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    A 3000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible's oldest mysteries

    A 3000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible's oldest mysteries


    Buried under a pair of hills at Israel's northern border, at the nexus of three ancient kingdoms, is one of the last large biblical sites yet to be uncovered. So said an international team of archaeologists after they started to dig up the ruins of Abel...

    Buried under a pair of hills at Israel's northern border, at the nexus of three ancient kingdoms, is one of the last large biblical sites yet to be uncovered. So said an international team of archaeologists after they started to dig up the ruins of Abel Beth Maacah five years ago.
    'Why do you have to kill them?': Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu confronted

    'Why do you have to kill them?': Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu confronted


    Israel had no option but to shoot dead protesters, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, after being confronted over the deaths of more than 100 Palestinians by a former leader of Britain's Conservative...

    Israel had no option but to shoot dead protesters, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, after being confronted over the deaths of more than 100 Palestinians by a former leader of Britain's Conservative party. 
    Iran informs United Nations of increase in nuclear enrichment capacity

    Iran informs United Nations of increase in nuclear enrichment capacity


    Iran has informed the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world...

    Iran has informed the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world powers.
    Saudi Arabia issues first driver's licences to women

    Saudi Arabia issues first driver's licences to women


    Saudi Arabia has issued the first driving licences to 10 women as it prepares to lift the world's only ban on women driving on June...

    Saudi Arabia has issued the first driving licences to 10 women as it prepares to lift the world's only ban on women driving on June 24.
    'Don't be afraid to shoot': A former Israeli soldier's account of Gaza

    'Don't be afraid to shoot': A former Israeli soldier's account of Gaza


    The killing of more than 100 Palestinians by the Israeli Defence Force during recent protests in the Gaza Strip is the latest example of routine violence and abuse by the military and part of an aggressive strategy to control the occupied...

    The killing of more than 100 Palestinians by the Israeli Defence Force during recent protests in the Gaza Strip is the latest example of routine violence and abuse by the military and part of an aggressive strategy to control the occupied territories.
    Tensions rise as Gaza militants fire more than 50 mortars, rockets into Israel

    Tensions rise as Gaza militants fire more than 50 mortars, rockets into Israel


    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 50 rockets and mortar shells into Israel on Tuesday, as tensions escalated between Israelis and Palestinians following weeks of lethal protests and tit-for-tat cross-border...

    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 50 rockets and mortar shells into Israel on Tuesday, as tensions escalated between Israelis and Palestinians following weeks of lethal protests and tit-for-tat cross-border attacks.
    Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown

    Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown


    It took Elias more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and...

    It took Elias more than two months to prepare, coming up with the concept, assembling his outfit and rehearsing.
    The language used about Palestinians is putting their lives at risk

    The language used about Palestinians is putting their lives at risk


    OPINION: The language used by most mainstream media to report and analyse the events in Gaza is not just shameful, it risks Palestinian...

    OPINION: The language used by most mainstream media to report and analyse the events in Gaza is not just shameful, it risks Palestinian lives.
    US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

    US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran


    The United States on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by US President Donald Trump and threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't change...

    The United States on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by US President Donald Trump and threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't change course.
    Eight-month-old Leila, Palestinian martyr and political poster child

    Eight-month-old Leila, Palestinian martyr and political poster child


    Leila al-Ghandour's little face peeked out as her father carried her body from the mosque, wrapped in a white funeral shroud and the green, black and red Palestinian...

    Leila al-Ghandour's little face peeked out as her father carried her body from the mosque, wrapped in a white funeral shroud and the green, black and red Palestinian flag.
    Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens of Palestinians killed in Gaza

    Israel faces diplomatic fallout after dozens of Palestinians killed in Gaza


    Israel faces a growing backlash and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 61 Palestinians and wounded more than 2700 at a mass protest in...

    Israel faces a growing backlash and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 61 Palestinians and wounded more than 2700 at a mass protest in Gaza.
    Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghanistan city of Farah

    Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghanistan city of Farah


    The Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions on a city in western Afghanistan early on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time), killing and wounding at least six security forces, officials...

    The Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions on a city in western Afghanistan early on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time), killing and wounding at least six security forces, officials said.
    Dozens of Palestinians killed in Gaza as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

    Dozens of Palestinians killed in Gaza as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem


    Israeli soldiers have killed 58 Palestinians demonstrating along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and wounded more than 2400 in the bloodiest day in the enclave since the 2014 war with Israel, according to the Gaza Health...

    Israeli soldiers have killed 58 Palestinians demonstrating along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and wounded more than 2400 in the bloodiest day in the enclave since the 2014 war with Israel, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
    Israeli PM praises Trump's

    Israeli PM praises Trump's "bold" embassy move


    With American officials looking on, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised President Donald Trump's "bold decision'' to move the American Embassy to contested...

    With American officials looking on, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised President Donald Trump's "bold decision'' to move the American Embassy to contested Jerusalem.