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Prince Harry 'set to leave armed forces this year'

Prince Harry is set to quit the armed forces later this year to bring his active military career to an end, it has been reported.

The 30-year-old royal, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, will serve with units in Australia for "several weeks" before his duties end, according to the Evening Standard.

Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, experienced frontline fighting in Afghanistan. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Harry is expected to continue to support programmes to help rehabilitate injured service personnel as well as pursuing other charity work, including field projects in Africa.

While refusing to confirm the reports, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace told ITV News:

Prince Harry is currently focused on his work supporting the MoD's recovery capability programme to ensure those who are wounded injured or sick have appropriate recovery plans and the necessary support they require.

It's a natural progression from the work he did organising the Invictus Games.

This involves working alongside case officers in London District's Personal Recovery Unit and visiting various recovery centres and partner agencies (like forces charities and the NHS) around the country.

– Kensington Palace

Al Qaeda 'lieutenant' convicted over 1998 bombings

Over 220 people were killed and more than 5,000 injured by the bomb at the US embassy in Nairobi. Credit: Reuters/Antony Njuguna

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants has been convicted in a federal court in New York in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him on all four conspiracy counts on their third day of deliberations.

Al-Fawwaz was not charged with planning the embassy attacks themselves. Instead, prosecutors said he functioned as one of bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants while living in London, disseminating the al Qaeda leader's declarations of war to the news media and sending equipment to al Qaeda members in Africa.

Al-Fawwaz was also accused of operating an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in the early 1990s and helping to lead an al Qaeda cell in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, that later conducted surveillance ahead of the embassy bombing there.

Al-Fawwaz was arrested in London in 1998. He was extradited to the United States in 2012 following a lengthy legal battle.


Embassies 'on high alert' after Kabul suicide car bomb attack

Kabul Credit: Google Maps

Foreign embassies have been put on high alert in Kabul in Afghanistan after a Taliban suicide car bomb attack left at least one dead and another injured.

The bomber drove their vehicle into a Turkish embassy car in the heavily fortified diplomatic quarter, the ministry of interior said.

The attack took place near to the British, German, Iranian and Turkish embassies. They are all on high alert following the attack, according to the Kabul Police.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.


Century from Jayawardene digs Sri Lanka out of hole

Mahela Jayawardene's 19th ODI century helped to dig Sri Lanka out of a hole and send them on their way to a four-wicket win over a spirited Afghanistan in Dunedin.

Mahela Jayawardene recorded his 19th ODI century. Credit: Reuters

Jayawardene, who hit eight fours and a six before departing on 100, combined with skipper Angelo Mathews (44) to get Sri Lanka back on track after their top order crumbled.

They were down to 51 for four after 12 overs in pursuit of 233 before Jayawardene and Mathews piled on 126 in a vital fifth-wicket stand.

Thisara Perera then took charge with 47 from 26 balls to see them over the line as they reached 236 for six with 10 balls to spare at the University Oval to get their World Cup campaign up and running.

It was hard on Afghanistan, who looked to have their opponents on the ropes as Hamid Hassan took three for 45 runs.

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New US Defence Secretary on visit to Afghanistan

Ash Carter was met at the airport in Kabul by US Army General John Campbell. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

New US Defence Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan today on his first trip since taking over the job this week, saying he wanted to talk to Afghan and American officials to ensure a "lasting" success as US troops withdraw.

"We're looking for success in Afghanistan that is lasting, and the lasting accomplishment of our mission here," Carter told reporters shortly before landing in Kabul.

"How to do that, what the best way to do that is, is precisely what I'm here to assess."

Carter said he looked forward to an update from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and added the two would discuss Afghan government-led peace efforts with Taliban militants.

Senior Pakistani army, Afghan and diplomatic officials said this week the Afghan Taliban had signalled they were willing to open peace talks with Kabul.

Afghanistan lose first World Cup match

World Cup debutants Afghanistan avoided humiliation at the hands of Bangladesh but still fell to a comprehensive 105-run defeat in the Pool A match at Canberra.

Afghanistan slumped to three for three in the third over in chase of Bangladesh's total of 267 after Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai and Asghar Stanikzai were all dismissed for just a run each.

Rubel Hossain celebrates a wicket. Credit: PA

The new boys rallied to 25 for three at the end of the 12th over as Samiullah Shenwari took a leading role alongside number three Nawroz Mangal.

The duo stayed together to see Afghanistan past the lowest ever score in World Cup history - the 36 scored by Canada against Sri Lanka in 2003 - and moved onto to 63 without further loss, steadying the innings and leaving a target of a further 205 runs from 25 overs.

However, with regular wickets tumbling, it was a bridge too far for Afghanistan, who finished on 162 from 42.5 overs.

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