Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, wrecked by decades of conflict which led to the rise of the Islamist fundamentalist movement, the Taliban.
Despite the fall of the Taliban after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the security situation remains tense as extremists continue to stage regular attacks.
A team of six girls from Afghanistan is attending at the first international robotics competition in Washington. Twice the high school girls had clearing visa obstacles that prompted intervention from President Trump. But now, they take part in the competition which encourages youths to pursue careers in math and science.
The US is aiming to impose aid restrictions on Pakistan. In an interview with DW, analyst Michael Kugelman says if there's one US administration likely to take a hard line against Pakistan, it's the Trump administration.