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Landlocked country in South-Central Asia

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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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Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet [Video]

Fighting continues in Afghanistan as gov’t and Taliban meet

It is the first time after nearly two decades that the Afghan government and the Taliban are meeting face to face. But as they meet in Doha, attacks are continuing in Afghanistan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:36Published
Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar [Video]

Talks between Afghan government and Taliban open in Qatar

Nearly 20 years of war has led to the deaths and injury of an estimated 300,000 Iraqi and Afghan people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:34Published
Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal [Video]

Pompeo urges Afghans to make peace deal

Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents met on Saturday to begin historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians...

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:26Published
No part of Afghanistan untouched by India's 400-plus development projects: Jaishankar [Video]

No part of Afghanistan untouched by India's 400-plus development projects: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on September 12 said that no part of Afghanistan is untouched by India's 400-plus development projects. He was addressing the conference on Afghan peace..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:15Published
Afghanistan's soil should never be used for anti-India activities: EAM Jaishankar [Video]

Afghanistan's soil should never be used for anti-India activities: EAM Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on September 12 said that India's expectation is that soil of Afghanistan should never be used for any anti-India activities. He was addressing the conference..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:08Published
Afghan observers tamp down peace prospects as Taliban talks begin [Video]

Afghan observers tamp down peace prospects as Taliban talks begin

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 05:28Published
Afghan, Taliban talks aim to end decades of war [Video]

Afghan, Taliban talks aim to end decades of war

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:47Published
Afghan VP survives assassination attempt [Video]

Afghan VP survives assassination attempt

A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning but he escaped unharmed, his spokesman said. The attack killed at least 10 people. Olivia Chan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
Afghan VP Saleh unharmed in bomb attack in Kabul: Spokesman [Video]

Afghan VP Saleh unharmed in bomb attack in Kabul: Spokesman

At least two killed in roadside explosion targeting the convoy of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, officials say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:35Published
Sikh families from Afghanistan relocated in Delhi gurudwaras [Video]

Sikh families from Afghanistan relocated in Delhi gurudwaras

Around 138 Sikh families from Afghanistan have been relocated in Delhi. They are currently staying in Gurudwaras that are run by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee."It's been 16 days here. I lost..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:51Published
Afghan children back to school after five months at home [Video]

Afghan children back to school after five months at home

Only 20 percent of Afghans have access to the internet, so online learning was difficult for many.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published
Over 180 Sikh families from Afghanistan arrive in India on ‘long-term’ visas [Video]

Over 180 Sikh families from Afghanistan arrive in India on ‘long-term’ visas

More than 180 Sikh families arrived in India from Afghanistan on Thursday. The families were welcomed at the IGI Airport by World Punjab Organisation. The families arrived in India on 'long-term'..

Credit: HT Digital Content     Duration: 02:22Published
182 Afghan Hindu, Sikh migrants brought to India [Video]

182 Afghan Hindu, Sikh migrants brought to India

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), in association with World Punjabi Organization brought 182 Afghan Hindu-Sikh migrants to India from Afghanistan. They were brought to New Delhi in a..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 02:24Published
Afghanistan violence: UN says 52,000 displaced from their homes [Video]

Afghanistan violence: UN says 52,000 displaced from their homes

Security remains Afghanistan’s biggest challenge.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published
Massive protest held in Dhaka against China's repression of Uighur Muslims [Video]

Massive protest held in Dhaka against China's repression of Uighur Muslims

A massive protest was held outside Dhaka Press Club on Friday to condemn the Chinese brutality and suppression against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Autonomous region. Bangladesh Freedom Fighters..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:43Published
Afghanistan, Pakistan: At least 200 killed in monsoon floods [Video]

Afghanistan, Pakistan: At least 200 killed in monsoon floods

Families and rescue workers are searching through the wreckage for survivors.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published
Taliban kill four survivors of Afghanistan flash floods [Video]

Taliban kill four survivors of Afghanistan flash floods

Taliban fighters killed four civilians on Thursday during clashes with Afghan forces in the central province of Parwan, amid rescue work after flash floods claimed more than 150 lives, officials said...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published
'America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield' - Rep. Crenshaw [Video]

'America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield' - Rep. Crenshaw

U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who nearly died and lost his right eye in a bombing in Afghanistan, said on Wednesday in his speech at the RNC that America's 'heroism isn't..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed [Video]

Afghanistan flooding: Dozens dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

At least 68 people killed and hundreds of homes destroyed as seasonal rains cause worst flooding in Parwan province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:40Published
WHO declares Africa free of polio [Video]

WHO declares Africa free of polio

The announcement is a significant step in the 30-year-long campaign to eradicate the disease worldwide, and only Afghanistan and Pakistan have infections.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

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

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Defence minister Rajnath Singh discusses bilateral ties, regional security with Iranian counterpart

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said he had a "very fruitful" meeting with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami and discussed ways to bolster bilateral cooperation and..
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Arrested ISIS operative had planned terror attack in crowded areas on August 15: Delhi Police

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Woman member of Afghan peace team survives attack by gunmen

A female member of Afghanistan's peace negotiating team and a former parliamentarian survived an assassination attempt, Afghan officials said on Saturday. Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior..
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Pakistan not only harbours terror outfits, but also encourages them: MEA

India on Friday slammed Pakistan over reports that former UN-designated terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar participated in an event hosted by that country's mission in Afghanistan, saying this was not new..
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