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New Zealand troops will not leave Iraq, despite the advance of Islamic State (IS) militants to within an hour's drive of where our soldiers are stationed.
John Key says New Zealand "reserves the right" to pull Kiwi troops out of Iraq if the situation is deemed too risky, but there is no indication that is the case.
A Sydney mother has reportedly left her two young children behind to join Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East.
New Zealand is unlikely to follow Australia's lead and strip passports from people who've become foreign fighters.
Iraq has rejected accusations by the US that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State.
Syrian government aircraft have launched at least 15 strikes in and around the ancient city of Palmyra following its fall to the Islamic State.
Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption, the latest legal blow in his spectacular fall from grace.
Washington has accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi.
The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including children and their parents, in and around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has accused Iraqi forces of having "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to IS militants.
Iraqi forces have made a counterattack against Islamic State jihadists in a region near Ramadi.
Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels.
United Nations officials say they have taken charge of the aid cargo carried by an Iranian boat headed for Yemen.
Saudi Arabia identified the suicide bomber who killed 21 worshippers at a mosque and confirmed his link to IS.
Islamic State has bombed a mosque in Saudi Arabia and vowed "dark days ahead" for Shi'ites until militants "chase them from the Arabian Peninsula".
NZ troops have now established themselves in the Iraqi city of Taji as part of a combined force with Australia.
The Islamic State group has seized Syria's Palmyra, with UNESCO warning that the destruction of the ancient city would be "an enormous loss to humanity".
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