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Group says millions of Pakistani girls deprived of education

Nov. 13, 2018 5:54 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Millions of girls in Pakistan are still out of school, mostly because the government spends less money on education, a leading international rights group said Tuesday — a dire warning that follows Prime Minister Imran Khan's promises to offer education to all children. With a...

Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

Nov. 12, 2018 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls. President Ashraf Ghani said his administration is...

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

Nov. 12, 2018 1:09 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan released two Taliban officials on Monday during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan. Abdul Samad Sani, a U.S.-designated...

Pakistan reporter held for having 'provocative literature'

Nov. 12, 2018 9:51 AM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A defense lawyer says a journalist who was taken away by unidentified security forces over the weekend has been charged with possessing "provocative literature." Nasrullah Khan, a subeditor for a local daily in Karachi, was taken from his home early Saturday by uniformed and...

Fake images of woman acquitted of blasphemy roil Pakistan

Nov. 12, 2018 8:06 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government, already struggling with a crisis surrounding a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after eight years on death row, now has to deal with "fake" images on social media purporting to show her outside the country. The deceptive images have prompted death...

Pakistan launches another vaccination drive against polio

Nov. 12, 2018 5:00 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan has launched yet another vaccination drive against polio, trying to eradicate the crippling disease from the country. The three-day, nationwide campaign started on Monday and is aimed at vaccinating millions of children under 5 years of age. Pakistani authorities have...

India says Pakistan firing kills 2 soldiers in Kashmir

Nov. 11, 2018 10:49 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two Indian soldiers were killed when Pakistani soldiers fired along the highly militarized de facto frontier that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the Indian army said Sunday. Pakistani soldiers on Sunday targeted a forward post in Rajouri sector...

Iranian border guards kill 2, wound 3 Pakistanis

Nov. 11, 2018 8:26 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says Iranian border guards have killed two people trying to cross through an illegal route from the Panjgur district in Baluchistan. Sabir Baluch, a Baluchistan Levies Force official, says Sunday three others were wounded and taken to a Panjgur hospital. In...

Pakistan journalist detained by unidentified security forces

Nov. 11, 2018 5:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The wife of a Pakistani journalist says he was detained by unidentified security forces and has been unreachable for more than 24 hours. Nasrullah Khan's wife, Ghulam Fatima, says he was taken from their home early Saturday by armed men, some wearing uniforms, who said he would be released...

AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

Nov. 9, 2018 8:20 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country's Christians. The minority, among...