Lance-Corporal MacKinney was killed in a three-hour battle with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province late last month.This morning's Brisbane Courier Mail devoted its front page as a tribute to his bravery and recorded that his grieving wife Beckie MacKinney was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital immediately after the funeral service. With her mother and sister present, little Noah Jared MacKinney was born yesterday at 3.10pm, two weeks early.
Meanwhile in London the Daily Telegraph was preparing this story on how the family of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has been linked to more than a dozen expensive homes in the Gulf, raising fears that Western aid money sent to Afghanistan is being misused.: The Karzai empire, villas in Dubai and fears over Afghan aid
"The Daily Telegraph today reveals a property empire in Dubai assembled at a cost of �90 million that is owned or occupied by close relatives and associates of Mr Karzai.
The property holdings emerged as Mr Karzai, who leads one of the world’s poorest and most deprived countries, has struggled to salvage Afghanistan's biggest private bank, Kabul Bank, which bankrolled the purchases."