Middle East

Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East.


Azerbaijani president appoints wife as vice president

Move follows constitutional changes made after a tightly-managed referendum last year that introduced vice presidency.

Middle East

Israel soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Elor Azaria shot and killed Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay on the ground incapacitated after being gunned down.


UN: Famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen

Call for action comes day after aid agency and government officials declared famine in parts of South Sudan.

Middle East

Explosions hit district courts in northwest Pakistan

At least six killed in blasts in town of Charsadda as suicide bombers attempt to enter court premises.


Plane carrying five hits Melbourne shopping mall

Australian pilot and four Americans killed as engine of light plane 'fails' after takeoff from Essendon airport.


Indonesia: Widespread flooding hits Jakarta

Many days of torrential rain have brought floods to Indonesia's capital, closing schools and causing travel disruption.


Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64

Russia's ambassador to the UN, a veteran diplomat, dies suddenly after falling ill in his office at Russia's UN mission.

Middle East

Turkish Kurds appeal to EU court over leaders' arrest

Pro-Kurdish HDP files application at European Court of Human Rights over arrest of its leaders, Demirtas and Yuksekdag.


Mugabe turns 93, vows to rule on despite health fears

Zimbabwe spends $2.5m on birthday party for world's oldest leader, while opposition slams events as waste of money.


UK publisher cancels far-right commentator's book

Publisher Simon & Schuster had defended Milo Yiannopoulos but steps back after comments about sexual consent.

Asia Pacific

Kim Jong-nam's killing one week on: What we know

Rumours still abound about bizarre attack on North Korean leader's half brother at Malaysia airport.