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Nepali team first to top world's 2nd tallest peak in winter

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history by scaling the world's second highest peak — Pakistan's K2 — in the winter season, a local Alpine Club official said. ...

Minister: Massive power outage leaves Pakistan in the dark

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A major technical fault in Pakistan's power generation and distribution system caused a massive power outage that plunged the country into darkness overnight, the energy minister said...

Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s Christian transgender people, often mocked, abused and bullied, say they have found peace and solace in a church of their own. Shunned by other ch...

Pakistan says soldier, 4 militants killed in border shootout

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...

Pakistani Islamists' anti-France sit-in ends peacefully

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of supporters of a radical Islamic scholar on Tuesday ended their sit-in in the Pakistani capital over the republishing in France of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, whi...

Pakistan says it has evidence of India sponsoring attacks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Saturday said India was sponsoring “terrorism” aimed at destabilizing the country and targeting its economic partnership with China, accusations that top Pakistani officia...

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of be...

In packed, dirty cells, political prisoners fear virus

CAIRO (AP) — Reza Khandan got the word from friends jailed in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were suspected of having coronav...

Crammed in filthy cells, political prisoners fear infection

CAIRO (AP) — Reza Khandan got the word from friends locked away in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were suspected of having co...

France closes the Louvre as virus spreads to new fronts

PARIS (AP) — Coronavirus cases surged in Italy, and France closed the world-famous Louvre Museum as the epidemic that began in China sent fear rising across Western Europe, threatening its tourism ind...

Pakistan starts heath cards for trans people to improve care

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan began issuing special health ID cards for transgender people on Tuesday as way to lessen health care discrimination. Trans people have often been denied tr...

Pakistan gets $6 billion from Saudis, still needs IMF loan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has negotiated a $6 billion assistance package of loans and deferred payments from Saudi Arabia in hopes of resuscitating its flagging economy, struggling under the weight of...

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...

IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in southern Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan t...

Major political events in Pakistan's 71-year history

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistanis are voting in the third consecutive general elections to take place without political upheaval, a crisis or a military intervention. Four military governm...