Syria, Iraq a 'finishing school' for foreign fighters: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS - More than 25,000 foreign fighters from some 100 countries are linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, with Syria and Iraq comprising a "veritable international finishing school for extremists," United Nations experts reported to the U.N. Security Council.

Pakistan defence team heads for Saudi to discuss support 30 Mar 2015

ISLAMABAD - A high-level Pakistani defence delegation was about to leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday as the government in Islamabad considers whether to join a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

Pakistan evacuates hundreds during pause in Yemen strikes - Saudi official 29 Mar 2015

PESHAWAR - Pakistan evacuated about 500 of its nationals by plane from Yemen on Sunday during a brief pause in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition against Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a Saudi military spokesman said.

Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan freed after two years 28 Mar 2015

PRAGUE - Two female Czech tourists kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released and have returned to the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday.

Pakistan militants deny 30 killed in renewed Khyber fighting 28 Mar 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan security forces killed 30 militants in gunbattles in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Saturday, a senior official said, but a spokesman for the militants denied suffering any losses.

Pakistan says hasn't promised to join Saudi coalition in Yemen 27 Mar 2015

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has made no decision on whether to give military support to a Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday, while pledging to defend Saudi Arabia against any threat to its solidarity.

Pakistan militant spokesman phones to deny death 26 Mar 2015

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A spokesman for Pakistani militant group called journalists on Thursday to assure them he was alive after Pakistani intelligence officials claimed he was among 30 fighters killed in air strikes in the northwestern Khyber region.


Insight - Worries grow as new courts hand Pakistan army more power 25 Mar 2015

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Weeks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 pupils at an army-run school, Pakistani lawmakers significantly expanded the power of military courts by allowing them to try civilians accused of terrorism.

Air strikes kill 30 militants allied with Pakistani Taliban - sources 25 Mar 2015

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Pakistani jet fighters killed 30 militants allied to the Pakistani Taliban in a missile attack in the mountainous northwestern Khyber region on Wednesday, including the group's spokesman, intelligence officials said.

Pakistani minister - Officials in several ministries ran racket that freed prisoners 24 Mar 2015

ISLAMABAD - Officials in several government ministries in Pakistan ran a crime racket that helped to free 15 prisoners convicted of murder and drug offences, Pakistan's interior minister said Tuesday.