Fresh fighting in key Syrian town

Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 4:30 pm

Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'

Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 11:41 am

Syria's Kobane no longer so isolated

Kobane gets breathing space in battle against IS

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 10:45 am

The mock Islamic State slave auction

The mock Islamic State 'sex slave market' in London

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 9:35 am

US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US military aircraft drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling IS militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 4:28 am

Battle for Kobane: Before and after images

Satellite images show Kobane's changing landscape

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 2:11 am

Mother helped son flee IS in Syria

The British mother who helped her son flee IS in Syria

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 12:23 am

Deadly attack on Baghdad mosque

A suicide attacker kills at least 18 people at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, the latest in a spate of insurgent attacks.

Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 4:43 pm

Iraq approves Australia anti-IS unit

Australia closes a deal to allow 200 special forces into Iraq to train local troops to fight against Islamic State, after a month-long legal row.

Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 1:11 pm

Egypt profile

Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.

Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 4:39 am

VIDEO: Refugee misery for Iraqi Christians

When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq during the summer, people from Christian communities were threatened with death if they refused to convert to Islam.

Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 3:40 am

West urges end to Libya violence

The US and four European allies call for an immediate end to the fighting in Libya between government forces and Islamist rebels.

Posted by on 18 October 2014 | 9:44 pm

Iraq MPs complete anti-IS government

Iraqi MPs approve new defence and interior ministers after weeks of delay, completing a unity cabinet as the government battles IS militants.

Posted by on 18 October 2014 | 11:37 am

Islamic State 'is training pilots'

Iraqi pilots who joined Islamic State are training its members in Syria to fly three captured fighter jets, a UK-based activist group says.

Posted by on 17 October 2014 | 1:16 pm

VIDEO: 'We live with the threat of IS'

Baghdad residents speak about their determination to carry on with life as normal despite the on-going threat from Islamic State militants.

Posted by on 17 October 2014 | 12:20 pm

VIDEO: Battle for Kobane continues

Kurdish forces, backed by US-led air strikes, are continuing to fight militants in the northern Syrian town of Kobane.

Posted by on 17 October 2014 | 7:58 am

The world's fastest ambulance

The world's fastest paramedics at 300km/h

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 6:05 pm

VIDEO: Jihadist's son returns from Syria

An eight-year-old boy form Kosovo has been reunited with his mother after returning from Syria.

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 5:31 pm

'Nothing left for me in Anbar'

Iraqi Sunni flees Anbar tells of Islamic State reprisal attacks

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 11:13 am

Carter Center shuts office in Egypt

A rights group founded by former US President Jimmy Carter has closed its office in Egypt citing restrictions on democratic freedoms.

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 8:37 am

Kosovo 'jihad' boy rescued in Syria

A young boy from Kosovo is reunited with his mother after being freed from his jihadist father in Syria in a secret operation.

Posted by on 16 October 2014 | 6:08 am

VIDEO: Pentagon: Kobane 'could still fall'

The Pentagon says that the town of Kobane, under attack by Islamic State militants, "could still fall".

Posted by on 15 October 2014 | 5:02 pm

Rebels clash with al-Qaeda in Yemen

Shia Houthi rebels and al-Qaeda militants engage in heavy fighting in southern Yemen, as the rebels seek to expand the territory under their control.

Posted by on 15 October 2014 | 11:27 am

VIDEO: Sunni and Shia divisions in Iraq

There are fears Iraq is descending into sectarian warfare as Shia militias have become the main fighting force since the Iraqi army was defeated by IS.

Posted by on 15 October 2014 | 4:37 am

Tunisia profile

Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia

Posted by on 14 October 2014 | 7:47 am