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Australia wins the spy war with Indonesia

Julie Bishop

Michael Bachelard To the extent that anyone “wins” from a heated, emotional argument between two nations and neighbours, Australia has won the spying row.

Syrian planes bomb Golan Heights border post captured by rebels

Smoke rise from the Syrian village of Quneitra.

Suleiman Al-Khalidi Syrian jets have shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year,...

Presidential candidate Abdullah rejects Afghanistan election audit amid fraud claims

Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (left) and Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman says, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the...

Israeli PM faces revolt over truce with Hamas

Robert Tait Benjamin Netanyahu was facing a cabinet revolt on Wednesday over his decision to agree a ceasefire with Hamas.

Egyptian military raids human rights organisations

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Mohannad Sabry, Jonathan Landay CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have raided the offices of 17 domestic and international human rights and democracy organisations, in a sharp intensification of the military's crackdown that recalled the...

Hitting terrorist organisations in the wallet

Louise Hall NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER has dedicated her life to fighting terrorism her way: using courts around the world to bankrupt terrorist organisations and disrupt the flow of funds from rogue states.

Syria used chlorine gas and Islamic State committed war crimes, UN says

Boys ride a bicycle past other civilians near damaged buildings in Damascus.

Stephanie Nebehay UN accuses Islamic State of beheading in the presence of children, as Syrian conflict devolves further into chaos.

US to track Islamic State in Syria with planes

The unmanned Global Hawk drone can stay airborne for 30 hours.

The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq.

British Ebola sufferer gets new drug

Michael Jacobs, a specialist in infectious diseases at the Royal Free Hospital, gives a press conference on Mr Pooley's condition.

A British nurse infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being given the same experimental drug used on two US missionaries who have recovered from the disease.

US campaigns to enlist Australia and other allies to attack Islamic State in Syria

Barack Obama

WASHINGTON: The United States has begun to mobilise a broad coalition of allies, including Australia, behind potential US military action in Syria and is moving towards expanded air strikes in...

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

US woman held hostage in Syria, US citizen killed

An image from a propaganda video released earlier this year by Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL.

The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said on Tuesday.

IMF boss Christine Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French...

Egypt, UAE carried out Tripoli air strikes: US officials

An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya coalition flashes the V sign for victory at the entrance of Tripoli international airport after capturing it from the Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar, following days of clashes.

Peter Cooney Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya, US officials said on Monday.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko calls snap election on eve of summit with Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called a snap election.

Richard Balmforth President Petro Poroshenko has dissolved Ukraine's parliament on the eve of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Peter Theo Curtis rescue - how Qatar played now-familiar role in securing US hostage's release

Peter Theo Curtis during his captivity.

Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung Last month, an American media executive arrived in Doha with a retired FBI agent known for his extensive contacts within the government of Qatar.

Gaza ceasefire holding: crowds celebrate

Palestinians flash the sign of victory.

Ceasefire between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza appears to be holding as the focus shifts to securing an arrangement for the long term.

Russia vows to send another aid convoy as Ukraine claims tanks crossed border

Armed pro-Russian separatists (right) escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war across central Donetsk.

Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian Kiev charges that Russian tanks crossed the border aiming to open a new front in the war, while Moscow announces it will send a second aid convoy into the east.

Claim James Foley was killed last year rejected by family

American journalist James Foley in Boston in 2011.

Nick Miller The family and the employer of murdered journalist James Foley have rejected a claim that he was actually killed a year ago.

Islamic State? No, call it QSIS, says top Islamic authority in Egypt

Call it Qa'eda Separatists not Islamic State - the logo of the online movement to rename Islamic State.

Sarah El Deeb The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign on Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called...