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Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, arrives with Karen Abuzayd, member of the Commission.

Syrian forces used rape as a weapon - UN

The youngest known victim was a nine-year-old girl.

MP Golriz Ghahraman

Not a Muslim? Then don't make assumptions about Islamic culture

The Iranian regime is disrespectful of women - but refusing to shake Jo Luxton's hand was not, writes Golriz Ghahraman.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East.

Israel threatens to cut Iran's 'noose of terror'

"We will act if necessary."

The incident occurred in Syria's northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes.

Syrian rebels release footage of shooting down Russian warplane

The incident occurred in Syria's northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes.

A portion of the map from Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

US soldiers using Strava accidentally map sensitive military sites

The satellite data details the location and movements of Strava users stationed in warzones.

At least five people died in an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel.

Kabul hotel siege ends after 12 hours, five dead

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan security force keep watch near the site of the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

Several killed, hostages taken in Kabul hotel attack

The attackers allegedly had a large supply of hand grenades.

Riot police clash with protesters during demonstrations against rising prices and tax increases, in Tunis, Tunisia.

Tunisia cracks down on protests

Tunisia had been the only democratic success story among 'Arab Spring' nations.

New Zealand was one of 128 countries to condemn the US.

Israel Institute condemns New Zealand's vote in UN

We were one of 128 countries to officially condemn the US.

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Syria begins to rebuild after six years of war

Mike McRoberts reports from a Syrian village freed from rebel control.

Kabul city in twilight.

Afghan TV station attacked by armed gunmen

One attacker was killed, while the other fought off security with hand grenades.

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Women march for Israeli-Palestinian peace

About 5000 women participated.

Drivers licences will be issued to women who want them.

Saudi Arabia to let women drive

Drivers licences will be issued to women who want them.

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Palestine's Hamas group agrees to talks with rival Fatah, to hold elections

The two groups fought a war in 2007 which led to Hamas taking over Gaza.

Pilgrims at Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims return to Mecca as hajj winds down

More than 2.3 million people visited Saudi Arabia for the five-day ritual.

Iran's education department has sparked outrage after banning 'ugly' teachers.

Iran bans 'ugly' teachers

The ban includes those with acne, fewer than 20 teeth, and women with facial hair.

30 people were killed in an air strike that hit a hotel in Yemen.

30 dead as air strike hits hotel in Yemen

The attack was a part of the country's on going civil war.

Pauline Hanson donning a burqa in Parliament.

Pauline Hanson's burqa stunt 'could help IS' - Iraq ambassador

The controversial Australian Senator donned a burqa to protest against the Islamic garment.

A wounded child waits for treatment after an air strike on a de-conflict zone.

Fatal air strikes on civilians threaten peace truce

Russia claims reports of air strikes and civilian deaths are "an absolute lie"

An Iraqi solider kisses a woman as victory is celebrated in Mosul, Iraq.

Victory declared over Islamic State in Mosul

The Iraqi Prime Minister has visited the city to congratulate troops.