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    Yemen - a broken country on the brink of an abyss

    Yemen - a broken country on the brink of an abyss


    It is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and yet most people wouldn't have heard of it, let alone being able to locate it on a...

    It is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and yet most people wouldn't have heard of it, let alone being able to locate it on a map.
    Much at stake as nice and nasty face off

    Much at stake as nice and nasty face off


    OPINION: It started as a fairly routine tweet from an inoffensive source - Canada's foreign affairs ministry. But in just a few days it escalated into a world-class diplomatic...

    OPINION: It started as a fairly routine tweet from an inoffensive source - Canada's foreign affairs ministry. But in just a few days it escalated into a world-class diplomatic clash.
    Dubai denies woman held because of drinking a glass of wine inflight

    Dubai denies woman held because of drinking a glass of wine inflight


    Dubai's Attorney General says a woman who claimed she was detained in the city after drinking a glass of wine on her flight from London was actually held because she verbally abused and photographed an immigration...

    Dubai's Attorney General says a woman who claimed she was detained in the city after drinking a glass of wine on her flight from London was actually held because she verbally abused and photographed an immigration officer. 
    Kiwi companies trading with Iran will mostly fall under 'humanitarian' exemption

    Kiwi companies trading with Iran will mostly fall under 'humanitarian' exemption


    Do as the Trump administration says, not as the United States president's tweets, is the trade minister's message to Kiwi businesses looking to continue exporting to...

    Do as the Trump administration says, not as the United States president's tweets, is the trade minister's message to Kiwi businesses looking to continue exporting to Iran. 
    Amid Saudi spat with Canada, image of plane flying toward CN Tower tweeted

    Amid Saudi spat with Canada, image of plane flying toward CN Tower tweeted


    Amid a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada, a pro-Saudi Government Twitter account shared - and then deleted - a digitally altered image that appeared to show a plane flying towards the skyline of Toronto, Canada's largest...

    Amid a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada, a pro-Saudi Government Twitter account shared - and then deleted - a digitally altered image that appeared to show a plane flying towards the skyline of Toronto, Canada's largest city.
    Osama bin Laden's mother says son was 'brainwashed' at university

    Osama bin Laden's mother says son was 'brainwashed' at university


    Osama bin Laden's mother, Alia Ghanem, spoke out for the first time this week about her son's life and radicalisation in a bombshell interview with The...


    Osama bin Laden's mother, Alia Ghanem, spoke out for the first time this week about her son's life and radicalisation in a bombshell interview with The Guardian.
    Afghanistan officials: Attacks kill three foreign workers, three police officers

    Afghanistan officials: Attacks kill three foreign workers, three police officers


    Three foreign workers were abducted and killed in Kabul on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), their bodies later found in one of the city's more dangerous neighbourhoods, officials said. Meanwhile, a Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan left three policemen...

    Three foreign workers were abducted and killed in Kabul on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), their bodies later found in one of the city's more dangerous neighbourhoods, officials said. Meanwhile, a Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan left three policemen dead.
    Union leader Mike Treen says Israelis tasered him

    Union leader Mike Treen says Israelis tasered him


    Unite union national director Mike Treen says he was tasered repeatedly by Israeli forces who intercepted a Freedom Flotilla boat taking medical supplies to...

    Unite union national director Mike Treen says he was tasered repeatedly by Israeli forces who intercepted a Freedom Flotilla boat taking medical supplies to Gaza.
    Trump says he's willing to meet Iran's president 'anytime'

    Trump says he's willing to meet Iran's president 'anytime'


    US President Donald Trump has said he would "certainly meet" with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were...

    US President Donald Trump has said he would "certainly meet" with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian leader were willing.
    As Europe's prisons fill with returning ISIS fighters, officials warn of future 'human bombs'

    As Europe's prisons fill with returning ISIS fighters, officials warn of future 'human bombs'


    A few months before his killing rampage, convicted robber and prison inmate Benjamin Herman had a jailhouse conversion of a sort. A white suburban teen and a nominal Catholic when he was first incarcerated, he emerged in late May as an avowed Islamist...

    A few months before his killing rampage, convicted robber and prison inmate Benjamin Herman had a jailhouse conversion of a sort. A white suburban teen and a nominal Catholic when he was first incarcerated, he emerged in late May as an avowed Islamist who would murder three people within hours of gaining freedom on a work-release program.
    Palestinian teen protest icon Ahed Tamimi leaves Israeli prison

    Palestinian teen protest icon Ahed Tamimi leaves Israeli prison


    Palestinian youth activist Ahed Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday after serving an eight-month sentence on assault and incitement charges and arrived home to a hero's...


    Palestinian youth activist Ahed Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday after serving an eight-month sentence on assault and incitement charges and arrived home to a hero's welcome.
    Egypt court sentences 75 to death over 2013 sit-in

    Egypt court sentences 75 to death over 2013 sit-in


    An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, state media...

    An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, state media reports.
    Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet as Assad's forces reach the Golan Heights

    Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet as Assad's forces reach the Golan Heights


    Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven...

    Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for the first time in seven years.
    Hundreds of Syrian White Helmets evacuated to Jordan by Israeli army

    Hundreds of Syrian White Helmets evacuated to Jordan by Israeli army


    The Israeli military, in coordination with its US and European allies, evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria in a complex and first-of-a-kind...

    The Israeli military, in coordination with its US and European allies, evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation.
    Netanyahu's U-turn on right to surrogacy draws mass LGBT protests

    Netanyahu's U-turn on right to surrogacy draws mass LGBT protests


     Waving rainbow flags and demanding equal rights, members of Israel's LGBT community and their supporters rallied across the country, protesting the government's refusal to amend a law that would have allowed gay couples to father children via...

     Waving rainbow flags and demanding equal rights, members of Israel's LGBT community and their supporters rallied across the country, protesting the government's refusal to amend a law that would have allowed gay couples to father children via surrogacy.
    Crumbs from the world's oldest bread show it might have resembled a pita

    Crumbs from the world's oldest bread show it might have resembled a pita


    Historians and archaeologists have traditionally linked bread to the dawn of agriculture, when people domesticated plants such as wheat, cultivated them and ground them into...

    Historians and archaeologists have traditionally linked bread to the dawn of agriculture, when people domesticated plants such as wheat, cultivated them and ground them into flour.
    Archaeologists in Egypt discover mummification workshop

    Archaeologists in Egypt discover mummification workshop


    Archaeologists in Egypt stumbled upon a new discovery dating back to more than 2,500 years ago near Egypt's famed pyramids at an ancient necropolis south of...

    Archaeologists in Egypt stumbled upon a new discovery dating back to more than 2,500 years ago near Egypt's famed pyramids at an ancient necropolis south of Cairo.
    Saudi Arabia's women take to the roads with joy and relief

    Saudi Arabia's women take to the roads with joy and relief


    With her husband in the passenger seat and her daughter cheering her on, Dania Alagili guided her sport utility vehicle onto the King Abdulaziz Road early Sunday, breaking a social barrier as she braved the roaring Saudi...

    With her husband in the passenger seat and her daughter cheering her on, Dania Alagili guided her sport utility vehicle onto the King Abdulaziz Road early Sunday, breaking a social barrier as she braved the roaring Saudi traffic.