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Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

Apr. 19, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An outlawed Pakistani Islamist political group freed 11 police a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces, the country’s interior minister said Monday. Supporters of the hard-line...

The Latest: Michigan governor: State's surge may be ending

Apr. 18, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her state could be seeing a drop in infections after leading the nation’s COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks. Whitmer has extended a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, but...

3 killed as police crack down on hard-line group in Pakistan

Apr. 18, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A crackdown by Pakistani security forces on protesting supporters of a banned Islamist party left at least three people dead and 20 others injured Sunday, a police official and a party spokesman said. Lahore police spokesman Rana Arif said...

The Latest: Minnesotan charged with attacks over mask demand

Apr. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Prosecutors have charged a Minnesota man with felony assault and allege that he attacked a home improvement store employee and a police officer after the store worker told him to wear a mask. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the incident...

Pakistan briefly blocks social media amid anti-France rally

Apr. 16, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media on Friday after days of violent anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous. Sites including Twitter and Facebook were blocked for...

France asks citizens to leave Pakistan amid violent protests

Apr. 15, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all of its nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country after anti-France violence erupted in the Islamic nation over the arrest of a radical leader. Saad Rizvi was arrested Monday...

US troop pullout will leave behind an uncertain Afghanistan

Apr. 15, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Biden administration’s surprise announcement of an unconditional troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 appears to strip the Taliban and the Afghan government of considerable leverage and could ramp up pressure on them to reach a peace deal. ...

Ambassador: UAE played part in India-Pakistan cease-fire

Apr. 15, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates played a role in getting longtime Asian rivals India and Pakistan to agree to a cease-fire amid tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir, the Emirati ambassador to Washington said. The comments by Yousef...

Analysis: Biden takes a risk pulling troops from Afghanistan

Apr. 15, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America’s war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United States. Now it's about over. With bin...

Biden's gamble: Will pulling troops revive extremist threat?

Apr. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America’s war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida could never again threaten the United States. Now it's about over. With bin...