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Faisal Siddiqi, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Lawyer for Daniel Pearl's family faces uphill legal fight

Jan. 15, 2021 5:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl faces an uphill battle to overturn the acquittal of a British-born man convicted in the 2002 murder. That's because the prosecutor in the original case tried all four men — including Ahmed Omar Saeed...

People are silhouetted on vehicle's headlights on a dark street during widespread power outages in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Pakistan's national power grid experienced a major breakdown late night on Saturday, leaving millions of people in darkness, local media reported. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Minister: Massive power outage leaves Pakistan in the dark

Jan. 10, 2021 1:34 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A major technical fault in Pakistan's power generation and distribution system caused a massive power outage that plunged the country into darkness overnight, the energy minister said. Hours after the late Saturday outage, Energy Minister Omar Ayub said on Twitter that power was being...

Members of a civil society hold a candle light vigil for coal mine workers killed by gunmen near the Machh coal field, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Pakistan's minority Shiites continued their sit-in for a fourth straight day insisting they will bury their dead only when Prime Minister Imran Khan personally visits them to assure protection. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani Shiites continue sit-in over killing of 11 miners

Jan. 6, 2021 11:31 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of minority Shiites continued a sit-in for a fourth straight day Wednesday in southwestern Pakistan to protest the killing of 11 Shiite Hazara coal miners by the Islamic State group. Despite Prime Minister Imran Khan's request that the miners be buried, family members...

Mehmood A. Sheikh, center, defense lawyer for British-born Pakistani Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Daniel Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Mehmood A. Sheikh, the lawyer for Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Lawyer seeks to free man acquitted in Daniel Pearl's killing

Jan. 6, 2021 6:27 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The lawyer for a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl said Wednesday that he will petition the Supreme Court to free his client. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the key suspect in Pearl’s slaying, remains in custody in a jail...

Members of Pakistan Hindu Council hold a protest against the attack on a Hindu temple in the northwestern town of Karak, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Pakistani police arrested 14 people in overnight raids after a Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said. The temple's destruction Wednesday in the northwestern town of Karak drew condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu community. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan arrests 31 people over demolishing of Hindu temple

Dec. 31, 2020 1:10 PM EST

PESHAWAR, pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police arrested at least 31 people in overnight raids after a Hindu temple was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a radical Islamist party, officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, dozens of Hindus rallied in the southern port city of...

FILE - In this March 29, 2002 file photo, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-slaying, appears at the court in Karachi, Pakistan. The U.S. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, warned it won't allow the Pakistani Sheikh to evade justice after a provincial Pakistani court ordered his release. (AP Photo/Zia Mazhar, File)

US says it won't allow Pearl murder suspect to evade justice

Dec. 30, 2020 10:07 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. warned Wednesday it won’t allow a Pakistani man who was convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl to evade justice after a provincial court in Pakistan ordered his release. The warning from acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey...

Police officers escort Arzoo Raja, background center, after her appearance in Sindh High Court, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov. 3, 2020. Raja was 13 when she disappeared from her home in central Karachi. The Christian girl’s parents reported her missing and pleaded with police to find her. Two days later, officers reported back that she had been converted to Islam and was married to their 40-year-old Muslim neighbor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Each year, 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

Dec. 28, 2020 7:30 PM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Neha loved the hymns that filled her church with music. But she lost the chance to sing them last year when, at the age of 14, she was forcibly converted from Christianity to Islam and married to a 45-year-old man with children twice her age. She tells her story in a voice so low...

FILE- In this March 29, 2002 file photo, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the alleged mastermind behind Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnap-slaying, appears at the court in Karachi, Pakistan. On Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, a provincial court in Pakistan overturned a Supreme Court Decision that Sheikh should remain in custody during an appeal of his acquittal on charges he murdered Pearl. (AP Photo/Zia Mazhar, File)

Court orders release of man charged in Daniel Pearl killing

Dec. 24, 2020 9:41 PM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A provincial court in Pakistan ordered the release of a British-born Pakistani man charged in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The Sindh High Court’s release order Thursday overturns government detention orders that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the key...

Nurse Banu Mufale administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to physical therapist Becca Mamrol on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The hospital, Alaska's largest, plans to vaccinate 485 people this week. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Alaska reports 2nd adverse reaction to vaccine

Dec. 16, 2020 11:31 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Health officials in Alaska have reported that a second health care worker had an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau says the two workers showed adverse reactions about 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine and were treated. One received the vaccine...

EU extends ban on Pakistan's airline from flying to Europe

Dec. 4, 2020 10:51 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The European Union’s aviation safety agency has extended a ban imposed on Pakistan's state-run airline this year barring it from flying to Europe after a plane crash that killed 97 people in the port city of Karachi, a spokesman said Friday. At the time — and while the probe...