A powerful earthquake has killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan.

The country's Taliban government appealed for international help for the rescue effort in the province of Paktika.

Hundreds of houses were destroyed. It is the deadliest earthquake to strike Afghanistan in two decades and a major challenge for the Taliban, the Islamist movement which regained power last year after the Western-backed government collapsed.

The earthquake struck about 44km from the city of Khost and tremors were felt as far away as Pakistan and India.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Secunder Kermani in Afghanistan and world affairs correspondent Caroline Hawley.

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