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Protests against Quran burning held across the Middle East

Jan. 27, 2023 10:32 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Protests were held Friday in several predominantly Muslim countries to denounce the recent desecration of Islam’s holy book by far-right activists in Sweden and the Netherlands. The protests in countries including Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon ended with people...

Pakistan arrests senior leader from ex-PM Imran Khan's party

Jan. 25, 2023 14:06 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police in Pakistan early Wednesday arrested a senior leader of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party on charges of threatening the chief of the elections oversight body and other government officials. The arrest of Fawad Chaudhry, an outspoken...

Pakistan acquits all policemen in killing of aspiring model

Jan. 23, 2023 07:25 AM EST

KARACHI (AP) — A Pakistani court on Monday acquitted a retired senior police officer and 17 others, mostly policemen still serving on the force, in the 2018 killing of a 27-year-old aspiring model. The young man, Naqeeb Ullah, was killed under suspicious circumstances, in what...

UN says Taliban divided on appeal to restore women's rights

Jan. 20, 2023 19:01 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A delegation led by the highest-ranking woman at the United Nations urged the Taliban during a four-day visit to Afghanistan that ended Friday to reverse their crackdown on women and girls. Some Taliban officials were more open to restoring women’s rights but others were...

Bombing derails passenger train in SW Pakistan, injures 15

Jan. 20, 2023 09:44 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb planted by suspected militants derailed a passenger train in a remote area in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, injuring at least 15 people on board, officials said. A separatist group later claimed responsibility. The train was passing through the...

Pakistan reporter accused of leaking tax data gets bail

Jan. 18, 2023 13:59 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court Wednesday granted bail to a veteran journalist after he was arrested by federal investigators in the eastern city of Lahore, his news channel said. He was suspected of leaking tax details of the country's former army chief and his family. The...

UN's top woman in Afghanistan for talks on Taliban crackdown

Jan. 17, 2023 16:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman in the United Nations arrived in Kabul on Tuesday at the head of a delegation promoting the rights of women and girls, a response to the recent crackdown by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, a...

Pakistan launches anti-polio drive targeting 44M children

Jan. 15, 2023 09:14 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Sunday launched its first anti-polio campaign of the year, targeting 44.2 million children under the age of five. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world where polio continues to threaten the health and well-being of children....

Pakistani police: Militants kill officer near Afghan border

Jan. 07, 2023 08:11 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Militants opened fire on a security van killing a policeman Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, a region bordering Afghanistan where violence has spiked in recent months, local police said. A search was underway to find the attackers who fled the scene in...

Pakistan unsure flood aid conference to translate into funds

Jan. 05, 2023 13:17 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials were increasingly concerned Thursday whether next week's U.N.-backed conference will succeed in raising the billions of dollars needed to help survivors and launch reconstruction efforts following last summer's devastating floods. Authorities...