A tumultuous year in Afghanistan is ending with a renewed push and newfound hopes that the start of a dialogue with the Taliban may be in sight. The U.S. increased its air campaign in the country, leading to a rise in civilian casualties, but the Taliban gained territory. U.S. generals think Afghan military's losses are unsustainable. Ayesha Tanzeem looks at the ups and downs of Afghanistan in 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering cutting in half the number of American troops in Afghanistan in coming weeks. The move, not yet confirmed by the U.S. administration, has shocked officials in the war-ravaged country and around region. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
About 4,000 Jews live in Mumbai today compared to nearly 30,000 in the 1940s. One Muslim tombstone engraver specializes in carving writings in Hebrew to help members of the Jewish community continue to honor their dead. VOA's Ritul Joshi caught up with Mohammad Yasin.