Middle East

ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Syria attack kills four Americans, raising questions about US pullout

Suicide bombing claimed by ISIS killed at least 16 people.

Cargo plane crashes in Iran, one survivor from 16 on board

The Iranian Boeing 707 coming from Kyrgyzstan was trying to land west of Iran's capital.

Woman protesters march with a sign outside the building housing the Saudi consulate in Sydney to support runaway Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, as Australia began considering her bid to settle in the country as a refugee.

Australian women hold topless protest in support of Saudi runaway

Australia is considering Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's bid to settle in the country as a refugee.

FILE - In this July 21, 2017, file photo, Kurdish soldiers from the Anti-Terrorism Units, carry a blindfolded an Indonesian man suspected of Islamic State membership, at a security center, in Kobani, Syria. What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Fate of ISIS fighters captured in Syria a lingering question

It's become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country.


Asylum in Australia 'very likely' to be granted for young Saudi woman stuck in Thailand

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's urgent pleas for help over Twitter garnered widespread attention.

With a government shutdown just hours away, President Donald Trump was appealing to Democrats over the wall funding issue via video message.

Trump's shifting timetable on Syria leaves allies scrambling

US allies today sought clarification from American diplomats over the pullout time-frame.

The White House has sent National Security Advisor John Bolton on a mission to allay Israel's concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

The president has backtracked on the sudden move to withdraw troops, saying it was never going to happen quickly.

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At least 30 Afghan villagers perish in flash flood while mining for gold

Dozens were also injured as a landslide and flash flood engulfed the river where they were searching for gold.

Aid stolen as Yemen starves, investigation reveals

The Associated Press has discovered families are not getting food aid intended for them.

FILE - In this recent undated photo, released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento, Calif., Ali Hassan kissing his dying 2-year-old son Abdullah in a Sacramento hospital. Abdullah Hassan, the son of a Yemeni woman who sued the Trump administration to let her into the country to be with the ailing boy has died. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday, Dec. 28 that Abdullah died in an Oakland, Calif., hospital. He suffered from a genetic brain condition. (Council on American-Islamic Relations via AP, File)

Two-year-old dies, days after Yemeni mum successfully sued US for travel-ban waiver to see him

Abdullah, who suffered a genetic brain disorder, was brought to the US for treatment.

Kurds seek help from Syrians as US prepares to withdraw

Syria's military says it has entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies.

It’s his first visit to soldiers stationed in a troubled region.

Iraqi politicians demand withdrawal of US troops from the country after Trump's surprise visit

"Arrogant" and an "a violation of national sovereignty" were but a few examples of the disapproval emanating from Baghdad.

It’s his first visit to soldiers stationed in a troubled region.

President Trump makes unannounced visit to US troops in Iraq

It comes a week after he stunned his national security advisers by announcing that he would withdraw US troops from neighbouring Syria.

In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 photo, released on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, by the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Foreign and former president of Ireland, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The UAE released the first images of Sheikha Latifa on Monday, months after friends and supporters say she disappeared following commandos storming a boat carrying her off the coast of India after she fled the Emirates. (United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via AP)

UAE releases photo of ruler's daughter after disappearance

The princess is "at home and living with her family in Dubai," an official statement says.

In this April 4, 2018 photo, a U.S. soldier stands in a newly installed position near the  front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria has rattled Washington's Kurdish allies, who are its most reliable partner in Syria and among the most effective ground forces battling the Islamic State group. Kurds in northern Syria said commanders and fighters met into the night, discussing their response to the surprise announcement Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Syria exit has Pentagon scrambling amid outrage over Trump's withdrawal of troops

The US President had made no secret of his desire to pull out of Middle East country - but the timing of his announcement remains a puzzle.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 24, 2015: Dubai Police officer checking driver ID and driving licence near by Jumeirah Lake Towers. In foreground is branded police jeep. In the background are Dubai Marina skyscrapers.

Scorned lover in UAE admits to killing and cooking partner who planned to leave her

His remains were then fed to neighbours, prosecutors allege.

The car was discovered in an underground carpark around the same time the journalist disappeared from the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Reports disfigured body of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's found

A source suggested his remains were found in the garden of the Saudi consul's home in Istanbul.

NZ Government says killing of journalist by Saudi operatives 'deeply disturbing'

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's death must be held accountable.

It comes after the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Jacinda Ardern says moving Australia's Israeli embassy to Jerusalem won't help peace talks in the region

Ms Ardern continues line of thought that led to her criticising US move earlier this year.

Missing Saudi journalist died during botched embassy interrogation, sources tell CNN

Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia hits back at Donald Trump's threat of 'severe punishment' over journalist's disappearance

The kingdom warned that if it "receives any action, it will respond with greater action".

US President Donald Trump vows to inflict 'severe punishment' on Saudi Arabia if found responsible for journalist’s murder

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared 11 days after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kiwis fined by Israeli courts over cancelled Lorde concert raising money for Gaza mental health

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab must pay three Israeli teenagers thousands in damages.

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde, with her six Tui Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017.

Israeli court fines two Kiwi activists $23,600 over Lorde boycott letter

Three ticket holders took a lawsuit against the pair, despite getting refunds for the cancelled concert, saying their "artistic welfare" had been harmed.

Missing Saudi Arabia journalist alive and captive in homeland after being spirited out of Turkey - report

Jamal Khashoggi went into Istanbul's Saudia Arabia embassy to collect finalised divorce papers, but never came out, leaving his fiance on the street and sparking a diplomatic incident.

Video shows aftermath of firey car bomb which killed four in Syria

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday's car bomb went off in Azaz.

Russian military aircraft with 14 on board inadvertently shot down by Syrian artillery -report

Syria was reportedly trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles.

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