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    Bus accident in south India kills at least 55 people

    Bus accident in south India kills at least 55 people


    A bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people including four children, officials...

    A bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of south India plunged off a road on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people including four children, officials said.
    Seventeen years after September 11, al-Qaeda may be stronger than ever

    Seventeen years after September 11, al-Qaeda may be stronger than ever


    In the days after September 11, 2001, the United States set out to destroy al-Qaeda. US President George W Bush vowed to "starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no...

    In the days after September 11, 2001, the United States set out to destroy al-Qaeda. US President George W Bush vowed to "starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest."
    Plan to tow icebergs from Antarctica to parched Dubai

    Plan to tow icebergs from Antarctica to parched Dubai


    What do you do if you're a fast-growing city in the desert with lots of thirsty people and little freshwater reserves? Park an iceberg off the...

    What do you do if you're a fast-growing city in the desert with lots of thirsty people and little freshwater reserves? Park an iceberg off the coast.
    Fears of 'bloodbath' in Syria as Iran and Russia back military offensive on Idlib

    Fears of 'bloodbath' in Syria as Iran and Russia back military offensive on Idlib


    The presidents of Iran and Russia on Friday (Saturday NZ time) backed a military offensive to retake the last rebel-held area of Syria as Turkey's president pled for a cease-fire, perhaps the final chance to avoid what activists warn will be a...

    The presidents of Iran and Russia on Friday (Saturday NZ time) backed a military offensive to retake the last rebel-held area of Syria as Turkey's president pled for a cease-fire, perhaps the final chance to avoid what activists warn will be a humanitarian disaster.
    Saudi canal will turn Qatar into an island

    Saudi canal will turn Qatar into an island


    A senior aide to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has dropped further hints that the country is planning to turn its Gulf rival Qatar into an island by digging a canal that will cut the peninsula off from the...

    A senior aide to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has dropped further hints that the country is planning to turn its Gulf rival Qatar into an island by digging a canal that will cut the peninsula off from the mainland.
    US ends funding of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

    US ends funding of UN agency for Palestinian refugees


    The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral US aid for projects in the West Bank and...


    The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral US aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.
    Israel's propaganda project is failing and here is why

    Israel's propaganda project is failing and here is why


    OPINION: Forget the kibbutz-building Zionists of the past; the new Zionism is not about "doing" and forging a vision for the future; it is about focusing on "hasbara" (Hebrew: explaining) and preserving the status...

    OPINION: Forget the kibbutz-building Zionists of the past; the new Zionism is not about "doing" and forging a vision for the future; it is about focusing on "hasbara" (Hebrew: explaining) and preserving the status quo.
    Saudi Arabia seeking first death penalty for female activist

    Saudi Arabia seeking first death penalty for female activist


    Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia are seeking the death penalty for five activists in the country's Eastern Province, according to Saudi activists and Human Rights Watch. Among those being targeted is Israa al-Ghomgham, who Saudi groups say would be the first...

    Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia are seeking the death penalty for five activists in the country's Eastern Province, according to Saudi activists and Human Rights Watch. Among those being targeted is Israa al-Ghomgham, who Saudi groups say would be the first female human rights activist to be put to death in the Saudi kingdom if the execution proceeds.
    'Most ancient cheese' found in 3300-year-old Egyptian jar

    'Most ancient cheese' found in 3300-year-old Egyptian jar


    For thousands of years beneath Egypt's desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it's "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever...

    For thousands of years beneath Egypt's desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it's "probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.''
    Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48

    Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48


    A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), killing at least 48 people and wounding 67 in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group, officials...

    A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), killing at least 48 people and wounding 67 in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group, officials said.
    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.