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Afghanistan: Landlocked country in South-Central Asia
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast. Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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Two Afghan female judges shot dead in Kabul ambush [Video]

Two Afghan female judges shot dead in Kabul ambush

Afghan officials blame the Taliban for the attacks, an accusation the armed group denies.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:31Published
Gunmen kill female judges in Afghan capital [Video]

Gunmen kill female judges in Afghan capital

Unknown gunmen shot and killed two female judges in Kabul on Sunday as they travelled to work. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published
Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan [Video]

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 03:57Published
US downsizes its troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 [Video]

US downsizes its troops in Afghanistan to 2,500

President Trump, who ordered the reduction last year, says that troop levels in Afghanistan reached a 19-year low.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:29Published
Sciutto: There will be more guardsmen at inauguration than in Afghanistan [Video]

Sciutto: There will be more guardsmen at inauguration than in Afghanistan

CNN’s Jim Sciutto speaks with Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) about security as President-elect Biden’s inauguration draws near.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 01:48Published
'Please help us': Migrants endure Bosnia's winter [Video]

'Please help us': Migrants endure Bosnia's winter

Hundreds of migrants are taking shelter in abandoned buildings in and around the northwestern Bosnian town of Bihac, wrapping up as best they can against the snow and freezing weather and hoping..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:53Published
The Ghanis discuss peace, Covid and Afghanistan's future [Video]

The Ghanis discuss peace, Covid and Afghanistan's future

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and First Lady Rula Ghani speak exclusively with Amanpour about talks with the Taliban, coronavirus, and relations with the US.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 15:39Published
Ghani: 'With Pakistan we have a perennial problem' [Video]

Ghani: 'With Pakistan we have a perennial problem'

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discusses relations with Afghanistan’s neighbors, the Taliban in Pakistan, and why Afghanistan wants a “maximum numbers of friends.”

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL     Duration: 03:00Published
India to chair 3 key subsidiary bodies of UN Security Council: TS Tirumurti [Video]

India to chair 3 key subsidiary bodies of UN Security Council: TS Tirumurti

Permanent Representative of India at United Nations Security Council, TS Tirumurti on January 08 informed that India will chair 3 key subsidiary bodies of UN Security Council. The three committees are..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:43Published
Assange U.S. extradition request is rejected [Video]

Assange U.S. extradition request is rejected

A British judge ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of breaking a spying law and conspiring to obtain secret U.S...

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:46Published
'Today is a victory' says partner of Julian Assange [Video]

'Today is a victory' says partner of Julian Assange

Reacting to the decison not to extradite Julian Assange to the United States, his partner Stella Moris said: "Today is a victory for Julian. Today's victory is a first step towards justice in this..

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Pakistan has become a pawn of China due to CPEC: IAF Chief [Video]

Pakistan has become a pawn of China due to CPEC: IAF Chief

Calling Pakistan a "pawn" in the Chinese policy, India Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria said that country's increasing CPEC related debt trap will lead to military dependencies in future. The IAF Chief..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:19Published
MEA slams Pak's leadership for accusing India, calls it their daily routine to make humorous statements [Video]

MEA slams Pak's leadership for accusing India, calls it their daily routine to make humorous statements

Addressing a press conference in the national capital on December 24, the official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava said, "India will host the next meeting between..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:22Published
PM thanks armed forces personnel during Christmas video call [Video]

PM thanks armed forces personnel during Christmas video call

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the armed forces personnelfor their work tackling Covid-19 during 2020. In a video call with troopsoverseas in Mali, Estonia, Somalia and Afghanistan,..

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COVID-19 cases, deaths rise in Afghanistan as cold season sets in [Video]

COVID-19 cases, deaths rise in Afghanistan as cold season sets in

Millions pledged in aid to deliver vaccine offer little comfort as officials struggle to put in basic containment moves.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:03Published
Trump revives threat to veto defense bill [Video]

Trump revives threat to veto defense bill

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated his threat to veto a massive defense spending bill, which was passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Friday, giving the president 10 days -..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:51Published
‘Terror groups find safe haven in Pakistan’: Senator Mark Warner #HTLS2020 [Video]

‘Terror groups find safe haven in Pakistan’: Senator Mark Warner #HTLS2020

Senator Mark Warner spoke on the issue of terrorism during the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Senator Warner said that India has shown a lot of restraint in dealing with..

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Kabul reels from spike in targeted killings [Video]

Kabul reels from spike in targeted killings

In the Afghan capital - once described the country's most secure city - there is fear and anxiety.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:04Published
Italian police arrest 19 over people smuggling ring [Video]

Italian police arrest 19 over people smuggling ring

Police said they dismantled a criminal organisation which was moving migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan to Italy and then into northern Europe.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:03Published
U.S. Congress defense bill defies Trump's wishes [Video]

U.S. Congress defense bill defies Trump's wishes

U.S. lawmakers unveiled the final version of a massive annual defense policy bill on Thursday that defies several of President Donald Trump's demands. Gloria Tso reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:38Published
Afghan govt, Taliban reach breakthrough deal [Video]

Afghan govt, Taliban reach breakthrough deal

Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

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Army Chief Naravane on Tuesday (January 12) ruled out any plans of sending troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
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Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson on the side's first action since their win over England as they face the UAE and Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.
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Exclusive: Chabahar can be fulcrum of transit between India and Central Asia: Indian envoy to Uzbekistan Manish Prabhat

India built the Shahid Behesti Port at Chabahar as part of the India, Iran, Afghanistan 2016 agreement to increase its connectivity with Afghanistan.
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Being criticised for small catches but can't allow drug lords free run in narcotics sale: NCB chief

"Ninety-five per cent of the world's heroin is manufactured in these two regions. Heroin is being pushed into the country from the Myanmar and Pakistan-Afghanistan side... the whole of northeast and..
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Entire Taliban brass based in Pak, says its chief negotiator

The disclosure by Mullah Baradar, the chief Taliban negotiator in the intra-Afghan peace talks, in a video that the entire Taliban leadership is based in Pakistan and that no decision is taken without..
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India to invite Afghanistan to next meet on Chabahar port

Afghanistan will be invited to the next meeting of India, Iran and Uzbekistan on joint use of strategically-located Chabahar port, the ministry of external affairs said on Thursday.
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Afghanisthan invited for second India-Uzbekistan-Iran trilateral meet on Chabahar

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Pakistan, China's espionage operations exposed through presence of Chinese spies in Afghanistan

The revelation shows the depth of Chinese espionage operations - but in a different part of the world.
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Terror, Afghanistan peace top agenda of PM’s talks with Uzbek president


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India-Uzbekistan virtual summit: Afghanistan, counter-terror top focus by PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi said, "We have similar concerns" and similar views on "regional security situation".
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Gains of past two decades need to be preserved: PM Modi on Afghan peace process


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India, Uzbekistan standing firmly against terrorism: PM Modi

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At UN, India highlights violence committed by Taliban in Afghanistan; reiterates calls for ceasefire

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External affairs minister Jaishankar speaks to Afghan foreign minister Haneef Atmar


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India-Afghanistan to sign agreement on Shatoot Dam soon, 2 million Kabul residents to get clean drinking water

New Delhi has been involved in a number of infrastructure projects in the country, like building Afghan Parliament and road from Delaram to Zaran.
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India to host SCO meet on Monday with participation of 7 PMs; Afghan President, Pak PM to give a miss

India has invited Turkmenistan as a special guest and will be represented by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers.
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India’s plan to build dam to aid Afghanistan likely to unnerve Pakistan

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India to launch phase 4 of community development projects in Afghanistan worth $80 million

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Afghan President Ghani praises India's role at Afghanistan conference in Geneva

During his address, the Afghan President thanked India for its commitment of over USD two billion and for the Chahbahar corridor.
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Indo-Pak wars' veteran Maj Gen (retd) R N Chibber passes away

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Pak's FATF future in limbo with its continuous involvement in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan can succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across Durand Line: India at UN


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SCO Summit 2020: Afghan president thanks India for support amid COVID-19 crisis

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'Will continue to support Afghanistan's brave struggle against terrorism': PM Modi condemns Kabul attack

At least 22 people were killed including students on Monday after three gunmen stormed into Kabul University and opened fire on the students.
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Daily news wrap: Bihar phase II polls, 19 dead in Afghan university attack & more


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Afghanistan tries to beat Pakistan hurdles to send onions to India via Wagah


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Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan focus of discussion between Pompeo-Jaishankar

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Afghanistan's Ata Mohammad Noor meets EAM, Foreign Secretary in Delhi; briefs about Afghan peace process

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Head of Afghan peace council Abdullah Abdullah meets PM Narendra Modi


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Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah arrives in Delhi, set to meet PM Narendra Modi, EAM Jaishankar

Abdullah Abdullah, the chief negotiator with Taliban in the intra-Afghan peace dialogue on Tuesday arrived in New Delhi for a five-day visit during which he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister..
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Afghanistan's top negotiator Abdullah Abdullah to visit India on Oct 6

Afghan government's top negotiator for inter-Afghan talks, Abdullah Abdullah, will be visiting India from October 6 for four days.
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Pakistan targeting Indian professionals working in Afghanistan: MEA


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Indian citizenship granted to 2,120 Pakistanis, 188 Afghans, 99 Bangladeshis in last 4 years

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Last hostage from group of 7 Indians kidnapped in Afghanistan has returned to India: MEA

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India's ties with China and 5 other countries have not deteriorated: MoS MEA

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Head of Afghan peace council thanks India for continued support to Afghanistan

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