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Voice of America 11 Dec 2019

Bomber Hits Medical Facility Near US Air Base in Afghanistan


A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility, Wednesday, December 11, near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the US military said.
Six Afghans were reported injured.
The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the US military said. (AP)

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President Trump signed executive orders at a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Board directing federal agencies to use skill-based hiring as opposed to degree-based criteria.
The United States is facing criticism around the world for its latest threats against the International Criminal Court.
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order sanctioning the ICC's staff and their families.
The US, which is not a member of the Hague-based tribunal, is angry at investigations into suspected war crimes in Afghanistan that could implicate its soldiers.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the ICC a "kangaroo court".
The International Criminal Court has rejected the sanctions as an unprecedented attack.
So, what's behind president Trump's move?
And what will be its impact on international justice?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Fergal Gaynor - Counsel at the International Criminal Court and legal representative of victims in Afghanistan

Brett Schaefer - Jay Kingham Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Toby Cadman - International Human Rights Lawyer and Co-Founder of Guernica 37 at International Justice Chambers.
Russia is denying paying fighters linked to the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops.
The allegation is triggering renewed debate on Donald Trump's strategy to end the war, and his relationship with Vladimir Putin.
The New York Times says investigators focused in part on a Taliban attack last year that killed three U.S. Marines and an Afghan contractor near an American army base.
President Trump denies being told about intelligence reports dating back to February.
Members of Congress want to know why they weren't told either.
A Kremlin official told Inside Story the bounty killing claims are "fake news".
How could the controversy shape efforts to end America's longest war?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Richard Weitz - Defence Expert at Wikistrat Global Consultancy

Nikolay Surkov - Senior Research Fellow at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations

Omar Zakhilwal - Former Ambassador of Afghanistan in Islamabad, and a former Minister of Finance

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