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Pakistan Suicide Bomber Kills 23

Posted November 22nd, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say a suicide bomber has killed 23 people near the capital, Islamabad. Authorities said Thursday the overnight bombing targeted a Shi’ite Muslim march in the city of Rawalpindi. The blast wounded at least 62 others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Muslim Leaders Gather in Pakistan for D-8 Summit

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Leaders from eight developing Muslim countries are gathering in Pakistan to discuss how they can increase trade and investment. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Wednesday welcomed to Islamabad delegates from Developing-8 countries. Along with Pakistan, the so-called D-8 countries include Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria, Turkey, Bangladesh and Malaysia. The summit will open Thursday and […]

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Bomb Kills 3 Soldiers in SW Pakistan

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say a bomb hit an army vehicle escorting school children Wednesday, killing at least three soldiers and wounding 16 other people. Authorities say nearly half of those wounded in the blast in the southwestern city of Quetta are in critical condition. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Quetta is […]

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Bomb Kills 3 Soldiers in SW Pakistan

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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A bomb has exploded in southwest Pakistan, killing at least three Pakistani soldiers and wounding six others. Officials say the blast Wednesday in Quetta hit an army vehicle escorting school children, and that the death toll could rise. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Quetta is the provincial capital of Baluchistan […]

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Pakistani Court Dismisses Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international outrage. The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday threw out the case against Rimsha Masih, whom neighbors accused of burning pages from the Quran in August. She was arrested and spent three weeks in jail before being […]

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Pakistani Court Dismisses Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international outrage. The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday threw out the case against Rimsha Masih, whose neighbors accused her in August of burning pages from the Quran. She was arrested and spent three weeks in jail […]

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UN Calls For Urgent Aid to Pakistan

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior United Nations relief coordinator is calling for $79 million in urgent aid for displaced communities in Pakistan. Catherine Bragg said the money is needed to help families displaced by violence in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan and those uprooted by flooding in the south. She said that as winter approaches, $196 million […]

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Female Bomber Attacks Pakistan Politician

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northwest Pakistan say a female suicide bomber has detonated her explosives near the convoy of a former leader of the country’s largest Islamist political party. Authorities say the target of the blast was Qazi Hussain Ahmad, the former head of Jamaat-e-Islami, who was unharmed in the explosion. However, at least three of the […]

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Pakistan Carries Out First Execution in 4 Years

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan has executed a former soldier convicted of murder — the first execution carried out in the country in four years. Authorities say Mohammad Hussain was hanged early Thursday in the city of Mianwali in Punjab province. Hussain was sentenced to death in 2009 for killing his senior officer. Pakistan’s army chief rejected his petition […]

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Pakistan Agrees to Release Some Afghan Taliban Prisoners

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say Pakistan has agreed to release some Afghan Taliban prisoners, a move that could help facilitate peace talks between the insurgent group and the Afghan government. Afghanistan has long sought access to the prisoners to aid the stalled peace process. Support from Pakistan, which backed the Taliban regime in the late 1990’s, is seen […]

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