The worst earthquake to hit Afghanistan in 20 years has left at least 1,000 killed with more than 600 injured and an unknown number missing. Shaking was felt by about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, officials said.

Mounting a rescue operation will prove a major test for the hard-line Islamist Taliban authorities, who took over the country last August after two decades of war and have been cut off from much international assistance because of sanctions.



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