Pakistan

Accused Russian Taliban depicted in U.S. court as assault mastermind

RICHMOND, Va. - Accused Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin, the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court, was portrayed by prosecutors and testimony Friday as the commander behind an attack on U.S. and Afghan forces six years ago near the Pakistan border.

Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed. | Video

Afghanistan, World 30 Jul 2015

Punjab gunmen expose India's soft border ahead of Pakistan talks

DINANAGAR, India/NEW DELHI - Three men carrying assault rifles, bombs and a rocket launcher who went on a murderous rampage in a small Punjab farm town this week have shown how vulnerable India is to attacks that challenge tentative peace overtures with neighbor Pakistan.

29 Jul 2015

Pakistan police kill leader of banned sectarian group

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy as he was being moved, police said. | Video

29 Jul 2015

Gunmen who carried out India's Punjab attack were Muslim: police

DINANAGAR, India - Three gunmen who fought a 12-hour battle on Monday near the Pakistan border were Muslim, the Punjab police chief said on Tuesday, contradicting speculation that the attack may have been carried out by Sikh separatists.

28 Jul 2015

Nine killed in day-long Indian gun battle near Pakistani border

DINANAGAR, India - Indian police overcame a group of gunmen dressed in military fatigues on Monday after a 12-hour battle that ended in a small-town police station near the border with Pakistan, and at least nine people were killed. | Video

27 Jul 2015

Militants in minority in Pakistan execution drive, deterrent effect debated

ISLAMABAD - When Pakistan resumed executions after the massacre of 134 pupils at an army-run school last December, the government promised hangings would help deter Islamist militants.

26 Jul 2015

Taliban seize Afghan police base, push closer to strategic pass

KABUL - Taliban militants have captured a large police base in northeast Afghanistan, forcing the mass surrender of more than a hundred policemen and pushing closer to a strategic pass at the border with Pakistan, local officials and security sources said on Sunday.

Deadly flash floods in Pakistan damage roads and crops

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Flash flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains has killed at least 28 in Pakistan and affected hundreds of thousands of people, according to aid agencies, with further downpours expected in the coming days.

World, Natural Disasters 24 Jul 2015

Militant group disowns faction; more attacks in Indian Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan/SRINAGAR, India - A Pakistan-based militant group has disowned a splinter faction suspected of a string of killings in Indian-occupied Kashmir, with the rebuke followed swiftly on Friday by a string of attacks on telecoms facilities in the state's main city.

24 Jul 2015