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Taliban blamed as two female judges shot dead in Afghanistan

Taliban blamed as two female judges shot dead in Afghanistan

The spate of almost daily unclaimed killings is thought to be largely the work of the Taliban, in what is feared to be in part a chilling new campaign to silence liberal voices.

  • by Ben Farmer and Sami Yusafzai

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Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?
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Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?

It was once a stop on the hippie trail and inspiration for the Lonely Planet guidebooks. So how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war and terrorism?

  • by Maher Mughrabi
Goodbye Afghanistan: Trump's troop withdrawal ignores Congress ban

Goodbye Afghanistan: Trump's troop withdrawal ignores Congress ban

Despite warnings that a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would be like the fall of Saigon, Trump's administration is pushing ahead.

  • by Jonathan Landay and Idrees Ali
Experiencing the poetry that forms part of daily life in Afghanistan

Experiencing the poetry that forms part of daily life in Afghanistan

Few rituals bring Mahdi Mohammadi as much comfort as a poem exchanged between friends.

  • by Neha Kale
Afghan assassinations on the rise but nobody claims responsibility

Afghan assassinations on the rise but nobody claims responsibility

A military prosecutor, a doctor, a journalist and a human rights activist: all murdered within weeks by unknown attackers as peace talks resume.

  • by Fahim Abed and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
The obstacles that have made the Afghan peace talks so deadly

The obstacles that have made the Afghan peace talks so deadly

Peace talks between the Taliban and the government resume on January 5, but the two sides remain stuck on the meaning of terms such as "ceasefire" and "Islamic".

  • by David Zucchino and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
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Republican senators vote to override Trump veto for the first time

Republican senators vote to override Trump veto for the first time

The Republican-controlled Senate ignored Donald Trump's protestations and backed a $961 billion defence bill, despite the President wanting the money to go towards his border wall with Mexico.

  • by Karoun Demirjian and Mike DeBonis
Truth a casualty in deadliest year for Afghanistan's journalists

Truth a casualty in deadliest year for Afghanistan's journalists

Since January, 11 Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed. Television reporter Malala Maiwand was one of five killed in the past two months.

  • by Sharif Hassan
Findings of Brereton's SAS inquiry should be tested in court

Findings of Brereton's SAS inquiry should be tested in court

The questions of responsibility and criminal conduct raised in the Brereton report into Australian special forces in Afghanistan must be tested in a court of law.

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The cost of courage: Australia must do more to protect whistleblowers

The cost of courage: Australia must do more to protect whistleblowers

What wrongdoing might be occurring right now that Australians will never know about, because those who witnessed it remain mute?

  • by Kieran Pender
Nuanced approach shows up diplomatic deficiencies
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Nuanced approach shows up diplomatic deficiencies

The enmity between Australia and China must end. The question is, has the current Australian government the smarts to reach detente?