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Fake blood prepares troops for real war
Under a heavy night sky, 40 soldiers creep through the wet knee-high grass.

MPs want mining tax quick fix
Labor MPs are pressuring Kevin Rudd to bring an end to the damaging stand-off over the mining tax debate before Parliament rises for the winter break in two weeks' time.

Jury still out on Kewell, Pim insists
Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek says he will not be rushed into making changes to his line-up for this weekend's must-win World Cup match against Ghana, admitting Harry Kewell is not fit enough to play a whole match.

Aussie missing in Ecuador mountains
The family of a Perth woman missing in South America is holding out hope she will be found alive.

Afghanistan sits on $1 trillion mineral motherlode
United States officials say a survey has uncovered at least $US1 trillion in mineral deposits in Afghanistan, but there are doubts as to how the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall.