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

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Exclusive: U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration - sources

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

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

Videos for Afghanistan


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

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 02:08Published

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

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

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.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:56Published

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..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:48Published

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

 

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

Following coronavirus outbreak in Iran, Armenia closes border and Azerbaijan keeps it open

following coronavirus outbreak in iran, armenia closes border and azerbaijan keeps it open
Armenia has closed its border with Iran following an outbreak of coronavirus in that country, while Azerbaijan chose to keep its southern border open for the time being. Azerbaijan thus appeared to be..
WorldNews - 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

Coronavirus: Kuwait, Bahrain and Afghanistan confirm first cases

coronavirus: kuwait, bahrain and afghanistan confirm first cases
Health ministries in Bahrain, Kuwait and Afghanistan have confirmed the first cases of coronavirus. A Bahraini national showed symptoms after arriving on a flight from Iran and was transferred to the..
WorldNews - 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

Donald Trump expresses optimism about peace deal with Taliban in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump confirmed he would sign a peace agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan if negotiators can work out the final details.
USATODAY.com - Published

Isis and al-Qaeda join forces in West Africa

isis and al-qaeda join forces in west africa
Groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, at war with each other in the Middle East, are working together to take control of territory across a vast stretch of West Africa, US and local..
WorldNews - 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

Afghans take to streets to mark start of week-long partial truce

afghans take to streets to mark start of week-long partial truce
A week-long, partial truce came into effect across Afghanistan on Saturday, with jubilant civilians celebrating in the streets to mark a potentially historic turning point in the war, even as isolated..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •France 24

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..
Reuters - Published

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

State Dept.: 'reduction in violence' with Taliban starts tonight, peace deal signing Feb. 29

According to Pompeo, the U.S. had "reached an understanding with the Taliban" on a reduction of violence, beginning tonight Afghanistan time.
USATODAY.com - Published

Russia, Nevada, Afghanistan: Your Friday Briefing

Here's what you need to know.
NYTimes.com - Published

Afghanistan war: US and Afghan Taliban agree to partial truce

A seven-day "reduction in violence" between the two sides will begin on Saturday, officials say.
BBC News - Published

Week-long ‘reduction in violence’ to start at midnight, say Taliban, Afghan officials

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. 
France 24 - Published

Taliban, Afghan officials say reach pact to reduce violence

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. The..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

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


IndiaTimes - Published

Frank Anderson, Former Spy Who Supplied Afghan Insurgents, Dies at 78

He supervised operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East and oversaw a top-secret link with a high official of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
NYTimes.com - 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

Nigeria ranks 174 globally for child flourishing, survival

nigeria ranks 174 globally for child flourishing, survival
In a landmark report released by a Commission convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and The Lancet on Tuesday, Nigeria ranked 174 for performance on..
WorldNews - Published

Devices found in missiles, Yemen drones link Iran to attacks

devices found in missiles, yemen drones link iran to attacks
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen’s Houthi rebels match components..
WorldNews - Published

‘We haven't eaten for days’: Afghan soldiers suffer amid widespread corruption

"Our boots have holes in them"
France 24 - 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

Afghan election challenger Abdullah declares himself president, announces parallel government

Afghan presidential election challenger Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday contested final results that declared incumbent President Ashraf Ghani the winner of a September presidential poll, vowing to form a..
France 24 - Published

Afghanistan’s incumbent Ghani declared winner of presidential poll

afghanistan’s incumbent ghani declared winner of presidential poll
Afghanistan’s electoral body has declared incumbent President Ashraf Ghani the winner of the September 2019 presidential vote after months of a bitter dispute and delayed results. Ghani secured 50.64..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Afghanistan presidential election: Ashraf Ghani re-elected

The announcement of last September's winner was delayed due to allegations of vote-rigging.
BBC News - 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

Incumbent Ashraf Ghani confirmed winner of Afghan presidential poll after five-month delay

Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as president of Afghanistan, according to final results of the September 28, 2019 poll released Tuesday by the country's election commission.
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

election commission: afghan president ghani wins 2nd term
Afghanistan's independent election commission says President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president. The commission announced Tuesday that Ghani garnered 923,592 votes, or 50.64%, in the..
WorldNews - 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..
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

Afghanistan has its first robotic waiter – but is that a good thing?

One fast-food restaurant in Afghanistan recently made a buzz by employing a robot as a waiter. Many customers duly headed to the Times Restaurant in Kabul to see this high-end tech in action...
France 24 - Published

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

extradition of assange would set a dangerous precedent
The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison. On February 24, a court in the U.K. will hold..
WorldNews - 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..
Reuters - Published

Brain Injuries Are Common in Battle. The Military Has No Reliable Test for Them.

Traumatic brain injury is a signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the military still has no objective way of diagnosing it in the field.
NYTimes.com - Published

Today in History for February 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union's last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo..
USATODAY.com - Published

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