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The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Apr. 10, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s “deepest sympathies and condolences” to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of Prince Philip. ...

Pakistan minister slams bill seeking prison for army critics

Apr. 08, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani Cabinet minister on Thursday slammed a proposed bill that would punish criticism of the military with two-year prison terms and hefty fines, saying the legislation drafted by a parliamentary panel was ridiculous. The minister for science...

Rights groups say Pakistan PM blames women's dress for rape

Apr. 07, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani rights groups are criticizing Prime Minister Imran Khan after he claimed in an online show that wearing the veil — the traditional Islamic head covering — will protect women from sexual assault and not lead men into temptation. The...

Russia to boost ties with Pakistan, supply military gear

Apr. 07, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Moscow and Islamabad will boost ties in the fight against terrorism, with Russia providing unspecified military equipment to Pakistan and the two holding joint exercises at sea and in the mountains. Sergey...

Russian FM in Pakistan, Afghan talks to dominate agenda

Apr. 06, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister arrived Tuesday in Pakistan for a two-day visit expected to focus on efforts to bring peace to neighboring Afghanistan. Sergey Lavrov's visit comes as a May 1 deadline for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan in line with a deal...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

Apr. 04, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and started to overwhelm many hospitals in the capital and outlying regions. President Rodrigo Duterte placed...

Pakistanis clash with police at shrine shut over coronavirus

Apr. 02, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan deployed paramilitary troops early Friday to a shrine closed due to coronavirus restrictions, after hundreds of pilgrims trying to get in clashed with police. Police said the pilgrims broke open the main gate of the the shrine of Lal...

Pakistan, India peace move silences deadly Kashmir frontier

Apr. 02, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The machine guns peeking over parapets of small, sandbagged concrete bunkers and the heavy artillery cannons dug deep into Himalayan Kashmir’s rugged terrain have fallen silent. At least for now. The Line of Control, a...

Pakistan cancels decision about allowing trade with India

Apr. 01, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Cabinet on Thursday canceled a decision announced the previous day ago about allowing the resumption of partial trade with nuclear-rival neighboring India, the foreign minister said. The cancellation followed criticism by Pakistan's...

As tensions ease, Pakistan allows partial trade with India

Mar. 31, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday lifted a two-year ban on the import of sugar and cotton from nuclear-rival neighboring India, a major move aimed at reviving trade ties with New Delhi amid easing tensions, Pakistan's finance minister said. The decision to...