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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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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..

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Afghanistan, Taliban pave way for further peace talks [Video]

Afghanistan, Taliban pave way for further peace talks

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At least 31 Afghan soldiers killed in suicide bombing [Video]

At least 31 Afghan soldiers killed in suicide bombing

Local health officials say another 24 were injured in one of the country's worst attacks in recent months.

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US troops withdrawal: Afghan forces try to maintain calm in Achin [Video]

US troops withdrawal: Afghan forces try to maintain calm in Achin

NATO has suggested ISIL remains a concern in Afghanistan and has promised to support the Afghan forces for the next four years.

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'We want justice': Indian-Americans protest against Pakistan on 26/11 anniversary [Video]

'We want justice': Indian-Americans protest against Pakistan on 26/11 anniversary

A group of Indian-Americans and other community organisations held a memorial gathering outside the Capitol Hill for the victims of the deadly 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. A truck with a billboard,..

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Why is the EU pledging €1.2 billion to Afghanistan? [Video]

Why is the EU pledging €1.2 billion to Afghanistan?

The EU has pledged €1.2 billion to Afghanistan over the next five years. But why and what does the bloc gain?View on euronews

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Afghan migrant shocked by French police beating [Video]

Afghan migrant shocked by French police beating

An Afghan migrant who made his way across several countries including Pakistan and Iran to reach what he thought was sanctuary in France expressed his shock at being beaten by French police. Adam Reed..

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Military dog receives animal equivalent of Victoria Cross [Video]

Military dog receives animal equivalent of Victoria Cross

A military dog, who saved the lives of British soldiers in Afghanistan has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. Kuno the Belgian shepherd was injured in action while tackling an..

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Donors pledge billions to Afghanistan, but with strings attached [Video]

Donors pledge billions to Afghanistan, but with strings attached

Many countries impose restrictions over pledged funds pending on progress in talks between the Taliban and the government, among others.

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‘Why no surgical strike on Chinese forces in Ladakh?’ Owaisi counters BJP [Video]

‘Why no surgical strike on Chinese forces in Ladakh?’ Owaisi counters BJP

AIMIM Leader Asaduddin Owaisi has lashed out at the BJP over am party leader’s remark on conducting ‘surgical strikes’ in Old Hyderabad to weed out Rohingyas and nationals from Afghanistan and..

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‘Peace process must be Afghan-led, owned & controlled…’: S Jaishankar [Video]

‘Peace process must be Afghan-led, owned & controlled…’: S Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called for an immediate ceasefire to stop violence in Afghanistan. While speaking at the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, Jaishankar said that peace process must be..

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Owaisi hits back at Telangana BJP Prez over latter's 'surgical strike in old Hyderabad' remark [Video]

Owaisi hits back at Telangana BJP Prez over latter's 'surgical strike in old Hyderabad' remark

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on November 24 hit back at Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bandi Sanjay on his remark, saying, "We will do a..

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Afghan president calls for support but donors likely to cut aid [Video]

Afghan president calls for support but donors likely to cut aid

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Afghanistan aid conference: UN urges actions amid soaring hunger crisis, violence [Video]

Afghanistan aid conference: UN urges actions amid soaring hunger crisis, violence

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'Shocking': Police criticised over dismantling of Paris migrant camp [Video]

'Shocking': Police criticised over dismantling of Paris migrant camp

"They are too violent," sobbed Shahbuddin, a 34-year-old Afghan as he put a grey beanie back on his head after being forced out of his tent. "We just want a roof."View on euronews

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India has invested heavily in peace, development of Afghanistan: S Jaishankar [Video]

India has invested heavily in peace, development of Afghanistan: S Jaishankar

While attending Afghanistan 2020 Conference via video conferencing, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on November 24 said, "India has invested heavily in Afghanistan. No part of Afghanistan is..

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Afghanistan war: More than 26,000 children killed or maimed since 2005 [Video]

Afghanistan war: More than 26,000 children killed or maimed since 2005

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Afghanistan: Drop in funding hits efforts to fight child malnutrition [Video]

Afghanistan: Drop in funding hits efforts to fight child malnutrition

World leaders are due to meet virtually to decide how much international aid Afghanistan will receive over the next four years.

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Afghanistan attacks :  'Islamic state' group claims latest violence [Video]

Afghanistan attacks : 'Islamic state' group claims latest violence

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 06:00Published
Kabul attack: Several killed in rocket attacks on residential areas in Afghan capital [Video]

Kabul attack: Several killed in rocket attacks on residential areas in Afghan capital

At least eight people have been killed and scores of buildings damaged in a barrage of rocket fire in the latest wave of violence in the Afghan capital.View on euronews

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PM Morrison slams 'repugnant' Chinese post

China and Russia have condemned allegations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan, claiming special forces accused of crimes won't be held accountable.
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Defence 'launches administrative action' against serving SAS soldiers following report into alleged war crimes

Several Australian Defence Force personnel who were implicated in a report into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan have reportedly received "show cause" notices.
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Scott Morrison condemns alleged war crimes in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described a report into alleged war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan as "disturbing", but said the allegations must be dealt with by the..
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This man complained about Afghans being tortured and killed. Now, he feels vindicated.

Adelaide resident Abdul Ghafar Stanikzai was the person who would forward complaints from Afghans in remote villages of Afghanistan's Uruzghan province to the Australian Defence Force stationed there.
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Alleged war crimes in Afghanistan are more widespread than what’s been uncovered so far, Afghan witnesses say

Australian Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell has also conceded it's a 'possibility' there were more killings and incidents than what's been revealed.
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Rudd 'disgusted' over Afghanistan report

As civilian and military officials weigh up how to respond to a major report into Afghanistan war crimes, Kevin Rudd has expressed disgust at its revelations.
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The expert whose work sparked the Afghan war crimes report says the alleged conduct is 'unbelievable’

The major inquiry was triggered by work conducted by military sociologist Dr Samantha Crompvoets, who was asked to review the culture of special forces before she began to hear about potential..
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Call for justice as the findings of the Afghanistan inquiry are released

Australia had been warned to brace itself but the findings of the Afghanistan inquiry still shocked the nation. From the victims to the defence force there's now a call for justice but there are..
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The main takeaways from the Afghan war crimes report and what will happen next

The four-year inquiry has alleged grave misconduct by Australian SAS soldiers purveyed by a culture of secrecy and lawlessness.
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25 Australian defence personnel involved in the 'unlawful killings' of 39 Afghan civilians, report alleges

The report examining the conduct of Australian Special Forces during the war in Afghanistan was released by the Defence Chief General Angus Campbell on Thursday.
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39 Afghan civilians were 'unlawfully killed' by 25 Australian defence personnel, report alleges

The report examining the conduct of Australian Special Forces during the war in Afghanistan was released by the Defence Chief General Angus Campbell on Thursday.
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Defence Force chief apologises to the Afghan people after 'unlawful killings' of Afghans confirmed

The Chief of the Australian Defence Force Angus Campbell has offered a "sincere and unreserved" apology to the Afghan people after a long-awaited report into the conduct of Australian Special Forces..
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The PM has warned Australians about 'the Afghan report'. Today it's been released

A much-anticipated report into alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers overseas is expected to be released to the public on Thursday, with Afghanistan calling for an apology. Here's why it is so..
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Aust soldiers accused of 39 Afghan murders

A major report into alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan has found credible evidence of dozens of unlawful killings and cruel treatment.
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Afghanistan's president says Australia has 'extended apologies' as war crimes report is due for release

The phone call comes ahead of today's scheduled release of an inquiry into the conduct of Australia's special forces during the war in Afghanistan.
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Special investigator to prosecute alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a special investigator and inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by Australian defense personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.
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Defence chief handed report into alleged Afghanistan war crimes by Australian troops

Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell has been handed a report into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces troops in Afghanistan.
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Scott Morrison wants Afghan killer of three Australian soldiers kept behind bars

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants a rogue Afghan soldier who murdered three Australians in 2012 to remain behind bars.
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PM wants Afghan killer kept behind bars

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants a rogue Afghan soldier who murdered three Australians in 2012 to remain behind bars.
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Reluctance to free 'most dangerous' Taliban prisoners slows Afghan peace talks: sources

Western powers are backing the Afghan government's refusal to free hundreds of prisoners accused of some of Afghanistan's most violent attacks, a release demanded by the Taliban as a condition to start..
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Exclusive: U.S. senators ask Pentagon if $1 billion in Afghan aid was cut

Two Democratic senators on Monday asked U.S. Defense Secretary Mike Esper what happened to $1 billion in aid for Afghanistan the Trump administration said it would cut nearly three months ago,..
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Afghan government, Taliban agree to Doha as venue for first peace talks

Afghanistan's government and the Islamist Taliban group have agreed that Doha will be the venue for the first meeting in their peace talks, both sides said on Sunday.
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Four killed, eight wounded in blast at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and wounded eight, Afghanistan's interior ministry said on Friday, at a time when the country is attempting to move towards..
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Four killed and "many injured" in blast in Kabul mosque: Ministry of Interior

A blast in a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed at least four people and wounded many more, Afghanistan's interior ministry said on Friday.
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Pompeo on ICC: U.S. won't be threatened by 'kangaroo court'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that Washington would not allow Americans to be threatened by "a kangaroo court," after President Donald Trump authorized sanctions against an..
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Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC Afghanistan war crimes case

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against individuals involved in an International Criminal Court investigation into whether U.S. forces committed..
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Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

Talks to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan may begin this month, sources said on Monday, a day after the U.S. special envoy visited the capital of neighbouring Pakistan and met Taliban..
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Afghans condemn Iranian police after refugees killed in car blaze

Afghans have taken to social media to denounce Iranian police after a video of a car carrying with Afghan refugees set ablaze in Iran went viral, arousing new anger weeks after Afghan officials accused..
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U.S. forces conduct airstrikes on Taliban in Afghanistan

American forces conducted two airstrikes on Taliban fighters to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security forces, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, in a move that..
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Afghans condemn killing of prominent cleric in mosque blast

Afghan leaders and ordinary citizens condemned on Wednesday the killing of a prominent cleric in a bomb attack at a mosque in the heavily fortified diplomatic quarter of the capital, Kabul.
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Afghan testing lapse suggests growing and hidden coronavirus crisis

Fewer than one in 10 of coronavirus test samples collected daily in Afghanistan are being processed, officials said on Tuesday, and of those more than 30% are consistently testing positive, suggesting..
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Khalilzad sounds upbeat note on chances for intra-Afghan peace talks

Recent prisoner releases and a relatively low level of violence may bode well for the start of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan..
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Afghan journalist, technician at state-run channel killed in blast

A journalist and a technician were killed and at least seven people were wounded when a private bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station was bombed in Kabul on Saturday, the channel's..
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Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommenced in Afghanistan in the day since a three-day ceasefire expired, but government officials said on Thursday that the incidents..
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Exclusive: U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan down to close to 8,600 ahead of schedule - sources

U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is down to nearly 8,600, well ahead of a schedule agreed with Taliban militants in late February, in part because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus,..
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Exclusive: U.S. ahead of schedule in cutting Afghanistan troop strength - sources

U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is down to nearly 8,600, well ahead of a schedule agreed with Taliban militants in late February, in part because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus,..
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Trump says wants full Afghanistan pullout but hasn't set target date

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday renewed his desire for a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan but added that he had not set a target date, amid speculation he might make ending America's..
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Afghanistan begins freeing 900 Taliban prisoners, urges truce extension

The Afghan government said it was in the process of freeing 900 Taliban members from prison on Tuesday, the biggest such release yet, and urged the insurgent group to extend a three-day ceasefire set..
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Afghan government will free 900 Taliban prisoners Tuesday: Afghan official

The Afghan government urged the Taliban to extend a three-day ceasefire which is due to end on Tuesday night and also announced that it would release 900 prisoners from the insurgent group on Tuesday.
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Taliban, Afghan president declare three-day Eid ceasefire from Sunday

The Taliban declared a three-day Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan starting Sunday, via a tweet on Saturday from the hardline Islamist group, and the country's president said the government would..
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U.S. envoy in Afghan peace shuttle demands reduction in violence

The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan has demanded that all sides reduce violence, he said on Thursday, after shuttling from Kabul to the Gulf to push a peace effort that looks increasingly..
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Exclusive: U.S. has not cut Afghan security funds despite Pompeo vow of immediate slash - sources

The U.S. Defense Department has not withheld $1 billion in funding from Afghan security forces despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's vow on March 23 to cut that sum "immediately", five sources..
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The United States' special envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his former rival Abdullah Abdullah, to discuss progress towards a peace deal with the insurgent..
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