Prime Minister John Key has told parliament New Zealand has to play its part in the fight against Islamic State extremists in the Middle East.
A poll finds that people in the Middle East see religious and ethnic hatred as their biggest threat; Europeans and Americans are more concerned about inequality.
Kurdish fighters have weathered an assault by Islamic State fighters as the US dropped weapons to them and they waited for Iraqi help to arrive.
Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to Kobane to fight Islamic State militants, the foreign minister says.
A suicide bomber has targeted a Shi'ite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers.
American-led air strikes near Kobane have been helping Kurdish fighters repulse a new IS attempt to cut their supply lines from Turkey.
Australia has finalised a deal with Baghdad to deploy troops to assist Iraqi troops in their fight against Islamic State jihadists.
Kurdish forces fought back in the battle for the border town, while Iraqi forces struggled to hold ground despite coalition strikes on IS positions.

Baghdad car bombs kill 18

Car bombs have killed at least 18 people and injured more than 40 others in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
The US military says that while it saw some "encouraging" signs, its air strikes might not prevent Kobane's fall to jihadists.
US Secretary of State John Kerry's linking of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the growth of Islamic extremism has been rejected by Israeli ministers.
A monitoring group says IS jihadists are being trained by former Iraqi pilots to fly three fighter planes, which are believed to be MiG-21 and MiG-23 jets.

Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobane

Kurdish fighters say they have beaten back Islamic State fighters in parts of Kobane as air strikes continue to batter the jihadists.

Iraq bombings kill at least 26

At least 26 people have been killed in a string of Iraq car bombs, including an attack by Islamic State on Shiite volunteer fighters.

Palestinians to submit UN resolution

Palestinians are pushing ahead with a draft resolution to stop Israeli occupation, with plans to submit it to the UN by the end of the month.

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