Afghanistan

Area Total 652,230 sq km
Climate arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers
Natural Resources natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chromite, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, precious and semiprecious stones, arable land
Imports China 21%, Iran 20.5%, Pakistan 11.8%, Kazakhstan 11%, Uzbekistan 6.8%, Malaysia 5.3% (2017) – machinery and other capital goods, food, textiles, petroleum products
Exports India 56.5%, Pakistan 29.6% (2017) – opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton, hides and pelts, precious and semi-precious gems, and medical herbs
Government presidential Islamic republic
Capital Kabul
Population 34,940,837 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, other (includes smaller numbers of Baloch, Turkmen, Nuristani, Pamiri, Arab, Gujar, Brahui, Qizilbash, Aimaq, Pashai, and Kyrghyz) (2015)
Language Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 77% (Dari functions as the lingua franca), Pashto (official) 48%, Uzbek 11%, English 6%, Turkmen 3%, Urdu 3%, Pashayi 1%, Nuristani 1%, Arabic 1%, Balochi 1% (2017 est.)

News about Afghanistan

  • Asian Development Bank grants USD 405 mn to Afghanistan as humanitarian support
    on January 26, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], January 26 (ANI): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday approved USD 405 million in grants to Afghanistan as part of immediate humanitarian support in response to the unprecedented crisis in the country. ADB granted the amount to support food security and help sustain the delivery of essential health and education services for the […]

  • Expert draws parallels between China and Taliban as Xi destroying Tibetan culture - International
    on January 26, 2022

    Expert draws parallels between China and Taliban as Xi destroying Tibetan culture Devdiscourse

  • Netherlands pacer Kingma found guilty of ball tampering, suspended for four matches
    on January 26, 2022

    Doha [Qatar], January 26 (ANI): Netherlands fast bowler Vivian Kingma has been suspended for four ODIs/T20Is for breaching Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League series against Afghanistan in Doha on Tuesday. Kingma was found to have breached article 2.14 of the ICC Code of Conduct for […]

  • Women hold protest in Kabul, demand release of assets, recognition of Taliban govt by global community
    on January 26, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], January 26 (ANI): Women staged a protest in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul and called for the release of the central bank's assets, local media reported on Wednesday. The women protesters also urged for the recognition of the Islamic Emirate by the international community. "Women held a protest in Kabul on Wednesday and called for the […]

  • Biden To Meet With Qatari Leader Amid Energy Worries In Europe
    on January 26, 2022

    U.S. President Joe Biden will receive the ruler of Qatar at the White House on January 26, amid discussions between Washington and its European allies on how to meet Europe's energy needs if Russian supplies diminish in case Moscow invades Ukraine.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani planned to discuss Middle […]

  • Afghan authorities continue assisting needy families: official
    on January 26, 2022

    KABUL, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- About 1,000 poor and needy Afghan women received relief assistance in the capital Kabul on Wednesday as the Taliban-led government and aid agencies redoubled efforts to help destitute families in winter, an official said. Some 1,000 women, including dozens of widows, received assistance packages on Wednesday. The women came from […]

  • India celebrates Republic Day with military parade curtailed amid Covid wave
    by Via AP news wire on January 26, 2022

    Thousands of people braved a morning chill on a ceremonial boulevard in India's capital to watch a display of the country's military power and cultural diversity, but the colourful annual Republic Day spectacle was curtailed amid Covid-19

  • Iran, Qatar Weigh Plans to Ensure Regional Peace
    on January 26, 2022

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The foreign ministers of Iran and Qatar talked about mutual cooperation to protect peace and stability in the region. - Politics news - In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani discussed a range of issues.Exchanging […]

  • 50 tons of honey harvested in Afghanistan's Baghlan
    on January 26, 2022

    KABUL, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Farmers and bee owners have collected more than 50 tons of honey in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, the state-run news agency Bakhtar reported Wednesday. The major part of the natural treasure has been collected from the central Baghlan-e-Markazi district, the news agency said. With flower gardens and jungles, the central […]

  • Lives of LGBTQ+ Afghans ‘dramatically worse’ under Taliban rule, finds survey
    by Ruchi Kumar on January 26, 2022

    Human Rights Watch reports cases of mob attacks, gang-rape and death threats, with LGBTQ+ people living in fear and unable to fleeThe lives of LGBTQ+ people in Afghanistan have “dramatically worsened” under Taliban rule, according to a new survey, which highlights cases of violence, gang-rape and death threats since the group seized power last year.The […]

  • Norway Defends Hosting Talks with Afghan Taliban
    on January 26, 2022

    ISLAMBAD - Norway Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere has described as 'serious" and "genuine' the talks his country hosted this week between the Taliban and Afghan civil society activists as well as Western diplomats regarding the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.The three-day talks concluded Tuesday amid protests and criticism, particularly from Afghan […]

  • Taliban returns to its old ways: Thinktank
    on January 26, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], January 26 (ANI): Taliban has jailed a popular professor at Kabul University for criticizing the outfit, shot at women opposing restrictions on their rights, and publicly given Afghan males haircuts for the New Year, reported a Canada-based Thinktank, International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS). The recent arrest of a prominent […]

  • After US withdrawal, terror in Afghanistan-Pakistan back as bigger 'threat'
    on January 26, 2022

    Islamabad [Pakistan], January 26 (ANI): After the US withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan last year, the country is holding a dangerous position of being the "world's premier terrorist hub", as Islamist terrorism finds shelter in the country and poses threat to its neighbouring nations including Pakistan, China and Iran. According to Islam Khabar, the return […]

  • UN: More than 50 million people affected by urban conflicts
    by Via AP news wire on January 26, 2022

    The United Nations chief says more than 50 million people are currently affected by conflict in urban areas from Afghanistan to Libya, Syria, Yemen and beyond where they face a much higher risk of being killed or injured

  • PM Modi to host first India-Central Asia meet virtually on Thursday
    on January 26, 2022

    New Delhi [India], January 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the first-ever meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit in a virtual format on Thursday. The virtual event will see the participation of Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This will be the first engagement of its kind between India […]

  • US Bank Freezes Accounts of Afghanistan's US Embassy
    on January 26, 2022

    Diplomats of the former Afghan government who have held on to their jobs in the U.S. are grappling with a new problem: their official bank accounts have been suspended.Two senior Afghan diplomats, who did not want to be named because the issue is under discussion with U.S. officials, confirmed to VOA that the Citibank accounts of the embassy in Washington […]

  • Biden's big test: Proving he can rally allies against Putin
    by Via AP news wire on January 26, 2022

    President Joe Biden’s effort to rally support  ahead of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine is the latest big test of his ability to bridge ideological gaps and balance competing interests to build effective coalitions

  • Former police chief of Afghan's Ghor district shot dead
    on January 26, 2022

    Herat [Afghanistan], January 25 (ANI): Habib-u-Rahman Malikzada, former police chief of Tiora district of Ghor province was gun downed by unknown assailants in western Herat province on Tuesday. According to his relatives, Malikzada was shot close to the entrance of his house in PD1 of Herat city on Tuesday morning, as reported by Ariana News. Sabir Herawi, […]

  • Afghanistan's health system 'seriously under threat': WHO
    on January 25, 2022

    Kabul [Afghanistan], January 26 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said fundamental and life-saving primary health care services in Afghanistan are under severe threat due to a lack of external funding since the change of regime in August 2021. "Today, the population's health is seriously under threat. All the progress in health outcomes may be […]

  • UNSC to convene meeting on Afghanistan today
    on January 25, 2022

    New York [US], January 26 (ANI): The United States Security Council (UNSC) is set to hold a meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. UN Secretary-General Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons and Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt will brief Security Council on the ongoing developments […]

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