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Pakistani Taliban announce a 3-day cease-fire with security forces on Eid al-Adha holiday

Jun. 16, 2024 12:01 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A key Pakistani militant group behind scores of gun and bomb attacks on Sunday announced a rare cease-fire with security forces during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha will be celebrated in Pakistan on Monday amid a surge in violence. ...

Pakistani army kills 11 militants in raid in the northwest following bombing that killed 7 soldiers

Jun. 11, 2024 08:20 AM EDT

DERA ISLAMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces raided a militant hideout, killing 11 in an overnight operation in a former stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban in the restive northwest, authorities said on Tuesday. The intelligence-based raid was in retaliation to...

China says it is willing to upgrade economic corridor with Pakistan and deepen ties with Brazil

Jun. 07, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is willing to work with Islamabad to build an upgraded version of an economic corridor linking the two countries, China's leader Xi Jinping told visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday. Sharif pledged to ensure the safety of Chinese workers...

Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Panama and Somalia get seats on the UN Security Council

Jun. 06, 2024 15:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Panama and Somalia got seats on the U.N. Security Council on Thursday. The 15-member council has a powerful body of five permanent, veto-empowered members whose composition reflects its post-World War II founding — China, France,...

Clubhouse programs take pressure off overwhelmed Texas mental health hospitals

Jun. 05, 2024 12:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When Jonathan Denhart was discharged from the psych ward at Austin Oaks Hospital last year, he was prepared to be back very soon. For more than 40 years, Denhart has cycled through rehabs, sober housing, mental health hospitals, and 12-step programs to treat...

Pakistan's Imran Khan is acquitted of leaking state secrets but remains in prison on other charges

Jun. 03, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani appeals court on Monday acquitted former Prime Minister Imran Khan of leaking state secrets, his lawyer said, though the popular opposition leader will remain behind bars as he serves several prison terms and awaits a slew of cases pending against him. ...

Improving energy resilience in Pakistan could avert 175,000 deaths by 2030, UNICEF says

May. 31, 2024 13:26 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Developing resilient energy systems to power health facilities in Pakistan could avert over 175,000 deaths in the country by 2030, a new new study by the United Nations children’s agency said Friday. It would also contribute $296 million to the country’s...

Pakistan sends official to Kabul for talks with the Afghan Taliban on a deadly March suicide attack

May. 30, 2024 16:12 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has sent an official to Kabul to share the findings of its investigation into a suicide bombing in March that killed five Chinese engineers and a Pakistani driver with Afghanistan's Taliban government, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Pakistan says the...

4 Pakistanis killed by Iranian border guards in remote southwestern region, Pakistani officials say

May. 30, 2024 00:53 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Iranian border guards opened fire at a vehicle carrying a group of Pakistanis, killing four people and wounding two others in a remote area in the southwest, Pakistani officials said Thursday. The incident happened near the border village of Mashkel in...

7 Pakistani soldiers, 23 militants killed in separate shootouts during raids along the Afghan border

May. 27, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's security forces were conducting several raids in the country's volatile northwest, a former stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban, when shootouts ensued leaving seven soldiers and 23 militants dead, the army said Monday. The first exchange...