His father's son

With America seemingly on the brink of a deal with the Taliban that would see the Pentagon slash its troop presence in Afghanistan, 30-year-old Ahmad Massoud wants to galvanize anti-Taliban groups and stop the emboldened fighters from ushering in a new wave of hardline Islam.

Facebook news team

The California-based company has consistently said it does not want to be considered a media organization that makes major editorial decisions, and this announcement does little to change that, experts add.

Cardinal Pell: Disgraced but still defiant

Pell remained defiant after his appeal against that conviction was rejected Wednesday, issuing a statement via a spokeswoman saying he was “obviously disappointed” with the ruling and insisting he “maintains his innocence”, while leaving open the option of seeking a new appeal to Australia’s highest court.

Warning power

August 19, 2019
SYDNEY — The United States no longer has military primacy in the Pacific and could struggle to defend allies against China, a top Australian think tank has warned.

End of love affair?

WASHINGTON — Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called “softball questions” at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: “Fox sure ain’t what it used to be.”

Bloody Afghan wedding

KABUL — A suicide bomber killed more than 60 people and wounded scores, including women and children, as they celebrated a wedding in the Afghan capital, authorities said Sunday, the deadliest attack in Kabul in recent months.

Killer plastic

The discovery soon after of another orphaned dugong brought the sea cows celebrity status, the attention of a Thai princess -- who named the second one “Jamil” -- and round-the-clock webcasts giving viewers a front-row seat to feedings and treatment.

Major test

Chinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armored personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China.