Middle East

Iraqi security forces and Popular Mobilization Forces patrol in Tuz Khormato, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence. (AP Photo)

Thousands of civilians stream back to Kirkuk, taken by Iraq

Just a day ago civilians fled as Iraqi troops pushed Kurdish forces out of the disputed oil-rich city.

US President Donald Trump said the review he ordered of the United States policy towards Iran has now been completed.

Donald Trump accuses Iran of violating nuke deal but he won't pull out now

President Donald Trump has angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

American couple released by Taliban after five years in captivity

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were abducted five years ago while travelling in Afghanistan. They now have three kids.

A Kurdish flag hangs in the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Iraq's prime minister ordered the country's Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, a response to the Kurdish independence referendum. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraq's Kurds overwhelmingly vote in favour of independence

Iraq and its neighbours, along with virtually the entire international community, are opposed to any redrawing of the map.

The high-flying taxi comes with plenty of fail-safes, and can stay airborne for 30 minutes.

Watch: Drone testing first step on way to flying taxis for Dubai

The high-flying taxi comes with plenty of fail-safes, and can stay airborne for 30 minutes.

King Salman ordered the Royal decree, requesting driver licences be issued to women who want them.

Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia for first time

The kingdom had been the only country in the world to bar women from driving.

Demi Lovato speaks at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Demi Lovato to help war-scarred children in Iraq

The singer and Global Citizen will fund the expansion of a Save the Children pilot program.

The conflict took place in the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour.

Watch: Explosions as Syrian Government forces pound ISIS targets

The conflict took place in the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour.

Battle for ISIS de-facto capital Raqqa in its final stages

The battle for the IS de-facto capital of Raqqa is in its "final stages", the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have claimed.

Kiwi troops in Iraq cast their votes

The NZ Army captain appointed as the electoral officer says the voting experience wasn't too different from that at home.

The operation is underway in the town of Akrashat in Anbor province.

Targets destroyed as Iraqi military launches offensive against ISIS held town

The operation to liberate Akashat aims to secure part of the borders and the area north of a vital highway.

FILE - In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, in Islamic State group-held territory, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group pray at the Tabqa air base after capturing it from the Syrian government in Raqqa, Syria. A two-pronged advance to capture key urban strongholds of the Islamic State, and the extremist group's self-styled capital of Raqqa has underlined a convergence of strategy between Washington and Moscow to defeat the extremist group, with Syria's Kurds emerging as the common denominator. (Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group via AP, File)

Last hospital in IS-led Raqqa: Staff forced to clean patients' wounds with salt water

Hospital staff in a lone health facility in IS-controlled Raqqa are using salt water to treat patients as medical supplies dwindle in the war zone.

Their lawyers are seeking an independent inquiry into claims made in a book written by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson.

Afghan villagers' lawyers take NZ Government to court over claims SAS involved in civilian deaths

The book Hit and Run claimed Afghan civilians were killed in 2010 raids involving the SAS.

Syrian soldiers walking among damaged buildings on a street filled with debris near the ancient Umayyad Mosque, in the Old City of Aleppo

US-backed Syrian rebels defect, join government forces

At least four US-backed Syrian rebels have defected, joining government forces after the United States announced the end of a CIA program which helped back opposition fighters.

Jerusalem's Old City.

Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops turn violent after metal detectors installed outside Jerusalem shrine

Three Palestinians were killed and dozens more were injured after protests over the installation of metal detectors outside a Jerusalem shrine turned violent.

Saudi woman arrested for wearing a skirt released by authorities after backlash

The decision not to press charges was a rare win for supporters of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

Civilians flee through a destroyed alley as Iraqi Special Forces continue their advance against Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

French woman faces prosecution in Iraq for possible links to IS

The mother of four was captured in Mosul and the fate of her children is now in legal limbo.

Video: Iraq's Prime Minister pays visit to his troops in Mosul after defeat of ISIS

ISIS militants militants now control less than a mile of territory in the shattered city,

Watch: Dubai to introduce 'RoboCop' style automated security vehicles to patrol city streets

The slow moving vehicle is able to scan human faces and launch its own drone.

Suicide bomber dressed as woman kills 14 in Iraq

At least 20 other people were wounded in the explosion.

An increasing number of New Zealanders are going to fight in Syria according to our spy and security boss.

Suicide car bombs leave several dead, more injured in Syrian capital

Security forces intercepted two other car bombs, suggesting they were controlled explosions.

At least 153 now presumed dead in fuel tanker explosion in Pakistan

Many were rushing towards the tanker to collect fuel when it burst into flames.

Fighter plane silhouette

US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter jet

The shootdown was near the town of Tabqa.

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