 2015 The Washington Post. Moved Monday, July 13, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Majid Saeedi)

A series of large explosions at a gas terminal on the edge of the western Afghan city of Herat killed 10 children.

Gay men targeted by IS

Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas watched in fear as the al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front took over his home town of Idlib.

Islamic State destroys Syrian temple gallery video

The Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra has been blown up by Islamic State militants, reports from Syria say.

Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra.

Rubbish protest turns violent gallery video

Protesters clash with riot police and security forces during a protest against corruption and against the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal, near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon.

Thousands of Lebanese protesting rubbish in the streets bring political tensions to a head.

50 killed in Syrian missile strike video

Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters take up positions inside a damaged building in al-Vilat al-Homor neighbourhood in Hasaka city, as they monitor the movements of Islamic State fighters.

At least 50 bodies were retrieved from rubble after Syrian army missiles hit residential areas.

Iran unveils new missile

Iran's new Fateh 313 with a range of 500km.

Iran has unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets within a range of 500km.

Islamic State No. 2 killed in air strike

The White House says a US airstrike has killed the No. 2 man in Islamic State.

The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group had been killed, the White House confirms.

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The image of Syrian refugee Laith Majid and his children has struck a chord with thousands on social media.

It's an image that sublimely captures the moment desperation gave way to joy for a refugee family who found sanctuary after fleeing terror. 

Guardian of treasures beheaded video

Khaled al-Asaad was one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars.

A scholar who refused to lead Isis to ancient treasures has paid for it with his life.

Large explosion rocks Cairo

Minarets of mosques are seen in front of the Giza pyramids area, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, May 18, 2015. Picture taken May 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Explosion heard near a state security building and courthouse in Cairo.

IS fighter urges Turks to take Istanbul

An alleged Islamic State fighter has called on fellow Turks to rebel against "infidel" President Tayyip Erdogan and help conquer Istanbul.

A fighter proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State has appeared in a video urging fellow Turks to help conquer Istanbul.

Former Iraqi PM could be charged

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki at his office in Baghdad. He may lose his position as vice president.

"No one is above the law and the accountability of the people," said house speaker.

Bin Laden's son in terror message

Hamza bin Laden, in an undated still image from an al Qaeda training video.

Osama bin Laden's youngest son is calling for attacks on London and other Western cities.

Three Turkish soldiers killed

Commander Badr Khan standing under a flag featuring the image of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned PKK leader.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and six wounded when Kurdish militants detonated a remote-controlled explosive.

Bombings across Baghdad kill 24

A destroyed vehicle is seen at the site of a truck bomb attack.

A spate of bombings across Baghdad killed at least 24, two days after the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital.

IS leader kept aid worker as sex slave

Kayla Mueller (left), with mother Marsha Mueller.

A killed American aid worker had her chance to flee her rapist - the Islamic State leader - but she stayed to save others.

Isis 'used chemical weapons'

Kurdish peshmerga bury flag-draped coffins containing the remains of Yazidis who were killed by Islamic State militants.

The US reportedly has "credible evidence" the Islamic State used mustard gas against Kurdish forces earlier this week.

IS bombs Baghdad vege market

Residents gather at the site of a truck bomb attack at a crowded market in Baghdad

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad's Sadr City.

The known Kiwi faces of Islamic State

Influential Hastings Muslim Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga, who openly supports the feared Isis militant group.

The New Zealand faces of Islamic State - Jihadi Mark Taylor and Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga.

Taliban infiltrate base, kill Afghan police

A policeman walks at the site of a car bomb blast as fire is being extinguished at the entrance gate to the Kabul airport in Afghanistan August 10, 2015.

Taliban fighters disguised as police infiltrated a security forces compound and killed as many as 15 police.

Insurgents kill 14 police officers

A policeman walks at the site of a car bomb blast on Monday as a fire is being extinguished at the entrance gate to the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

Taliban insurgents dressed in police uniforms and driving in a police car attacked a checkpoint, killing 14 officers.

Croatian hostage beheaded

A video purporting to show 30-year-old Tomislav Salopek was released last week.

An Egyptian group allied to Islamic State has published a photograph it says showed the beheaded body of a Croatian hostage.

Virtual tour a ruined Syrian city

A view shows the main entrance  of Aleppo's ancient citadel as seen from a rebel-held area in Aleppo, Syria.

Activist news organisation teleports viewers to real-life conflict zone with VR footage.

Yemen 'crumbling' from war

Women and children gather to collect water from a tap at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in al-Mazraq.

Yemen is "crumbling" under a deepening humanitarian crisis after months of civil war.

Kabul blast kills five video

An Afghan policeman inspects a damaged vehicle at the site of a car bomb blast at the entrance gate to Kabul airport.

At least five people killed after car bomb exploded at Kabul airport, days after dozens killed in suicide attacks.

Israeli mum's extreme act

Aviya Morris, seen with her husband Raphael Morris and their child Liberty Zion at their religious Kibbutz, yelled a slur against the Muslim prophet at a site holy to both Jews and Muslims two weeks ago.

Some fellow Israelis want a 20-year-old Jewish extremist arrested after she shouted a provocation at a site holy to Muslims and Jews.

47 killed in eastern Iraq city

Fear factor: Iraqi children stand near a car destroyed by a bomb in the mostly Shiite district of Sadr City in northern Baghdad last week.

At least 47 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in two bomb attacks in eastern Iraq.

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