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Tonight, Australian Special Forces under investigation over Afghan mutilation claims.

The row over the Coalition's policy costings come natures the campaign. He's made a mistake, he's told a lie and he should apologise. It's not the Coalition calling him out, it's his own public servants. Our position does not change one jot from what we put yesterday.Thousands flee Syria as the US considers missile strikes.And a change of heart adds peacekeepers to the War Memorial's Roll of Honour. It gives him the honour that I've known he always deserved and to me and my family, this means the world. Good evening, and welcome to ABC News, I'm Virginia Haussegger. A unit of elite Australian Special Forces troops is under investigation for mutilating the body of at least one Afghan insurgent. The ABC understands the investigation involves the removal of hands from a corpse. National security correspondent Michael Brissenden reports. In May this year, the Defence department issued a press release to announce an investigation into potential misconduct involving Australian troops. Obviously a charge too serious not to acknowledge, but also too sensitive to release any real detail. Back then the CDF, David Hurley, said an incident of potential misconduct during the operation had been raised through the internal national command chain. The ABC unders the detail of the misconduct he alluded to involves the removal of hands from the corpse of at least one insurgent. The occurred during a combined
operation between Afghan National Security forces and Australia's special operations 28
task group in Zabul province on 28 April that resulted in the killing of four insurgents. Australian troops are required to collect finger prints and eye scans of every insurgent they kill if possible. The ABC learnt during a briefing at the Australian base in southern Afghanistan, an investigator Force Investigative
from the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service told the troops that it didn't matter how the finger prints were taken, and that chopping off the hands of dead and bringing them back to the base for finger printing would be acceptable. We understand at least one pair of hands was presented back at the Australian base in Tarin Kowt. The mutilation or mistreatment of the bodies of the dead is a violation of the laws of war, under the ICC statute and Federal Australian war offences. No matter how badly the enemy behaves, you are conduct of warfare.Today the ADF issued a statement saying members of the ADF operated...

And if any matters have arisen concerning their conduct, then I have full confidence in the chief of detense force's capacity to investigate such matters.No time line has been set for the completion of the investigation.

Tempers are fraying in the Federal election campaign. Accusations of fraud and lying are being hurled between Kevin Rudd and the Opposition. It's part of the fallout from an extraordinary intervention in the campaign costings debate by three of the nation's leading economic agencies. Chief political correspondent Mark Simpkin reports. Oh, for the good old days.I hope you washed it.Kevin September 7's following a very different script. This time, he's the PM under pressure, and feeling the heat. When will you release these costings in full, will you give me a straight answer to that.And it's not just the polls that are against him. Kevin Rudd reckons the meetdia - media is too. The reason we are in this debate at all, at all, notwithstanding the headline in your paper today, is because Mr Abbott as of today has not faced one element of scrutiny by a range of newspaper outlets on when he will deliver his full costings.Labor tried to flush them out by asking the Treasury and Finance Departments to run their rules over likely Coalition policies. The Government then released their findings and its conclusion. It is quite clear that there is now a massive $10 billion hole.Not so fast - last night, two top bureaucrats made it clear the departments didn't cost actual Coalition policies, just Labor's version s of them. The parliamentary budget office then went public too. It was a slap in the face for the Government. It's not the Coalition calling him out, it's his own public servants. It is unprecedented.The PM's defiant. Our position does not change one jots. As for statements by bureaucrats these things from time to time are made. If you return to power, are those two men's' jobs secure?Come on.So it's God to this - Kevin Rudd is accusing Tony Abbott of fraud, the Coalition's calling Kevin Rudd a liar, the PM officially launches his campaign on Sunday and you can expect to hear a lot more about costings, even if some in the Government are saying enough already. A lot of people are tired about it. I'd quite like to talk about something else.No chance. Public service job cuts and Canberra bashing topped the agenda in a debate between two ACT Senate candidates today. It was a fiery affair, but they did agree on one thing - that Government agencies shouldn't be moved out of the capital. Gordon Taylor reports.Labor Senator Kate Lundy took on Liberal candidate Zed Seselja. By the standard of recent pre-election debate, this one was passionate. The idea that the Labor Party somehow has any credibility on costings I think is absurd. Until you release your costings we just don't know.With both sides cutting public servants, job losses and economy
their effect on the Canberra economy were foremost in the debate. Kate Lundy argued that the voters should remember the early days of the Howard Government, when tens of thousands of jobs were cut, and Canberra went into recession. We can to and fro on this all you like, but ultimately, we have a lived experience under the Liberals. The lived experience, of course, goes a little bit further than that, go back just a year or two before that when the Keating Government was in. They were slashing jobs in Canberra. 20,000 jobs in that last term.But there was some grudging unanimity - Zed Seselja says he's opposed to his leader Tony Abbott's plan to move a Government agency of 300 staff away from Canberra. I would prefer not to see that happen, and I would argue against it. Moving agencies out of departments, underpins their attitude to Canberra. It is about having a crack at Canberra.Both candidates say they are opposed to the mooted move of thousands of public servants from their current offices in tug tug.

Another month, another corruption finding in NSW, former Labor Minister Ian Mcdopbl has been found to have acted corruptly, relating to a coal exploration licence at Doyles Creek. He gifted it to John Maitland in 2008, without a competitive tender - the friends and two other businessmen have been referred to public prosecutors and could face criminal charges. Locals are pushing for the project to be shut down but the Premier want more information. As soon as we receive the report after this one from the Independent we
Commission Against Corruption, we will then as a Government consider the public interest around the future of these leases.New coal, the company that now obs the site, has been granted a trading halt while it considers the corruption findings.

The Barton Highway has claimed yet another life. A woman in her 60s died when a car and truck collided just over the NSW border. The truck driver had to be cut from the wreckage and was taken to the Canberra Hospital. The crash caused long traffic delays and the highway is expected to remain closed for several hours. It's the third fatal accident on the Barton Highway this year.

The bomb squad has responded after a suspected pipe bomb exploded near two south Canberra schools. The device detonated in grass land between Lanyon High and St Clare of Assisi Primary at Conder. Police were called at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Students were in class at the time and no-one was hurt. It could have been worse in that if it was when students were coming out of class and if they were going across that paddock area, then it posed a significant risk to those students.Police have combed the area for shrapnel and yet to work out how the device was made or who was responsible. The chances of an imminent strike on Syria appear to be receding after the British Parliament unexpectedly voted against military action. It's thwarted US evidence to secure a broad international Coalition to intervene in the country's bloody civil war. North America correspondent Jane Cowan reports. As the initial shock of the images settles in, enthusiasm for a swift punitive strike seemed to suddenly evaporate. In a dramatic development, the British PM, David Cameron, failed to win parliamentary support for military action in Syria. It is clear to me that the British Parliament reflecting the views of the British people does not want to see British military action. I get that, and the Government will act accordingly.The decision was close, but it's a stunning defeat for a Government that had seemed on the brink of joining the US and France in a cruise missile attack on the Assad regime. PM, have you misjudged the public over Syria? This is a time for cool heads. Not a time for intemperature rant action.The focus lies on the most appropriate form of international response.The apparent crumbling of support from America's closest ally raises the prospect that a US President at pains to build an international Coalition could be forced to go it listen with even some kind of unilateral strike. When the President reaches a determination about the appropriate response in this circumstance, and a legal justification is required to substantiate or to back up that decision, we will produce one on our own, we are not going to rely on somebody else's.The timing soon gets difficult for Barrack Obama. . He doesn't want to launch any military action once he's out of the country next week at the G20 in Russia.

From across the border, from Syria, in neighbouring Lebanon, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are watching developments nervously. The ABC's Matt Brown is in Beirut and sent this report.

On the border between Syria and Lebanon, Syrian refugees flee a lethal civil war and now the prospect of a western strike. Many still fear speaking out against their President, Bashir al-Assad, despite hopes he'd be brought down long ago. We hope soon there will be - kill this President Bashir al-Assad. That's our wish, and our hope. more than 700,000 Syrian refugees are crowded into Lebanon, but some of their countrymen are headed home to defy the threat of a western attack. TRANSLATION: I'll serve in any way I can. If I need to be a soldier or just use my words, I want to sever my country - serve my country.According to Syrian state TV Bashir al-Assad struck a similarly defiant tone telling a visiting foreign delegation Syria will defend itself in the face of any aggression.On the ground in the east of Damascus the UN's inspectors continued their mission. Shot at on their first day out, this time they were worried about a more insidious threat - residue from the lethal attack they are investigating. Their job is not complete, but the region is already balanced on a knife edge.Russia has announced it is sending a warship carrying guided missiles and anti-submarine ship to the eastern Mediterranean. It says they are part of a long planned rotation, but could also boost any advance warning of an incoming attack on their Syrian allies. A group of protestors gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in Canberra to decry violence against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. They called for the reinstatement of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and denounced his over throw by the military. Down, down military coup!The protestors delivered a letter to embassy staff outlining their concerns. They say they also want the Australian Government to strongly voice its Opposition to any violence. A former Olympic boxer found guilty of a road rage incident in Canberra has failed to turn up for the judgment in his case. 32-year-old Tony Adam Forsyth has been convicted for the 2007 attack which left the victim with broken teeth and nose. Ment in his 2012 trial, Tony Adam Forsyth said he acted in self-Defence during the dispute with a truck driver. Court Justice Hilary
But ACT Supreme Court Supreme Court Justice Hilary Penfold found he reacted to Chris simple of his driving - criticism of his driving and used boxing skills to punish the victim. He was not in court for the verdict and his lawyers said they couldn't find them. They have been given two weeks to reach him. Rolf Harris has been charged with 13 child sex offences. The entertainer faces 9 counts of indecent assault against teenage girls in the 198s 0. Four of the charges relate to making indecent images of a child last year. Europe correspondent Mary Gearin reports from London. The Monday who has been so prominent for so long on the public stage has been seen only rarely over the past few months, since his name was linked to police investigations. Now, nine months after he was first interviewed, police have charged Rolf Harris with 13 offences. He faces six counts of indecent assault between 1980 and 81, relating to a girl age the between 15 and 16, and three counts involving a 14-year-old girl in 1986. Harris also faces four charges of making indecent images of a child between March and July last year. Some of the offences carry maximum penalties of five years gaol, some ten. He's been charged under Operation Yewtree, set up in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal involving the late English entertainer Jimmy Savile.Harris is the highest profile celebrity to face charges resulting from the investigations. 14 people have been arrested, Mr Harris is the fourth to be charged.Following news of the charges, there was no sign of the 83-year-old at his house in Berkshire outside London. Some neighbours said they hadn't seen him for days. It's big news in a country that's honoured Rolf Harris with an MBE and OBE, where The Queen commissioned him to paint her portrait. He'll face court in late September when police say a trial date could be set. The names of Australian piece keepers killed on - peacekeepers kiltd on duty have been added to the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial, signalling a brag with tradition. Previously only the names of service men and women killed at war were added to the roll. One is the daughter of a peacekeeper killed in Lebanon in 1988. The other lost her young son in Solomon islands. Both can finally pay tribute to their loved ones at the War Memorial's Roll of Honour. It gives him the honour that I've known he always deserved and to me, and my family, this means the world.48 Australians have been killed on peacekeeping or humanitarian missions since 1947. Until today, fallen peacekeepers were never accorded the same honour as diggers killed in war, even though they wore the Australian uniform and were sent into harm's way at the Government's behest. For Jamie who lost his life at 21 in the Solomon islands, I assumed his name would be here and found out it wasn't.That brought these two women together to change the system. The memorial's director supported their bid. It is a day of immense importance for the families of these 48 men and women who have given their lives for our nation.But the old guard at the memorial took some persuading and it was a national petition with 40,000 signatures that finally turned the tide. It really did show that the Australian public supported this. They support not only our soldiers who go off and fight in conflicts but support our soldiers who go off and fight to keep peace in the names
world.In these close teres the names of the fallen have always been listed by surname with no mention of rank at all. Reflecting a belief that in death, all men are equal. Now the families of peacekeepers know their fallen are also regarded equally in this sacred space of remembrance.

ACT residents will soon notice a sudden drop in the to have
amount of water the ACT appears to have in storage, but there is no cause for alarm. Actew has tweaked its data to include the enlarged Cotter Dam. It's boosted capacity by a third and caused percentage figure for water stored to plungeThat doesn't mean we have lost any water, just that the calculations are now based on a much larger bucket of water. Effectively people will see approximately an 87% storage level drop down to about 67%.Actew's updating the figures now because it's finished final checks on the dam and it's officially in service. To finance now, local share prices rose today after a big upward revision of American GDP set global marketing on a positive course.They have a strange habit in the US of rushing out a guess of GDP growth and then revising it when they work out what it really was. Usually they are not that far apart. For the June quarter, the difference between first and second stab is 50% - 1.7 and then 2.5% last night. The markets went, oh, what a nice surprise and stocks rose, although not too much because every silver lining has a cloud. It might mean an early finish to monetary stimulus.

Virgin reported a $98 million loss today and Qantas lost some of yesterday's huge gain. I said last night that Qantas had a profit of $250 million, but it was a turned around of that much to a profit of $5 million. The Australian Dollar fell slightly against the US dollar, but it was broadly steady against everything else.

I thought it might be interesting to compare credit growth over 20 years with interest rates and the bank's share prices. I was right, it is interesting. The price and volume of their product, credit, has declined, but their share prices are up 500%. Why is it so? Because of their dividends. The second chart is spot prices of iron ore and coal since June 1. They have completely decoupled.

Penrith coach Ivan clearly has refused to be drawn on Sandor Earl's time with the club. The Canberra Raiders stood down Earl yesterday after being charged with using and trafficking a banned peptide. It is understood the charges date to his time with the Panthers. The winger says he'll cooperate fully with the sports anti-doping authority.This was Sandor Earl at the peak of his powers - now, his career has hit rock bottom, accused not just of using banned substances, but of trafficking. Unwelcome headlines for the coach of his former club, the Penrith Panthers. Not commenting on anything to do with ASADA.Sandor Earl has told ASADA that while he was at the Panthers sports scientist Stephen Dank referred him to a doctor at this clinic in Cabramatta. Over the following two months, Earl claims he came here 12 times for peptide injections. Dr Khan was unable for comment. Stephen Dank has consistently denied any wrongdoing. In a statement, the Panthers said they have been cooperating with investigators, and have provided receipts for what the club believed was legitimate treatment of the player. A player who now faces a potentially lengthy ban. If he contests it and goes to a tribunal it could be several months and he could get a very substantial ban.Testing times for the NRL. Obviously not a good look for our game but, you know, I'm sure we'll work through it and hopefully, you know, we'll come through sooner rather than later. I think the NRL can take some credit for the way they have handled it and also the swiftness of their action yesterday.Action that could jeopardise Earl's plans to play Rugby Union in France next year.

Bernard Tomic led a one-set lead slip to lose his second-round match at the US Open. The 20-year-old went into the match against Daniel Evans as favourite, but conceded the second set 6-3. The Brit was lucky to escape injury when he scrambled to the back of the court to retrieve a ball but Evangel went on to win in four sets. That will do it. Daniel Evans with a huge upset.In all three of his US Open appearances, Tomic's been knocked out in the second round. There was better news for women's number one seed Serena Williams. The defending champion was a straights set victor over Galina Voskoboeva. Australian cricket finally has something to celebrate after a lean 200 days. Aaron Finch produced the innings of a lifetime belting 156 off 63 balls to give the team its first international win in more than six months - Patrick Galloway reports.

Handshakes to start, but there was nothing friendly about the first few overs of this Twenty20 match. Aaron Finch couldn't escape the line of fire. His retaliation, swift. He's just boped it straight back over his head for 6, 50 for Finch. It was just one of those days, things seemed to hit the middle of the bat.And often. Joe Root routed in one over with three consecutive sixs' as Finch moved towards. The mark came in record time. Yes, please, it will go all the way for 6.Australia 39 run winners. Only one Twenty20 game at the end of the day, there is still five one dayers and another Twenty20 to come.Meg Lanning opened in the women's Ashes. She made 60 and a tally of 127.

The turning point came when Erin Osbourne turned one past green groon Lydia Greenway. The knowledge of a costly miss. England's victory, fittingly Green with the final say. England have got there.The result gave the hosts an unassailable 10-4 lead in the proud
multi formam series. We are so proud of what we have done. Everybody has contributed.I think we were probably 15 runs short, to be honest, but, you know, this is the team we are, we keep fighting and we'll continue to do that in the next game. That will take place Saturday night.

100 years of the sport in Canberra was honoured today with Aussie rules legend Alex Jesaulenko and squash player Heather McKay chosen as the region's best by the ACT sports Hall of Fame. It's the mark that gardenered Alex Jesaulenko plenty of attention, but his career is often overlooked. He played 279 games for Carlton and St Kilda, from the 60s to the 80s and won four Premierships with the Blues. But it's his aerial antics that ensure his name is immortalised in the sport. That mark just went like that, you know, it was up and down and I didn't even know I took it, really.From high flying to racket swinging squash legend Heather McKay won 16 consecutive British open titles. I was an amateur for 14 years of my career, so we really didn't get many accolades in those days. And certainly didn't make anything out of it, so, yeah, I just loved it and continued to play, and that's - to get recognised now, it's great.Heather McKay only suffered defeat twice in her entire competitive career. To the weather now, and the clap of thunder and flash of lightning kept quite afew Canberrans awake last night.

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Before we go, a brief recap of our top stories tonight. An Australian Special Forces unit is under investigation amid allegations that at least one Afghan insurgent's body was mutilate. Mutilating the dead is a violation of the rules of war enshrined into the Geneva Convention.The row over the Coalition's policy costings is continuing to dominate the election campaign. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey today called Kevin Rudd a liar, while Mr Rudd is standing by his claims that the Coalition's numbers don't add up.And thanks the latest from the Canberra news room. For more you can follow us online or at Twitter.

Stay with us now for 7:30 ACT with criminal criminal criminal Chris Kimball. I'm Virginia Haussegger, have a great weekend, goodnight. Captions by CSI Australia This Program is Captioned Live.

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