Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate...

Pakistan's journalists complain of increasing censorship

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but n...

Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Scores of Pakistani men whose Muslim Uighur wives have disappeared into internment camps in China feel helpless, fighting a wall of silence as they struggle to reunite their families....

AP Explains: China's megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China's growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars'...

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office. A Tal...

After 17 years, many Afghans blame US for unending war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When U.S. forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the Taliban have retaken half the countr...

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say Pakistan has released Abdul Samad Sani, a U.S.-designated terrorist who served as the Afghan Central Bank governor during the militants' rule, along with a lower...

AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection ...

Christian acquitted of blasphemy freed from Pakistan jail

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail and while an offer from the European Parliament has been made to protect her family, ...

Afghans set to vote despite Taliban threats, corruption

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans will return to the polls for parliamentary elections on Saturday, hoping to bring change to a corrupt government that has lost nearly half the country to the Taliban....

Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (AP) — Hameeda Danesh was locked away at age 13 and beaten daily for six months by uncles who abhorred the thought of her attending school. Now, she's running for a seat in A...

Taliban say 'general' discussion held with US special envoy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban officials say they held "general discussions" with Washington's special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracte...

Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's embattled Ahmadiyya minority enjoyed a brief moment of hope earlier this month when one of its own, a U.S.-based Princeton economist, was appointed to an economic advisory ...

Taliban say they're ready for second round of talks with US

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are ready for another round of talks with the U.S., which is likely to focus on prisoner exchange, confidence building measures, and ways to move from back-door m...

New US adviser to Afghanistan raises hackles in region

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The choice of Zalmay Khalilzad as a U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan has raised some hackles in the region, with many saying the veteran diplomat's tough stance on Pakistan could hin...