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Afghanistan: A landlocked south-central Asian country
Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in 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 32 million, mostly composed of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks.

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Afghanistan drawdown mustn’t precipitate a crisis, India tells US


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For Afghan actor, now a refugee, survival is toughest role

Talibshah Hosini played some tough roles as an actor in Afghanistan before he fled. None was as hard as his real-life fight for survival in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
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Videos for Afghanistan


Afghan refugee dreams of boxing in Olympics [Video]Afghan refugee dreams of boxing in Olympics

A young Afghan refugee living in Portugal is attempting to achieve in 10 months what normally takes years of preparation - qualifying to box in the Olympics. Libby Hogan reports.

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Afghanistan: Fears people with coronavirus will enter via Iran [Video]Afghanistan: Fears people with coronavirus will enter via Iran

Afghanistan has recorded its first coronavirus case, but can the country's healthcare system cope with a possible outbreak?

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

WHO warns that the world should prepare for coronavirus pandemic [Video]WHO warns that the world should prepare for coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization has warned that the world should prepare for a potential coronavirus pandemic.

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US, Taliban to sign agreement to cut violence [Video]US, Taliban to sign agreement to cut violence

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:00Published

Afghanistan war: Families say homes destroyed by US bombs [Video]Afghanistan war: Families say homes destroyed by US bombs

Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission says 26 civilians were killed and 24 injured in January.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:09Published

Afghanistan's presidential election: Ashraf Ghani declared winner [Video]Afghanistan's presidential election: Ashraf Ghani declared winner

Final result announced months after vote rejected by runner-up Abdullah Abdullah, who pledges to form parallel gov't.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:55Published

Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll [Video]Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani the winner of a disputed presidential election on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place in September. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

Amputee veteran first to receive 3D-printed bionic ‘hero’ arm on the NHS [Video]Amputee veteran first to receive 3D-printed bionic ‘hero’ arm on the NHS

Darren Fuller, who lost his lower right arm in Afghanistan in 2008 has become the first military veteran in the world to receive an advanced 3D-printed multi-grip bionic ‘Hero Arm’. He said he..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:49Published

US and Taliban reach Afghanistan truce on sidelines of Munich security conference [Video]US and Taliban reach Afghanistan truce on sidelines of Munich security conference

US and Taliban reach Afghanistan truce on sidelines of Munich security conference

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U.S., Taliban reach truce that could lead to troop withdrawal [Video]U.S., Taliban reach truce that could lead to troop withdrawal

The United States has reached an agreement with the Taliban on a week-long reduction of violence that could lead to U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:22Published

Meet Timea, Afghanistan's first robot waitress [Video]Meet Timea, Afghanistan's first robot waitress

While robots are becoming increasingly commonplace in Japan and China, they are unusual in AfghanistanView on euronews

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Afghanistan drug addiction on the rise as conflict continues [Video]Afghanistan drug addiction on the rise as conflict continues

Addicts go through what passes for detox here - several months of cold showers and long walks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:49Published

Greece plans to install sea barrier to prevent influx of migrants [Video]Greece plans to install sea barrier to prevent influx of migrants

Greece wants to put up a sea barrier to deter refugees and asylum-seekers from reaching its islands.

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U.S. travel warning for China now as high as Iraq [Video]U.S. travel warning for China now as high as Iraq

A new U.S. State Department travel advisory raised the warning for China to the same level as Iraq and Afghanistan as confirmed cases worldwide surpass SARS. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:55Published

US military confirms Afghan crash but disputes plane shot down [Video]US military confirms Afghan crash but disputes plane shot down

Military spokesman said the jet, believed to be E-11A aircraft, crashed in Ghazni, killing two people aboard.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published

Taliban repel Afghan effort to reach U.S. military jet crash [Video]Taliban repel Afghan effort to reach U.S. military jet crash

Afghan forces and Taliban fighters clashed in a central region where a U.S. military aircraft crashed, officials said on Tuesday, as the government tried to reach the wreckage site in a Taliban..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:18Published

Plane crashes in Afghanistan's Ghazni province: Officials [Video]Plane crashes in Afghanistan's Ghazni province: Officials

Plane crashes in Afghanistan's Ghazni province: Officials

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:25Published

Afghan women harassment: Rise in number of cases reported [Video]Afghan women harassment: Rise in number of cases reported

Rise in sexual harassment cases reported may reflect small gains Afghan women are making in society.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:59Published

Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced last year [Video]Afghan conflict: Half a million people displaced last year

Al Jazeera looks at the conditions in Afghanistan that force men displaced by conflict and poverty into the ranks of armed groups.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:20Published

Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help [Video]Afghanistan snows: Communities calling for help

Al Jazeera reports from a rural community in Afghanistan that is finding it difficult to cope with the heavy snowfalls.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:07Published

Canada's foreign affairs minister demands full transparency and cooperation by Iran [Video]Canada's foreign affairs minister demands full transparency and cooperation by Iran

Ministers from five countries who lost citizens in the passenger jet shot down over Tehran have called on Iran to accept "full responsibility" and compensate the victims' families. Foreign Secretary..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:57Published

Foreign ministers pay respects to Iran plane victims [Video]Foreign ministers pay respects to Iran plane victims

Dominic Raab and foreign ministers from Canada, Ukraine, Sweden and Afghanistan lit candles and observed a silence to remember the 176 people who died when a passenger plane was shot down in Iran on..

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Avalanches in Kashmir kill dozens [Video]Avalanches in Kashmir kill dozens

Dozens of people have died after avalanches were triggered in both Pakistan and India-controlled Kashmir. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

 

Afghan presidential palace cites coronavirus as cause for Ghani inauguration delay

Afghanistan’s presidential palace confirmed on Wednesday that a ceremony to swear in Ashraf Ghani as president has been delayed, but contradicted reasons cited a day earlier by the U.S. government..
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Afghan government agrees to postpone Ghani inauguration: U.S.

Afghanistan's government has agreed to postpone President Ashraf Ghani's inauguration to a second term, the United States said on Tuesday as it declined to recognize competing election victory claims..
Reuters - Published

U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration

The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking..
Reuters - Published

Donald Trump says spoke to PM Modi on Taliban deal, everybody is happy

US and Taliban negotiators agreed earlier this week to finalise the pact on February 29 if a seven-day cooling-off period was passed off peacefully. The truce came into effect on Friday night. Trump..
IndiaTimes - Published

Spoke to Modi on Taliban deal, India would like to see it happen: Donald Trump

US troops have been stationed in Afghanistan since 2001.
DNA - Published

Julian Assange put lives at risk, lawyer for United States says

Julian Assange is wanted for crimes that put at risk the lives of people in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan who had helped the West, said a lawyer acting for the United States in its bid to extradite the..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan confirms first coronavirus case in province bordering Iran

Afghanistan confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in the western province of Herat on Monday, declaring a state of emergency in a territory bordering Iran which itself reported a sharp rise in..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan confirms first case of coronavirus from three suspected

Afghanistan on Monday identified the country's first case of coronavirus as reported cases outside China jump.
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan identifies first confirmed coronavirus patient - health minister

Afghanistan's minister of public health said on Monday the country had identified its first case of coronavirus.
Reuters - Published

Not just bilateral, regional & global issues also on Modi-Trump platter

Regional and international cooperation will be an important focus area for Trump and Modi when they meet on Tuesday. While the US is expected to encourage India to further promote stability and..
IndiaTimes - Published

Taliban, Afghan forces clash on first day of violence reduction period

Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday, a day after a week-long "reduction in violence" was announced, but the incidents did not spark immediate alarm..
Reuters - Published

Optimism, fear and expectations mark first day of violence cut period in Afghanistan

Afghans on Saturday welcomed the pledge by the Taliban and U.S to reduce violence, despite uncertainty looming over the war-torn country.
Reuters - Published

U.S., Taliban plan to sign accord after planned week-long 'reduction in violence'

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 at the end of a planned week-long "reduction in violence" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials and the Taliban said on Friday, stirring..
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U.S, Taliban plan to sign agreement on February 29 after week-long violence reduction

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on Feb. 29 the end of a week-long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban said on..
Reuters - Published

Taliban, Afghan officials say reach pact to reduce violence

Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan beginning at midnight (1930 GMT), an Afghan official and Taliban leaders said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

India congratulates Ashraf Ghani on his re-election as Afghan president


IndiaTimes - Published

U.S. special envoy discusses Taliban deal with re-elected Afghan president

U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday discussed a U.S. deal with Taliban militants on a weeklong reduction in violence, meeting the day after Ghani was..
Reuters - Published

Ghani named winner of disputed Afghan poll, rival also claims victory

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani winner of a disputed presidential election but his main rival rejected the result and vowed to form his own government, raising the threat of new turmoil..
Reuters - Published

Ghani named winner of Afghanistan's disputed poll amid fears of new turmoil

Afghanistan declared incumbent Ashraf Ghani the winner of a disputed presidential election held almost five months ago, a result that could trigger new turmoil amid accusations of fraud and hopes of a..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-Taliban pact to cut violence about to start, Afghan minister says amid clashes

An agreement between the Taliban and U.S. forces to reduce violence will come into force within the next five days, Afghanistan's acting interior minister said on Tuesday, amid continued clashes..
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Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan presidential poll

Afghanistan’s election body declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the 2019 presidential poll on Tuesday, almost five months after voting took place.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-Taliban agreement to cut violence will start in next five days: minister

An agreement between the Taliban and U.S. forces to reduce violence will come into force within the next five days, Afghanistan's acting interior minister said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

No let up in Taliban attacks, fresh orders awaited over deal with U.S.

Taliban fighters attacked Afghan government forces overnight, and militant commanders said on Monday insurgency operations would go-ahead until they receive fresh instructions based on a deal with the..
Reuters - Published

Questions outnumber answers for generations of refugees as Afghan peace deal nears

A short drive from the heavily secured five-star Islamabad hotel where international VIPs will discuss the future of Afghan refugees on Monday, 20-year old Ahmed Khan Younis lives in a makeshift..
Reuters - Published

Nine homeless drug users shot dead in Afghan capital: police

Gunmen shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, shining a light on chronic drug abuse in the world's biggest producer of opium but a rare incident of..
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U.S., Taliban reach violence reduction pact that could lead to U.S. withdrawal

The United States has reached agreement with the Taliban on a weeklong reduction of violence that could lead to a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on..
Reuters - Published

Air strike in Afghanistan kills eight civilians: residents

An air strike in Afghanistan on Friday killed at least eight people - all believed to be civilians, residents said - following U.S. statements that there had been a breakthrough in peace talks.
Reuters - Published

Taliban, Afghan forces clash despite talk of breakthrough in peace deal

Afghan government forces and Taliban insurgents waged war against each other in the past 24 hours despite U.S. officials saying there had been a breakthrough in recent days in peace talks to end the..
Reuters - Published

Trump sees 'good chance' for accord with Taliban by end of month

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a "good chance" the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from..
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Trump says a U.S. peace deal with the Taliban is likely

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a good chance the United States will reach a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo sees breakthrough in Taliban talks, wants 'significant' reduction in violence

The United States has had "a pretty important breakthrough" in peace talks with the Taliban over the past couple of days, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, but he cautioned that..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says 'important breakthrough' made in U.S. talks with Taliban

There has been a 'pretty important break through' over the past few days in talks between the United States and the Taliban who have been negotiating for a peace agreement in Afghanistan, U.S...
Reuters - Published

Fox Business retracts report on Trump issuing conditional OK for Taliban peace deal

Fox Business Network said its report on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has announced a conditional decision for a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan is wrong.
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Trump issues conditional OK for peace deal with Taliban: Fox Business

President Donald Trump has announced a conditional decision for a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan, Fox Business Network reported on Wednesday, after sources told Reuters an agreement could..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Taliban could sign peace deal in February if insurgents reduce violence: sources

A U.S.-Taliban peace deal could be signed this month if the Taliban significantly reduces violence, which could lead to an eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, two Afghan government..
Reuters - Published

Afghanistan-Pakistan region continues to be epicentre of terrorism: General Bipin Rawat

General Rawat said: "The spectre of terrorism as it relates to our region, the epicentre here continues to be Af-Pak region with organisations like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, JeM, and LeT being some of..
IndiaTimes - Published

U.S. says talks with Taliban continue over specifics of reduction of violence

Talks between the United States and the Taliban in Doha continue over the specifics of a reduction in violence, a State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday, hours after Afghan President Ashraf..
Reuters - Published

Afghan president says Pompeo reports progress in U.S.-Taliban talks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday that he was told by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that "notable progress" has been made in talks between the United States and the Taliban on an..
Reuters - Published

Six killed in suicide blast in Kabul, Taliban deny attack

A suicide bomber killed six people near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Five killed in suicide blast in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber killed five people near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.
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Casualties feared in Afghanistan suicide blast, ministry says

A suicide blast hit Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Tuesday, with casualties feared, the interior ministry said, although no militant group immediately claimed responsibility.
Reuters - Published

Kabul suicide blast, casualties feared

A suicide blast hit Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Tuesday, with casualties feared, the interior ministry said, although no militant group immediately claimed responsibility.
Reuters - Published

Suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's Kabul, casualties feared

A suicide blast hit Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Tuesday, security officials said, adding that casualties were feared.
Reuters - Published

Insider attack in Afghanistan kills two U.S. soldiers and Afghan serviceman

Two U.S. soldiers and an Afghan soldier were killed when an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military and two senior Afghan..
Reuters - Published

Two U.S. service members killed, six wounded in insider attack in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed and six wounded when an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military and two senior Afghan..
Reuters - Published

American, Afghan soldiers killed in shootout in Afghanistan: NY Times

U.S. and Afghan forces came under attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said in Kabul, as they launched investigations into what the New York Times described as a deadly shootout between..
Reuters - Published

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