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Pakistan police say officers foil police station attack

Nov. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counter-terrorism police on Tuesday said they foiled a possible militant attack by killing a suspected would-be suicide bomber when he tried to sneak into a police station near the eastern city of Lahore. According to a statement released by police, the suspected militant...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

Pakistan says soldier, 4 militants killed in border shootout

Nov. 22, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military said a soldier and four militants were killed Sunday in a shootout during a raid near the border with Afghanistan. The military said two soldiers were also injured during the raid in the Spinwam area of North Waziristan, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. North...

Kashmiri men drink tea on a cold day at a local market in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

India says Pakistani shelling kills soldier in Kashmir

Nov. 21, 2020 3:39 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — One Indian soldier was killed and another was wounded Saturday by Pakistani shelling along the highly militarized frontier dividing Kashmir between the two rivals, the Indian army said. Indian army spokesperson Lt. Col. Devender Anand accused Pakistani troops of firing mortar rounds...

Global tech giants threaten to leave Pakistan over new rules

Nov. 20, 2020 6:04 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content, a move critics say was aimed at curtailing freedom of expression in the conservative Islamic nation. Thursday’s warning from the...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, Khadim Hussein Rizvi, head of 'Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, a religious political party, speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Rizvi, a radical religious cleric, who led tens of thousands in anti-France around the country, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. His spokesman and a doctor at the hospital where Rizvi died said he was suffering from COVID-like symptoms but was not tested for the virus. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Radical Pakistani religious cleric dies after leading sit-in

Nov. 19, 2020 2:17 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Khadim Hussein Rizvi, a radical Pakistani religious scholar who this week led thousands of supporters into a sit-in in Islamabad over the republishing in France of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous, died on Thursday. He was 54. According to the...

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attend a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Ghani on Thursday met with Khan in the capital Kabul to discuss Afghan peace talks, to build trust and strengthen relations between both Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pakistan's PM Khan in 'historic' first visit to Afghanistan

Nov. 19, 2020 7:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on his first official visit to Kabul on Thursday, focusing on the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban as well as on building trust and strengthening relations between the two often acrimonious neighbors....

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017, file photo, a patrolling U.S. armored vehicle is reflected in the mirror of a car in Kabul, Afghanistan. An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, has rattled both allies and adversaries and raised fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the Islamic State affiliate in the country to try to regroup in a lawless Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike

Nov. 18, 2020 2:52 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington this week, has rattled both allies and adversaries. There are fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the local Islamic State affiliate to regroup and perhaps even try to...

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, a religious political party, block a main highway during an anti-France rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. The supporters are protesting the French President Emmanuel Macron over his recent statements and the republishing in France of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Islamist sit-in outside Pakistani capital targets France

Nov. 16, 2020 8:44 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of a radical cleric's political party rallied on the outskirts of Islamabad on Monday demanding the Pakistani government cut diplomatic ties with France over the republishing of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, which they deem blasphemous. A sit-in Monday...