Middle East

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Saudi Women take the driver’s seat legally for the first time, as the country makes a “modernizing” change today.

Video: Saudi women get behind wheel for first time ever legally

Saudi women took the driver's seat today for the first time, as the country makes a modernising change.

A Russian military officer displays a chemical lab during a briefing by Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries in Kubinka Patriot park outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. Russian officials said the lab was used by the rebels to produce mustard gas and contained equipment made in Western Europe. Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians. Russia’s foreign and defense ministries also charged that the international chemical weapons watchdog has failed to objectively investigate the alleged chemical attacks and is subject to political control.  (AP Photo)

Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

"The US, Britain, France and their allies have misled international community," the chief of Russia's military's biological protection unit, said.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 file photo, Israel's Prime Minister's wife Sara Netanyahu arrives for the meeting with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at Bercy Economy Ministry, in Paris, France. Israeli prosecutors have charged Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, with a series of crimes including fraud and breach of trust. The Justice Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, June 21, 2018, that Sara Netanyahu stands accused of misusing public funds by fraudulently ordering hundreds of meals to the prime minister's official residence worth over $100,000 while falsely stating there were no cooks on staff. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Sara Netanyahu is accused of misusing $US100,000 of public funds.

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The actress and director visited west Mosul less than one year after the city’s liberation from ISIS.

Watch: 'They're moving rubble with their bare hands' – Angelina Jolie visits Iraq

The actress and director visited West Mosul less than one year after the city’s liberation from ISIS.

Australian soldiers (file picture).

Malcolm Turnbull condemns Australian Army vehicle's Nazi flag as 'utterly unacceptable'

The ABC has published a photo of the flag flying from a patrol vehicle in Afghanistan in 2007.

The Queen had approved four medals for gallantry under fire in Afghanistan and South Sudan.

New Zealand extends its stay in Afghanistan for another three months

The Government is still considering NZ's future in Afghanistan after nearly two decades there.

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New York Times: Westerners are still going on holiday to Afghanistan - and couch surfing with the locals is a popular method

Many Western tourists visiting Afghanistan are using social apps to stay with Afghan hosts at no cost.

Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza's border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israel to deduct from Palestinian funds for Gaza Strip arson damages

The Palestinian Authority slammed the move, calling it "robbery and cowardly aggression".

An Israeli tank drives along the border with the  Gaza strip, on Israel-Gaza Border, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 50 rockets and mortars into southern Israel on Tuesday, the largest barrage since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. Tensions have soared over the past two months as the Palestinians have held mass protests along the Gaza-Israel frontier. Israeli fire has killed more than 100 Palestinians and wounded thousands at the protests since March. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Red Cross to send surgeons to Gaza to treat gunshot victims following recent border protests

The agency said its surgeons will perform about half of an estimated 4000 surgeries.

Gaza militants strike Israel, drawing Israeli retaliation in largest flare up since 2014 war

Palestinian militants fired over two dozen mortar rounds into southern Israel.

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The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Floods, damage in Salalah as fatal cyclone batters Oman

The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince William joins military veterans now working for the National Health Service, as he visits Evelina London Children's Hospital in London. Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June 2018, the first British royal to make an official visit there. (Daniel Leal Olivas/Pool via AP)

Prince William to visit Israel in June, the first British royal to do so in an official capacity

Irael's occupation of the Palestinian territories is considered illegal by the UK.

A highly poisonous 'death cap' mushrom - Amanita phalloides.

Hundreds poisoned, 15 dead, from eating mushrooms in Iran

Iranian media say more than 1,000 have been poisoned after eating wild mushrooms in recent weeks.

Jacinda Ardern outlined her government’s stance on the US-led strikes on Syria today, speaking from the Comm Games in the Gold Coast.

Israel Embassy takes objection to PM's description of 60 deaths in Gaza as 'one-sided'

The embassy released a statement describing the NZ Government's response as regrettable.

Trump says Iran re-starting nuclear programme would lead to 'severe consequences'

Trump yesterday withdrew the US from the accord with Iran and abruptly restored harsh sanctions.

The Damascus sky lights up missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denounces US-led strike on Syria as an 'act of aggression', Iran labels them a 'military crime'

Loud explosions lit up the skies over Damascus today in "precision strikes" carried out by the US, Britain and France.

Syria conflict: US urges UN to condemn Russia over chemical weapons attack

The new US draft says the security council "will thoroughly assess how to take action".

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The Security Council called for a 30 day truce to allow for aid deliveries.

Russia to set up evacuation routes for civilians in Syria's besieged Ghouta

The suburb of Damascus has been under intensive bombing by government forces for weeks.

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The Security Council called for a 30 day truce to allow for aid deliveries.

Syria death toll continues to climb despite UN vote bringing fall in bombing intensity

Attacks on residential areas appear to have shifted to strikes on front lines.

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Chris Clarke says 'humanity is needed' amongst global leaders to bring an end to the war.

'The situation remains dire' - Govt pledges additional $1.5m for Syria war victims

The latest pledge brings NZs funding for the Syrian crisis since 2011 to $23.5m.

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Watch: Israel's PM says Iran is the 'greatest threat to our world'

Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments come as tensions rise between the two nations.

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A human rights campaigner has said changes to the role of Kiwi soldiers in Iraq should have been made public.

Kiwi troops in Iraq given 'mentoring role' but haven't 'extended beyond the mandate' - Ardern

The PM responds to a report NZ troops have helped Iraqi forces with military operations.

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One of his colleagues described him as a fantastic person.

Tributes paid to Kiwi as death toll from Afghanistan attack rises to 103

The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles in the heart of Kabul.

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The bombing killed at least nine people.

Turkey launches attack on US-backed Kurdish forces across Syrian border

Turkish jets bombed more than 100 Kurdish militia targets, killing at least nine people.

Palestinian girl accused of slapping Israeli soldiers denied bail

The ruling in the high-profile case of Ahed Tamimi drew condemnation from Israeli rights activists and her father.

Listen as foul-mouthed US radio shock-jock Howard Stern unloads on Lorde over Israel show cancellation

The 21-year-old Kiwi singer last month announced she would be cancelling a planned show in Tel Aviv.

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