November 16th, 2010
02:39 PM ET

Canada plans for non-combat transition in Afghanistan

Canada, which is ending its combat mission in Afghanistan in
July, on Tuesday announced "a new role" to play in the war-torn nation, with a
focus on security, diplomacy, human rights and development.

"Building on strengths and accomplishments over the past years, Canada is
committed to helping build a more secure, stable and self-sufficient
Afghanistan that is no longer a safe haven for terrorists," said Foreign
Minister Lawrence Cannon.
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November 16th, 2010
02:28 PM ET

Soldier accused of Afghan sport killings faces second day of hearing

A hearing for a soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians for amusement enters a second day Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Military officials will determine if there is enough evidence to court martial Pfc. Andrew Holmes over the allegedly premeditated deaths of three Afghan civilians.

Holmes is also charged with smoking hashish, possessing a dismembered human finger and wrongfully possessing photos of human casualties. He is accused of conspiring with Spc. Jeremy Morlock to shoot at a civilian and then toss a grenade so it would look like the soldiers were under attack.

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November 16th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Afghan official tries to smooth tensions created by Karzai comments

An Afghan government official worked Tuesday to publicly smooth over tensions created when President Hamid Karzai spoke extensively about reducing U.S. military operations and the number of American forces in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, Karzai spokesman Wahid Omer acknowledged an effort to ease tensions following a Karzai interview published Sunday in The Washington Post.
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Hero Afghan dog accidentally euthanized
November 16th, 2010
02:21 PM ET

Hero Afghan dog accidentally euthanized

A dog rescued from Afghanistan after she alerted soldiers to a suicide bomber was accidentally euthanized at an Arizona shelter on Monday.

A Pinal County Animal Care and Control employee has been placed on administrative leave for failing to follow procedures and euthanizing the wrong dog.

Watch file video of "Target" reuniting with a U.S. soldier he saved in Afghanistan

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November 16th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Afghan blend of old and new justice

Jill Dougherty's exclusive look at how Afghans blend old traditions and modern day justice to establish rule of law.

November 16th, 2010
08:33 AM ET

Medal of Honor awarded

Medals of Honor have been rare since the end of the Vietnam war. And not one of the recipients from the recent deployments have been alive to have the iconic blue ribbon with the gold star draped around his neck. Until now. On Tuesday, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will be awarded the nation's highest medal for valor for his actions in Afghanistan.

See more on Giunta's story, details of the battle and background on the medal


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