Middle East

'Proud' to label West Bank wines from Israel

Psagot wine is one of the products affected by proposed European restrictions.

Israeli West Bank wine producer says labelling the origin of his wines under new rules won't hurt sales.

Israel suspends EU role in Palestinian peace process

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says new EU labelling rules for Israeli exports are 'hypocritical and a double standard.'

Israel calls new EU rules on product labelling 'discriminatory' and suspends contact over peace negotiations.

Turkey will return Russia pilot's body

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey will repatriate a Russian pilot's body.

Despite being slapped with sanctions, Turkey attempts a goodwill gesture after shooting down Russian jet.

Isis replaced by rubber ducks

The 4chan duck attack has also made liberal use of toilet brushes.

Isis' terror is on course to get a lot less serious thanks to 4chan users.

Kiwis take flight at World Air Games

Chris Stewart drags his foot before entering an obstacle course; canopy piloting is one of the exhilarting disciples on show at the World Air Games in Dubai.

Proving kiwis can fly is a freefall away for professional skydiver Chris Stewart.

Kurdish lawyer shot dead video

Prominent Kurdish lawyer and activist Tahir Elci speaking to media in October 2015.

"Shoulder to shoulder against fascism," scream Turkish protesters after prominent lawyer Tahir Elci is shot dead.

Suicide car bomb kills seven

An Iraqi security forces soldier guards as Shi'ite pilgrims walk to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shi'ite ritual of Arbaeen, in Baghdad.

At least seven people killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a northern Iraqi town.

Sri Lanka urges reprieve for maid

Saudi Arabia's hard-line stance on executions hasn't damaged its international relations – the country is still seen as a friend of the West. US President Barack Obama met King Salman in the Oval Office in September.

Sri Lanka calling on Saudi Arabia to pardon a domestic worker sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

Putin asks France where not to bomb in Syria

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and France's Francois Hollande agree  to exchange intelligence on militant groups in Syria.

Russia's President asks for a map of where groups fighting Isis are in Syria in order not to bomb them.

NZ flag shown in Isis video

The New Zealand flag show in the anti-Islamic State "Global Coalition".

Kiwi flag linked to "global coalition" Islamic State has challenged to "bring it on".

Saudis to sue Twitter user saying sentences are Isis-like

Sentenced to death: Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh.

Saudi Arabia threatens to sue Twitter user who compare their justice system to Isis.

Cameron says time to bomb militants video

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron: "We do not have the luxury of being able to wait until the Syrian conflict is resolved before tackling ISIL (Islamic State)."

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was time to join air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.

Saudi Arabia to execute 50

Salman bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia, where the kingdom plans to execute more than 50 people convicted of terrorism.

In what appears to be a warning to would-be jihadists, Saudi Arabia to execute those convicted of "terrorist crimes".

James Bond-style rescue operation

Images taken from video show a Russian war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets.

The complex rescue operation to recover the pilots of the Russian jet shot down by Turkey.

US hospital strike 'tragic accident'

Injured Medicins Sans Frontieres staff after the  attack on the hospital in Kunduz.

Some US personnel have been suspended over attack on Afghan hospital that killed 30.

Artist's death sentence for atheism

Sentenced to death: Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

Ashraf Fayadh was charged with blasphemy, spreading atheism and having an illicit relationship with women.

Russia: 'planned provocation' video

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: "We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards Turkish people has not changed."

Turkey's downing of Russian bomber near Syrian border "looks like a planned provocation," says foreign minister.

Shot down pilot: No warning video

Moments before the plane crashed.

The surviving crew member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said he received no warnings.

Russian pilot now 'safe and sound' video

Moments before the plane crashed.

Russia's ambassador to France says the other pilot was killed on the ground.

Turkey downs Russian jet video

Moments before the plane crashed.

Putin warns Turkey there will be "significant consequences."

Australia calls for 'restraint'

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called for Russia and Turkey not to let the situation escalate.

'It is important that this incident does not lead to an escalation of conflict in a highly charged regional situation'

'Payback and vested interests'

Moments before the plane crashed.

Syria is a 'dangerous free-for-all' for world powers

Islamic State recruit killed for trying to escape

Austrian teen Samra Kesinovic has been killed by Syrian jihadists, reports say.

Poster girl reportedly beaten to death by the jihadist group in northern Syrian town

'This could push us back to Cold War'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the downing of a Russian jet a stab in the back

Putin's reaction to the shooting down of a Russian plane sends warning signals, an expert believes.

Obama: Turkey entitled to defend airspace

US President Barack Obama (R) and French President Francois Hollande hold a joint news conference

Russia and Turkey have been urged to work together to avoid escalation of tensions.

Militants attack hotel, kill three

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (second from right) chairs a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Cairo last week.

Militants attack hotel in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least three people, including a judge.

'Accomplices of terrorists' - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said there would be serious consequences for Turkey shooting down a Russian jet.

President Vladimir Putin calls Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back.

Isil 'trying to gain nuclear arms'

A French rafale aircraft takes-off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. France has launched strikes against Islamic State in Syria and British MPs could vote on whether to follow suit as early as next week.

British PM says MPs could vote on air strikes in Syria next week, as he lays out NZ$413bn in spending on defence over the next decade.

Chemical attacks 'becoming routine'

People inspect a site targeted by what activists said was a poison gas attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province in March, 2015. Chemical attacks in Syria are becoming routine, a US envoy says.

The use of toxic arms is "becoming routine in the Syrian civil war", a US envoy warns.

Three Palestinians shot dead

An Israeli female soldier reacts at the scene where a Palestinian stabbed and killed an Israeli soldier at a petrol station.

Surge in violence in West Bank continues with three Palestinians shot dead after attacks.

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