South & Central Asia

An Islamic State flag lies in an abandoned tent encampment after U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters took control of Baghuz, Syria, March 23, 2019.
A series of announcements by Islamic State about the creation of ‘wilayats’ renews debate over the group’s possible resurgence after its self-proclaimed caliphate fell
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July 21, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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The two leaders are scheduled to meet at the White House Monday amid strained relations between the countries
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July 21, 2019
This July 2019, photo released by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) shows its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MkIII-M1 at its launch pad in Sriharikota, an island off India's south-eastern coast. India’s space agency says…
The first launch attempt was scrubbed just under an hour before the scheduled lift-off because of what authorities described as a 'technical snag.' Local media, citing ISRO officials, said that issue was a fuel leak.
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July 21, 2019
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, an Afghan street vendor waits for customers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. In a Thursday, March 28, 2019 report the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, a U.S. watchdog, said that…
The Bank's report comes as the United States has been holding negotiations with Taliban insurgents to try to bring an end to the 18-year-old Afghan war
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July 21, 2019
Pakistani security officials examine the site of a suicide bomb attack at the entrance of a hospital in Kotlan Saidan village on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan on July 21, 2019. A female suicide bomber killed six people -…
The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the incidents in an email sent to VOA
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July 21, 2019
An election worker prepares ballot paper for a tribesman, waiting to cast his vote in a polling station during an election for provincial seats in Jamrud, a town of Khyber district, Pakistan, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Pakistan's northwestern tribal…
Pakistani election officials say 2.8 million registered voters were to choose from 285 candidates for 16 seats in legislative assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
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July 20, 2019
Flood-affected villagers travel on a boat in Gagalmari, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam,  July 19, 2019. In the Indian state of Assam, officials said floodwaters have killed more than a dozen people and brought misery to 4.5 million.
Millions of people and animals continue in three countries are hardest hit
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July 20, 2019