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Aug 30, 2013

Australia investigates elite troops over Taliban corpse mutilation

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s military is investigating a unit of special forces soldiers accused of mutilating the corpses of one or more insurgents killed during operations in Afghanistan, Australian state television reported on Friday.

The incident, in which the hands were allegedly cut from the body of at least one of four militants killed, took place during an operation involving Afghan forces and elite Australian soldiers in the southeastern province of Zabul on April 28.

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Asylum seekers threaten to sink Australian government in election

BLACKTOWN, Australia (Reuters) – Australian Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare crouches uncomfortably in a suit on the canvas of a youth boxing ring in Sydney’s hardscrabble Western Suburbs, shaping up for the election fight of his life.

Clare, in charge of a border circling 12 million square kilometers of ocean, has the unenviable job of stopping thousands of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia, an issue threatening to bring down Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Labor government at elections just two weeks away.

Aug 28, 2013

Asylum seekers threaten to sink Australian govt in election

BLACKTOWN, Australia, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Australian Home
Affairs Minister Jason Clare crouches uncomfortably in a suit on
the canvas of a youth boxing ring in Sydney’s hardscrabble
Western Suburbs, shaping up for the election fight of his life.

Clare, in charge of a border circling 12 million square
kilometres of ocean, has the unenviable job of stopping
thousands of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia, an
issue threatening to bring down Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s
Labor government at elections just two weeks away.

Aug 28, 2013
Aug 28, 2013

Australian opposition outlines budget savings; PM predicts comeback

CANBERRA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s conservative
opposition, heavily favoured in next month’s election, outlined
A$31 billion ($27.8 billion) in savings on Wednesday and
promised to breathe new life into the economy by abolishing
environment taxes polarising voters.

But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the opposition planned
big cuts to key services and predicted voters would return to
his Labor Party in the final week of campaigning. Most polls
give the opposition under Tony Abbott a 53 to 47 percent lead,
enough to give them a sizeable majority in parliament.

    • About Rob

      "Rob Taylor is Chief Correspondent, Afghanistan, based in Kabul. Rob joined Reuters in 2006, covering political and general news, as well as economics, in Australia and the Pacific. He has also worked in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Prior to Reuters, he was Asia correspondent for Australia's local agency AAP, based in Jakarta. Rob has covered conflict, elections, earthquakes and tsunamis on three continents. He began his career in Africa as a news photographer."
      Joined Reuters:
      2006
      Languages:
      English, Indonesian, Malay, French
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