Pakistan | School reopens after Taliban massacre of students

  Pakistani children returned yesterday to the school where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers last month, clutching their parents' hands tightly in a poignant symbol of perseverance

Pakistan | Country mourns 142 slain in Taliban school attack 

  Pakistanis mourned as mass funerals got underway yesterday for 142 people, most of them children, killed the day before in a massacre by the Taliban at a military-run school in

Pakistan | Taliban school terror assault leaves over 140 dead, mostly kids

Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear

Beijing blasts US hypocrisy as CIA torture condemned

China joined human rights advocates yesterday in criticizing the U.S. over a report on the practice of torture by the CIA. “China has consistently opposed torture,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong

US Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn’t work

U.S. Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices yesterday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with

Offbeat | Singer-turned preacher investigated for blasphemy

Police in Pakistan say they have opened a blasphemy investigation against a pop singer-turned Islamic preacher accused of insulting one of the wives of Islam’s prophet. Police officer Sheraz Majid

Cricket world quick to respond to death of Hughes

Players and fans across the cricket world expressed shock and sadness at the news of the death of Australian test batsman Phillip Hughes, two days after he was struck on

Pakistan | Gunmen kill 4 polio workers

Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team yesterday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said. The attack on the health workers

Afghanistan | At least 50 dead in volleyball match suicide attack

The death toll in Afghanistan’s deadliest insurgent attack this year has risen to at least 50, with 63 wounded, many of them children, officials said yesterday, as NATO confirmed that two of

Pakistan | 58 dead in head-on highway collision

The cause of the accident near Khairpur district in Sindh province was most likely heavy fog, said police official Ghulam Jhokhio. The bus, carrying about 70 people, had left Swat Valley

Cricket |Babar’s pair reduces New Zealand to 81-3

Babar (2-37), who took 14 wickets in Pakistan’s 2-0 test-series victory against Australia, had captain Brendon McCullum (18) and Ross Taylor (0) caught close to the wicket after New Zealand

India-Pakistan | Suicide blast kills 53 at border crossing

A suicide bombing at the busiest India-Pakistan border crossing after a nightly flag-lowering ceremony Sunday killed at least 53 people, according to the state-run Pakistan Television channel. The attack in Pakistan

Bangladesh | Court upholds death for Islamist leader

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death sentence given to a senior Islamist leader convicted by a special tribunal last year for his role in mass killings and other atrocities during

Cricket | Pakistan beats Australia by 356 runs on Day 5

Pakistan picked up the last five wickets for eight runs in 7.3 overs after lunch yesterday to complete a 356-run win over Australia in the second test. Australia was bowled out

Bangladesh | Islamist party chief sentenced to death

A special tribunal in Bangladesh yesterday sentenced the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands of people during the nation’s independence war

This Day in History | 2001 – Christians killed in Pakistan massacre

The attack - the worst against Christians in Pakistani history - took place during a service attended by over 100 people at a church in the town of Bahawalpur. The identity

India-Pakistan border dispute | India warns Pakistan of heavy response if clashes persist

Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley warned Pakistan that it will face a heavy military response if it continues attacks along the disputed border of the nuclear-armed powers. “Pakistan is the aggressor,”

PAKISTAN | Taliban chief offers help to Islamic State

The Pakistani Taliban offered to help Islamic State and other militant fighters in Syria and Iraq and called on them to stay united as they besiege the northern Kurdish stronghold

Offbeat: Errant Taliban tweet claims spokesman in Pakistan

An apparently errant tweet by the Taliban’s spokesman in Afghanistan gave his location as being in neighboring Pakistan. On Friday, a tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming an attack included

KOREAS | Together at Asian Games, North and South still far apart 

When the first world record fell at the Asian Games — to a North Korean weightlifter — elated South Korean fans pounded drums and stood to cheer. Away from the stadiums,

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