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Faisal Siddiqi, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter for the Wall Street Journal who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan, talks to journalists after an appeal hearing in the case, at the Supreme Court, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. In a dramatic turn of events, Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheik, a man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl admitted a

Pakistani suspect admits to role in Daniel Pearl’s beheading

Jan. 27, 2021 9:59 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — After 18 years of denial, the Pakistani suspect convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl has told a court he played a “minor" role in the killing, the Pearl family lawyer said Wednesday. A letter handwritten by Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2020, file photo, supporters of Baloch political activist Karima Baloch hold here portrait during a demonstration to condemn her killing, in Karachi, Pakistan. Baloch, who died in exile in Canada last month, was brought home and laid to rest in her home village in the southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security, activists said Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

Group: Pakistani Baloch dissident buried amid high security

Jan. 25, 2021 8:25 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani dissident and civil rights activist who died in exile in Canada last month was returned to Pakistan and laid to rest in her home village in southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security, activists said Monday. Only immediate family members of 37-year-old Karima...

Nepalese climber Nirmal Purja, who along with his team recently made history by scaling the K2 summit in the winter season, flashes a victory sign on his arrival to the airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Winter winds on K2 can blow at more than 200 km per hour (125 miles per hour) and temperatures can drop to minus 60 C (minus 76 F), an official of Pakistan's Alpine Club, Karrar Haideri said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Nepali climbers who scaled K2 in Pakistan recount success

Jan. 22, 2021 2:34 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Nepalese climbers who last week made history by scaling the world’s second highest peak — Pakistan’s K2 — in the winter season praised Pakistan’s military and civil authorities on Friday for facilitating their challenging expedition. The leader of the...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

Pakistan seeks to block US-based website of minority Ahmadis

Jan. 21, 2021 8:48 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has ordered a U.S.-based website propagating the faith of Pakistan's minority Ahmadis shut down over allegedly blasphemous content, one of the site's managers said Thursday. Harris Zafar said Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority earlier this month issued a legal notice...

A Sri Lankan airport worker stands next to a thermal scanner inside a terminal at the Katunayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Sri Lanka's tourism minister said that the airports in the country will be reopened for tourists according to health guidelines from Jan.21. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing

Jan. 20, 2021 11:56 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s action Thursday is seen as an effort to revive the island nation’s tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the...

Officials: Roadside bomb wounds 11 troops in SW Pakistan

Jan. 20, 2021 2:45 PM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle in a remote area of southwestern Baluchistan province Wednesday, wounding at least 11 troops, security officials said. The attack on the Frontier Corps patrol took place in the district of Sibi and at least four soldiers...

Pakistan says test-fire of medium-range missile a success

Jan. 20, 2021 10:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 kilometers (about 1,700 miles), the military said. In a statement, it said the launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III missile was aimed at “re-validating various design and...

Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistani mountain

Jan. 19, 2021 2:11 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Russian-American climber who went missing last week while trying to scale a mountain amid harsh winter weather in northern Pakistan has been found dead, the region's tourist police and the Alpine Club of Pakistan said Tuesday. The tourist police in the town of Gilgit made the...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...