South & Central Asia

Delegates wearing a protective face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attend on the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 7, 2020.
US urges Afghan rivals to clear last obstacle in way of peace talks
Ayaz Gul
Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:00
A health worker performs tests after taking nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Aug. 7, 2020.
Tens of thousands of health workers on two-day strike deepen concern
Anjana Pasricha
Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:17
In this photo made from footage provided by the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, medical workers in…
Scientists warn the headlong rush could backfire
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Fri, 08/07/2020 - 04:59
Delegates wait for transportation on the first day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020…
The council of elders will determine what happens with 400 Taliban prisoners
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Fri, 08/07/2020 - 01:24
Pakistani journalists hold a demonstration to condemn the kidnaping of their colleague Matiullah Jan, in Islamabad, Pakistan,…
Country’s independent media has been gagged in recent years by bans, shutdowns, and the sacking of prominent reporters; now social media have become a target
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Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:23
FILE - A Pakistani soldier stands guard at a border fence between Pakistan and Afghanistan, at Angore Adda, Pakistan, Oct. 18, 2017.
Outlawed Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for attack that killed one soldier and injured two others
Ayaz Gul
Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:27
Medical staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits remove a dead body from a vehicle upon arrving at the Civil…
Electrical short circuit caused blaze, officials say
Anjana Pasricha
Thu, 08/06/2020 - 05:34
Patients are connected to oxygen tanks at the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, for COVID-19 patients in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 18, 2020.
Afghan officials say the survey was conducted with the help of the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University
Ayaz Gul
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:01
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the foundation-laying ceremony of a Hindu temple in Ayodhya, August 5, 2020. India…
The temple construction marks the consolidation of Hindu nationalism under the Bharatiya Janata Party   
Anjana Pasricha
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:25
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a deserted street on the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Aug. 5, 2020.
Human rights groups and residents describe a climate of fear and living in an ‘open air prison’
Ayesha Tanzeem
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:45
China's top search engine, Baidu Inc is seen on a laptop screen, (File photo).
India in June outlawed 59 Chinese apps for threatening the country's 'sovereignty and integrity,' including ByteDance's video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba's UC Browser and Xiaomi's Mi Community app
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:51
 Dozens of IS, Taliban Inmates Escape After Militants Attack Nangarhar Prison
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Afghan officials said Tuesday that dozens of Islamic State and Taliban prisoners were able to escape from a prison in eastern Nangarhar province after it was attacked by militants. IS took responsibility for the attack. VOA’s Zabiullah Ghazi reports from Jalalabad.
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 21:13
Outdoor Classes in Kashmir Combat COVID Contagion
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Students in Indian-controlled Kashmir have had a difficult year.  Authorities closed schools in August 2019 after political disturbances in the once-semi-autonomous region.  Schools opened in February but promptly closed again because of the coronavirus pandemic. As VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports, students may have found a solution to their education problem right under the sun. Produced by: Arash Arabasadi 
VOA Journalist Arash Arabasadi
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 18:13
A Kashmiri man asks for permission to proceed in his car to buy medicines, during curfew in Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 4, 2020.
A year on, there is  little semblance of normalcy in restive Himalayan valley, say analysts and rights groups
Anjana Pasricha
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:49
U.S. troops patrol at an Afghan National Army (ANA) Base in Logar province, Afghanistan August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Taliban officials say their deputy leader discussed the state of Afghan peace process with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday 
Ayaz Gul
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 08:52

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