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Gunmen kill nine tourists and guide in Northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Gunmen stormed a mountaineering base camp in northern Pakistan on Sunday and shot dead nine foreign trekkers and a Pakistani guide as they rested during an arduous climb up one of the world’s tallest peaks, police said. The night-time raid – which killed five Ukrainians, three…

Gunmen kill polio worker in Pakistan

Gunmen shot dead a female anti-polio worker in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on vaccination teams. The two attackers on a motorbike opened fire on the team as they went to administer polio drops on the edge of the city of…

Two arrested after UK fighter jet scrambles to intercept Pakistani airliner

A U.K. military fighter jet was dispatched to escort a Pakistani passenger jetliner flying from Pakistan to England on Friday. According to the Associated Press, Britain’s Minister of Defense confirmed that a military plane was launched in connection with an incident on a civilian aircraft, but would say nothing more.…

Pakistan remains opposed to drones after Obama speech

The Pakistan government Friday repeated its view that US drone strikes in its territory were illegal, after President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for their use. The US president mounted a firm defence of his covert drone war as legal and just in a major speech on counterterrorism policy…

Family of slain journalist Daniel Pearl hails Pakistani arrest

The family of slain US journalist Daniel Pearl welcomed Monday the arrest in Pakistan of a former leader of a banned militant outfit allegedly involved in his 2002 murder. Qari Abdul Hayee, popularly known as Asadullah and from Karachi’s eastern Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood, was detained in a raid on his hideout…

Traditional wrestling loses its grip on Pakistan

For decades, their practice ring honed the talent of Pakistan’s most famous wrestling family. Today, it is their graveyard, a fitting symbol of the decline of the sport in the Muslim nation. The Bholu brothers are buried next to a centuries-old Banyan tree to the side of their former ring.…

Bin Laden ‘fathered four children while on run’

Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistanafter the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP on Friday. Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the Al-Qaedaleader’s life from when he fled Afghanistan in late 2001 until his death aged 54 last May…

U.S. generals to hold first Pakistan talks for months

Visiting US generals will Wednesday hold the first talks in months with Pakistan’s army chief in a further sign that the troubled alliance between the two countries is getting back on track. The visit by General James Mattis, the head of US Central Command, and General John Allen, the US commander of NATOtroops in Afghanistan,…

Energy-starved Pakistan eyes solar power

From mosques, to homes and streets, Pakistanis are increasingly seeing the light and realising that year-round sun may be a cheap if partial answer to an enormous energy crisis. “It’s the best thing I bought this winter,” says Sardar Azam, a former civil servant retired to a river-side home in Pakistani-administered Kashmir,…

No U.S. soldiers to face charges for Pakistan strike: report

The US military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, according to The New York Times. A Pentagon investigation found late last year that both US and Pakistani troops were responsible for the exchange of fire.…

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