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By Mark Saunokonoko 21:13 Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there must be a “presumption of innocence” for soldiers, amid reports the Brereton Report should be included in the Australian War Memorial. Memorial director Matt Anderson has been reported in The Age saying the Brereton Report could be curated into museum exhibits. The Brereton Report alleged …

ExploreIS attack hits Afghan capital as Pompeo joins peace talks Violence and chaos have increased in Afghanistan in recent months even as government negotiators and the Taliban are meeting in Qatar to find an end to decades of relentless war. The two sides have made little progress. The IS affiliate has claimed responsibility for recent …

Acting US Defence Secretary Christopher Miller has announced plans to reduce US troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home even as Republicans and US allies warn against a rash withdrawal. The new plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump’s final …

Mr Morrison has named the following individuals to lead the Office of the Special Investigator. Former Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Dr Vivienne Thom, Former Attorney-General’s Department secretary Robert Cornall; University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor and ethicist Rufus Black. The Prime Minister said the appointment of the special investigator to examine claims of war crimes …

Tashkent, Uzbekistan News Number: G/45/2020 As countries grapple with the serious impacts to public health systems and socio-economic development caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, innovation and emerging technologies have come to the rescue on both fronts – providing solutions to health challenges as well as enabling people to adapt during lockdowns and activity …

“But I am realistic — I have dealt with the various sides,” Mr. Khalilzad said. “I think that a comprehensive, permanent cease-fire is likely to require a package. But why not have a significant reduction of violence, a cease-fire that is not permanent? “Of course, we would be very happy if there is immediate permanent …

Officials in in the disaster management ministry said that torrential rain earlier this week triggered flash flooding in the country’s Parwan province — which borders Kabul — Reuters news agency reported. Dozens of houses and vehicles have been destroyed and the number of casualties could be much higher, Parwan provincial spokeswoman Waheeda Shakar said Wednesday. …

Gunmen have attacked a prison compound in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and a battle with security forces is under way, according to officials, with reports of several casualties.  Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in Jalalabad, said the attackers detonated a car laden with explosives outside the government-run facility, with two smaller blasts following …

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers trained in Afghanistan in 2009. Members of Congress want answers about reported Russian bounties paid to target American troops. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption toggle caption Maya Alleruzzo/AP U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers trained in Afghanistan in 2009. Members of Congress want answers about reported Russian bounties paid to target American …

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal, signalling the end of a months-long stalemate that plunged the country into a political crisis. Ghani’s spokesman said on Twitter on Sunday that Abdullah would lead the council for peace talks and members of his team would be included in the cabinet. No …