Bangladesh closing notorious 18th-century prison in Dhaka
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Bangladesh closing notorious 18th-century prison in Dhaka

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh is closing its notorious 18th-century prison where sensational political killings over decades have targeted people on both sides of the South Asian country’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. The government wants to reopen the old, dilapidated Dhaka Central Jail as a museum to its tumultuous past, while giving its … Continue reading

Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore
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Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday vowed to eliminate perpetrators of terror attacks such as the massive suicide bombing that targeted Christians gathered for Easter the previous day in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 70 people. The attack underscored both the militants’ ability to stage large-scale attacks despite a months-long government … Continue reading

Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear
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Pakistan university attack shatters dreams, stokes fear

CHARSADDA, Pakistan (AP) — When Islamic militants stormed the university campus in this Pakistani town, chemistry professor Hamid Hussain was carrying a concealed pistol. Locking his students in his classroom he opened fire on the assailants, buying his pupils enough time to escape before he was gunned down. The survival of Hussain’s students in a … Continue reading

Pakistan’s ex-President Musharraf acquitted in murder case
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Pakistan’s ex-President Musharraf acquitted in murder case

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A court acquitted former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf Monday, Jan. 18, in a murder case involving the killing of a separatist leader, Akbar Bugti, who had died in a 2006 military operation in Baluchistan province, lawyers said. An anti-terrorism court announced the verdict in the southwestern city of Quetta, Baluchistan’s provincial … Continue reading

AP Conversation: Trump calls Mideast peace ‘toughest deal’
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AP Conversation: Trump calls Mideast peace ‘toughest deal’

  STERLING, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. “I … Continue reading

Pakistan among world’s top executioners after terror attack
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Pakistan among world’s top executioners after terror attack

  ISLAMABAD (AP) — For years, Pakistan did not put prisoners to death. Then a Taliban attack butchered 150 people, most of them children, and the country resumed carrying out the death penalty and quickly turned into one of the world’s most avid executioners. But instead of killing militants, the campaign is largely executing common … Continue reading

Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks
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Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says Islamabad is still ready to facilitate the revival of stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The spokesman, Qazi Khalilullah, made his remarks at a news conference Friday shortly after Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs, traveled … Continue reading

Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards
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Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan’s top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press. The issue of foreign jihadis operating so easily in … Continue reading

Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage
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Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has expressed “shock and sorrow” over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended Pakistan’s condolences in a statement Friday, saying the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni … Continue reading

Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan
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Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women’s rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country’s restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. While investigators declined to speculate on a motive for the killing of Sabeen Mahmud, friends and colleagues immediately … Continue reading