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Pakistani news channels telecast live of Pakistan's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing to an opposition parties meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2020. Sharif broke a yearlong silence from exile in London to vow to oust Imran Khan from office, accusing him of only reaching power through a vote rigged by the country's powerful military. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan opposition, backed by ex-premier, to protest Khan

Sep. 21, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif broke a nearly yearlong silence from exile in London to vow to oust Imran Khan from office, accusing him of only reaching power through a vote rigged by the country's powerful military. The 70-year-old former premier offered an...

2 Pakistani soldiers killed in shootout with militants

Sep. 20, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military on Sunday said two soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants during a search operation in the country’s northwest, a former militant stronghold. The operation was conducted late Saturday in the Spalga area near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan...

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 photo, Wajiha Khanian, a female journalist from local tv channel Dawn News, interviews during protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Social media attacks against Pakistan's women journalists have been vile and vicious, some threatening rape, others even threatening death and the culprits are most often allied to the ruling party, even prompting the Committee to Protect Journalists to issue a statement on Friday condemning the relentless attacks. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Vile social media attacks target Pakistani women journalists

Sep. 18, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday condemned relentless social media attacks on women journalists in Pakistan — vicious assaults that have threatened rape and even death. The attacks often follow instances of public criticism of the ruling party, led by Prime...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Activists of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) shout slogans during a protest against the Indian army's decision to close a fake encounter case against five soldiers in connection with the killing of five Kashmiris in Pathribal in March 2000, in Srinagar, India. In a separate case, the Indian military on Friday, Sept. 18, said its soldiers in Kashmir exceeded their legal powers in the killings of three local men it had described as Pakistani terrorists on July 18, 2020. Police ordered an investigation into the accusation of a staged gunbattle, and the results have not yet been released. The results of the police probe are likely to spark an outcry among Kashmiri activists who for years have accused Indian troops of abusing their powers and repeatedly targeting civilians. Placard at background right reads,

Indian military admits wrongdoing in 3 Kashmir killings

Sep. 18, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In a rare admission of wrongdoing, the Indian military on Friday said its soldiers in Kashmir exceeded their legal powers in the killings of three local men it had described as Pakistani terrorists. Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman, said police are investigating whether...

FILE - In this March 18, 2017 file photo, local officials visit the gold and copper mine site, in Reko Diq district in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province.  Pakistani officials say on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020,  an international tribunal has granted it a stay pending a final decision on a $5.8 billion penalty. The fine was imposed for denying a mining lease to an Australian company. (AP Photo/Naseem James, File)

Int'l tribunal stays $5.8B fine on Pakistan in mining case

Sep. 18, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international tribunal granted a stay pending a final decision on a $5.8 billion penalty imposed on Pakistan for denying a mining lease to an Australian company, an adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Friday. Pakistan had appealed the penalty imposed by the World Bank’s...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

A Kashmiri man shouts freedom slogans as a police officer looks from a distance after a gun battle in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The gunfight erupted shortly after scores of counterinsurgency police and soldiers launched an operation based on a tip about the presence of militants in a Srinagar neighborhood, Pankaj Singh, an Indian paramilitary spokesman, said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Woman, 3 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

Sep. 17, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three suspected rebels and a 45-year-old woman were killed Thursday during a gunbattle between government forces and anti-India rebels in disputed Kashmir, officials said, triggering anti-India protests and clashes in the region's main city. The gunfight erupted shortly after scores...

India says Pakistan shelling kills 1 soldier in Kashmir

Sep. 16, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers barraged each other with mortar shells and gunfire along the highly militarized frontier in Kashmir, killing an Indian soldier and wounding two others, an official said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesperson, said three soldiers...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves after appearing in a court in Lahore, Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020 warned the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return home by Sept. 10 to face a corruption hearing or risk being declared a fugitive from justice. Sharif has been in London since authorities last November released him so he could travel and seek medical treatment abroad. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant for former PM Sharif

Sep. 15, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top court in Pakistan on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after he failed to return home to appear before judges to face corruption charges. The development came after the Islamabad High Court earlier this month gave the...