How tea, dates and watering cans smoothed Afghans’ path through quarantine

Victoria’s hotel quarantine program had just days to prepare for the arrival of six rescue flights carrying 761 Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan’s chaotic, turbulent capital.

‘World is changing’: Biden defends Afghanistan pullout as US refocuses on China, Russia

In his first comments since the withdrawal of the last US troops, President Joe Biden called the evacuation from Afghanistan an extraordinary success, ending a 20-year war.

Australia news LIVE: NSW, Victoria and ACT COVID-19 cases continue to grow; more Pfizer jabs on the way

Victoria plans a modest easing of coronavirus restrictions, the Prime Minister says he’s secured another 500,000 Pfizer vaccines and US President Joe Biden labels the Afghanistan evacuation a success.

‘Very few understand why we were there’: Veteran MP wants review of Afghanistan

Liberal MP and war veteran Phil Thompson says Australia’s leaders need to understand why troops were sent to Afghanistan and learn lessons from the longest war.

Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID-19 cases continue to soar as infections grow across the nation

Nurses at a major Sydney hospital say there’s a “strong sense of hopelessness” as cases continue to rise, Victorian authorities are deciding whether some restrictions can safely ease and the […]

Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID cases continue to climb as Victoria braces for lockdown extension

Sydney races to stop the expansion of COVID hotspots, Victoria considers easing some restrictions amid its prolonged lockdown and the situation around Afghanistan’s Kabul airport remains extremely dangerous.

The Queensland uni student who became an FBI agent and took on the Taliban

He’s worked for the FBI and been fired upon daily in Afghanistan, but there’s one memory that’s seared into Fred Bradford’s mind – the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.

Kabul attack updates: Dozens dead in suicide bombings outside Afghanistan international airport; Joe Biden vows revenge

The attack has sparked global outrage and a promise of retribution from the US

‘Credible threat’ of airport attack shuts escape route for Afghans with Australian visas

Australia, Britain and the US all updated their travel advice on Thursday, warning people not to attempt the dangerous journey to the airport in Afghanistan’s capital.

Risk and instability: Afghanistan seen as weak link for China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The US departure from Afghanistan reduces Washington’s influence in a region near China. However, it’s not clear how much Beijing will benefit.

‘Separated from their children for life’: Sydney lawyer warns of chaos for people fleeing Kabul

A western Sydney-based lawyer with 200 clients trying to leave Afghanistan for Australia to join their relatives is warning many are being turned away at the airport in Kabul or […]