Prime minister Kevin Rudd, campaigning for elections on September 7th, said he would allow the investigation to run its course and that he had full confidence in the military. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australia’s military is investigating a unit of special forces soldiers accused of cutting the hands from corpses of one or more insurgents killed dur(...)

An Afghan woman wearing a burqa carries a child  along a street on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghanistan’s parliament failed to pass a law today banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women’s rights in the co(...)