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The bomber on Saturday targeted a gathering of Taliban fighters who were celebrating a three-day truce coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Second attack during Afghan truce kills 14

Another 45 people were wounded in the attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The Islamic State flag.

IS' chilling new mission revealed

The terrorist group's leader is plotting how to influence the next generation.

The AM Show live-streamed President Trump's announcement on Wednesday morning (NZ time).

Israel launches retaliatory strike against Iranian targets

The Middle East is spiralling into a cycle of violence after another attack.

The AM Show live-streamed President Trump's announcement on Wednesday morning (NZ time).

Iran's Golan Heights attack a 'very serious' escalation - expert

"The Middle East is already a tinder-box. This will make it much worse."

The explosion occurred at a mosque also being used as a voter centre in the eastern Afghan province of Khost.

Dozens of casualties in Afghan mosque blast

People were gathered after afternoon prayers when the explosion occurred.

A suicide bomber has struck at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital, killing at least 48 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

48 dead, 112 injured in Kabul blast

A suicide bomber struck a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

A man stands on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Syria on March 30, 2018.

Dozens killed in Syria chemical attack

A rebel group says government forces dropped a barrel bomb containing the chemicals.

Middle East

Black Panther to end Saudi Arabia's movie ban

The Marvel blockbuster continues to break records and now it's making history.

Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Iran, dozens hurt

Dozens hurt in Iran quake

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has hit western Iran.

Israeli troops shot and wounded about 70 Palestinians.

Israeli military wound 70 Palestinians on Gaza border

This comes after Israeli state forces killed 15 Palestinians during protests on Friday.

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.

Middle East

Syria begins to rebuild after six years of war

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