Australia has told 13 special forces soldiers they face dismissal in relation to a report on alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan, the head of the country's army said on Friday. An independent report published last week in redacted form said there was evidence that 39 unarmed Afghan prisoners and civilians were killed by 19 Australian soldiers. Under mounting pressure, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, the head of the Australian army, said 13 current soldiers have been issued with notices that could eventually lead to their termination.
The tier system for England takes most of the headlines on Friday.
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South Korea reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day on Friday, a level not seen in nearly nine months, as a third wave of infections spreads nationwide and authorities scrambled to provide more hospital beds. The daily tally of 569 came a day after the numbers hit the highest level since March 6, when South Korea was reeling from the first major COVID-19 epidemic outside China. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun warned that daily infections could swell to 1,000 and bring a greater crisis including hospital bed shortages if social distancing measures and other restrictions failed to stop the contagion.
Companies from Alibaba to Huawei are striving to become relevant in the trillion-dollar auto industry, which itself is seeking an electric transition and intelligent upgrade as 5G comes of age. State-owned automaker SAIC Motor, a major player in China, unveiled this week a new electric vehicle arm called Zhiji, in which Alibaba and a Shanghai government-backed entity are minority shareholders. Alibaba's ties with SAIC can be traced back to 2015 when they jointly announced a $160 million investment in internet-connected cars.
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A Malaysia family opened a pizzeria in their backyard to combat their economic woes during the pandemic
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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei called on employees of its departing Honor subbrand to strive to surpass its parent in a farewell speech as the tech giant sells the budget brand to keep its sanction-hobbled supply chains alive. Huawei Technologies said earlier this month it would sell Honor to a new entity called Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology, formed of its agents and dealers, so it could resume sourcing components currently restricted by U.S. sanctions. The U.S. government says Huawei is a national security threat, a claim the company denies.
Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney retreated while Shanghai gained. Investors have been encouraged by reports of progress toward a possible vaccine.
Chinese fans mourn late football legend Diego Maradona at the Argentina embassy in Beijing. Flower bouquets with hand written letters and photos were set on a table with a FIFA World Cup Trophy replica.
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Australians stranded in San Francisco to come home, as Labor accuses government of failing returnees. The 35 Australians left in limbo after a mechanical failure on their United Airlines flight will be allowed home immediately
The Duchess of Cambridge will warn of the crucial role early years play in raising the next generation of adults and shaping society, as her landmark research on the issue is published. Kate has been the driving force behind the study, which is the largest of its kind in the UK on perceptions of early childhood. While 98 per cent believe that nurture is essential to lifelong outcomes, some 24 per cent think pregnancy to age five is the most pivotal period for health and happiness in adulthood.
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