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Clashes as hardliners demand missing Pakistanis face blasphemy charge

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KARACHI Hardline religious protesters threw stones at supporters of five missing Pakistani activists on Thursday and demanded that police charge the missing men under a blasphemy law that carries a mandatory death sentence.

Taliban seeks to reassure UAE over Afghanistan attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban has sought to reassure the United Arab Emirates that it was not behind an attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed five UAE diplomats and injured the ambassador, senior Taliban officials said on Thursday.

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Pakistani forces kill leader of banned sectarian militant group

LAHORE, Pakistan Pakistani security forces said on Wednesday they had killed the leader of the banned Sunni Muslim militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) along with three other militants accused of killing hundreds of civilians.

Jan 18 2017
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Missing Pakistani activists' families decry blasphemy allegations

ISLAMABAD Families and supporters of five missing Pakistani activists on Wednesday denounced what they called a campaign to accuse the men of blasphemy, a highly charged allegation that could endanger their lives were they to reappear.

Jan 18 2017
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Aid groups need $550 million to confront worsening Afghan crisis: U.N.

KABUL International aid groups needs more than a half a billion dollars this year to help millions of Afghans struggling with increased violence and a bleak economy, as a humanitarian crisis worsens, a senior U.N. official told Reuters.

Jan 18 2017

Iran's Zarif wants cooperation with Saudi over Syria and Yemen

DAVOS, Switzerland Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

Jan 18 2017
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Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan and had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State. | Video

Jan 17 2017

Pakistani mother sentenced to death for burning daughter alive in 'honor killing'

LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A court in Pakistan sentenced a mother to death on Monday for burning her daughter alive as punishment for marrying without the family's consent.

Jan 16 2017

Pakistan villagers attack convoy of Qatar royal hunting rare bird

QUETTA, Pakistan/DOHA A group of Pakistani villagers brandishing guns and knives attacked the convoy of a Qatar royal family member on an expedition to hunt the houbara bustard, a rare bird whose meat is prized by Arab sheikhs, officials said on Monday.

Jan 16 2017

Used to whizzing bullets, Kashmir border farmers now hit by drought

KEERNI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The past three decades have not been kind to the residents of Keerni.

Jan 16 2017