Afghanistan's arts and architecture were once the pride of Asia. However, more than four decades of war have left many of the country’s traditional crafts on the verge of extinction. Now a Britain-based organization, Turquoise Mountain, is working to preserve Afghan heritage in the capital’s still surviving commercial district, Murad Khani. VOA Deewa service’s Munaza Shaheed reports from a recent trip to Kabul.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling to Indonesia and Vietnam - two countries that have taken a bolder stance than others against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The trip comes as the Pentagon refocuses its priorities on what it calls the "great power competition" with China and Russia. More from VOA's Bill Gallo, who is traveling with the secretary.