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Senate confirms highest-ranking Muslim in gov't after earlier GOP blockade

Jun. 08, 2023 13:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dilawar Syed as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration, ending more than two years of delays after a blockade by Republicans in the last Congress. Syed will be the highest-ranking Muslim official in the U.S....

Pakistani Taliban target police in northwestern province, kill 2 officers and guard at a local bank

Jun. 08, 2023 09:26 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban targeted security forces in a northwestern province in Pakistan on Thursday, killing two officers and a guard at a nearby bank, authorities said. The attack took place near a fruit market in the town of Mingora, located in the...

Pakistan urged to stop arresting Afghan refugees after 250 detained recently

Jun. 07, 2023 14:17 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan urged Pakistan on Wednesday to stop arresting Afghan refugees, after 250 were detained by counterterrorism officials and other agencies for not having travel documents. Millions of Afghans fled to Pakistan during the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of...

Shootout between Pakistani troops and insurgents in border region kills 2 soldiers, 2 militants

Jun. 05, 2023 02:58 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani troops and militants exchanged fire in a northwestern region along the border with Afghanistan in a shootout that killed two soldiers and two militants, the army said Monday. The shootout took place late Sunday in North Waziristan, a district in...

Pakistani Taliban claim attack in northwest that left 2 soldiers, 2 militants dead

Jun. 04, 2023 12:55 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack in northwest Pakistan that left two soldiers and two militants dead. The army said in a statement that militants opened fire on a security checkpoint Saturday evening in the Jani Khel area of Bannu...

Pakistan's military says 2 soldiers killed in militant attack near border with Iran

Jun. 01, 2023 06:53 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Militants attacked a Pakistani security post near the country's border with Iran on Thursday, triggering a shootout that killed two soldiers, the military said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the area of Singwan in restive...

Former US diplomat Henry Kissinger celebrates 100th birthday, still active in global affairs

May. 27, 2023 13:05 PM EDT

Former diplomat and presidential adviser Henry Kissinger marks his 100th birthday on Saturday, outlasting many of his political contemporaries who guided the United States through one of its most tumultuous periods including the presidency of Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. Born...

Pakistan to try 33 supporters of former Premier Imran Khan in military courts over recent violence

May. 26, 2023 15:08 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s government said Friday that 17 more supporters of Imran Khan would be tried in military courts over recent anti-government violence, bringing the overall number of followers of the former prime minister facing military tribunals so far to 33. The...

Pakistani journalist, supporter of former Prime Minister Imran Khan goes missing, second in 2 weeks

May. 25, 2023 11:51 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A prominent Pakistani television journalist known for his public support of former Prime Minister Imran Khan has gone missing, the police, his family and his employer said. Sami Abrahim's disappearance was first announced in a police tweet late Wednesday, hours...

Pakistan's ex-premier Imran Khan softens demand for snap vote amid crackdown on party

May. 24, 2023 15:04 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday softened his year-long demand for early elections and said he is forming a committee for talks with the government to end the country's lingering political turmoil. The offer, if accepted by the...