Middle East

Yemen Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr attends the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Tuesday April 25, 2017. (Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

UN chief says aid conference draws $1.6 billion in pledges for war-torn Yemen

The war has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine and obliterated its health system.

Court. (file photo)

Israeli teen charged over hoax bomb threat against New Zealand Jewish centre

Israeli prosecutors say the 18-year-old made threats against schools, shopping malls, police stations, airlines and airports.

Airstrike kills eight members of same family in northern Syria

Local activists said the strike appeared to have been launched by the US-led coalition.

02:24
The CAA is renewing security measures on flights from Dubai and Doha, concerning Muslims living in New Zealand.

Muslims in NZ fear discrimination if security tightened on flights from Middle East

NZ is considering following its allies by tightening security of flights from Doha and Dubai.

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Bill English said countries New Zealand works with on security have tightened rules for those from certain high-risk countries, meaning we should also consider it.

'Other countries have done it' - PM says tighter Middle East flight restrictions worth considering

New security measures could affect flights from "seven or eight" countries.

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Taliban fighters disguised themselves as soldiers and opened fire inside a mosque and dining hall in the base.

Death toll in Taliban attack on Afghan army base rises to 140

Taliban fighters disguised themselves as soldiers and opened fire inside a mosque and dining hall in the base.

02:09
Some are asking if spending that much to take part in the Dubai expo is worth it.

New Zealand to build $53 million pavilion at World Expo 2020 in Dubai

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has announced NZ's participation in the expo during his visit to Dubai.

Video: Four lanes of traffic stopped in UAE to save frightened little kitten

The small black kitten was stranded in the centre of an eight-lane road near Sheikh Zayed Street.

Australian soldiers (file picture).

Australians provide help after ISIS gas attack on Iraqi troops

ABC reported that the Iraqi military unit that was attacked had both Australian and US military advisers.

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The crowds chanted "thief, murderer, Erdogan" as the demonstrated against the results which grant President Erdogan greater powers.

'No we will not' – hundreds take to the streets to protest Turkey's referendum result

The crowds chanted "thief, murderer, Erdogan" as the demonstrated against the result which grant President Erdogan greater powers.

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Dozens more were injured when the bomb exploded at an evacuation centre.

Eighty children among the dead in Syrian evacuation point explosion as death toll rises to 126

"There comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one."

A volunteer gestures to refugees and migrants aboard a dinghy, as they approach a beach after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.  More than a million people reached Europe in 2015 in the continent's largest refugee influx since the end of World War II. Nearly 3,800 people are estimated to have drowned in the Mediterranean last year, making the journey to Greece or Italy in unseaworthy vessels packed far beyond capacity. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Italy saves thousands of migrants over Easter

Over 6000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.

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The attack targeted a convoy of buses which were meant to be taking people to safety.

At least 40 people killed by huge suicide bomb blast in Aleppo

The attack targeted a convoy of buses which were meant to be taking people to safety.

00:25
Dozens more were injured when the bomb exploded at an evacuation centre.

At least 100 civilians killed, dozens injured in blast near Syrian city of Aleppo

State media reported that the explosion was caused by a car bomb.

02:23
Groups of civilians fleeing to refugee camps have been infiltrated by fighters.

Iraq prepares for fresh assault to dislodge ISIS from Mosul

Groups of civilians fleeing to refugee camps have been infiltrated by fighters.

China urges North Korea and US to step back from potential war

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is pledging support for dialogue between the sides.

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US against launching new strikes on Syria

Russia warns that any further action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security."

Israeli police said a Palestinian man stabbed a woman in Jerusalem, seriously wounding her before forces apprehended him at the scene.

Palestinian stabs British woman to death during Jerusalem Easter celebrations

The tourist was stabbed in Jerusalem close to the Old City, packed with Christians celebrating Good Friday.

US bomb attack kills 36 Islamic State group fighters, Afghanistan officials say

The US targeted a tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan.

GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb.

US drops 'mother of all bombs' on Afghanistan ISIS target

The Pentagon says the bomb was dropped on a cave complex believed to be used by IS fighters.

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The Russian military said it would help Syria beef up its air defences after the US strike on the Syrian air base.

John Armstrong: Trump's u-turn on Syria better than Obama's dithering

The US missile strikes aren't going to lead to WW3, our columnist says.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, right, and British Secretary of State Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting in Forte dei Marmi, near Lucca, Monday, April 10, 2017. Alfano and Johnson will attend a G7 Foreign ministers meeting in Lucca on Monday and Tuesday. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

G-7 ministers seek unity in bid to press Russia over Syria's President Assad

They also hope to gain a sense from the US Secretary of Trump's next steps and foreign-policy goals.

03:23
Bill English is quizzed about possible military involvement by NZ.

Kiwis overwhelmingly against NZ being dragged into Syria conflict as English says he 'wouldn't rule it out'

Mr English says New Zealand hasn't had any requests from the US over any military action.

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The first attacked happened during Mass in Tanta, followed by a second bomb exploding at a Coptic church in Alexandria.

Egyptian church bombed on Palm Sunday, killing at least 44 people

Christians make up around 10 per cent of Egypt's population and have repeatedly been targeted by Islamic extremists.

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The Russian military said it would help Syria beef up its air defences after the US strike on the Syrian air base.

Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack

The airstrikes on the opposition-held northern town of Khan Sheikhoun killed a woman and wounded her son

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Kiwi experts believe New Zealand could be asked to do more if the situation between the two nations escalates.

Could New Zealand be asked to be involved in a Russia US conflict?

Kiwi experts believe more could be asked of New Zealand if the situation between the two nations escalates.

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Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles slammed into the base, in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons in a rebel-held town.

Video: Sky lights up over Syrian base as US cruise missiles slam into targets

The attack against a Syrian air base was the first US assault against the government of President Bashar Assad.

Syrian UN representative calls US missile strikes a 'barbaric, flagrant act of aggression'

Mounzer Mounzer says their actions will embolden terrorist groups to use chemical weapons.

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