Rising wages squeeze Bangladesh garment makers as factories await upgrades


DHAKA - Bangladesh garment factory owners say they are soaking up much of the cost of nearly doubling wages as some global retailers balk at price hikes, leaving less money for safety improvements urged by apparel chains after last year's Rana Plaza disaster.

Most Pakistani villagers abducted from 'hashish festival' freed 13 Apr 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Gunmen on Sunday freed most of the Pakistani villagers they had kidnapped from a hashish festival in the remote mountainous northwest, a government official said.

Gunmen kidnap 100 Pakistani villagers in northwest, government says 12 Apr 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Gunmen stormed a village gathering in north-western Pakistan on Saturday and kidnapped around 100 men, Pakistani government officials said.


Pakistani Taliban plot with seminaries to assault capital - police 11 Apr 2014

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban will coordinate with Islamist activists at major seminaries in or near the capital, Islamabad, to launch attacks if peace talks with the government fail, police said in a report obtained by Reuters.

Rivalry between Pakistani Taliban factions erupts in violence 11 Apr 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A struggle for power between Pakistani Taliban commanders divided over whether to talk to the government has erupted in violence with dozens of fighters killed along the Afghan border over recent weeks, Pakistani security officials said.


Pakistani leader of banned sectarian group gets parliament seat 10 Apr 2014

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Election Commission has awarded a parliamentary seat to the leader of a banned sectarian group that activists blame for the deaths of hundreds of people.


Bomb kills 20 in market on edge of Pakistani capital 09 Apr 2014

ISLAMABAD - A bomb exploded in a crowded market on the outskirts of Islamabad on Wednesday, killing 20 people and wounding about 70 in the deadliest attack in the Pakistani capital in years.

Afghan commander - cross-border Taliban alliance growing stronger 09 Apr 2014

CAMP THUNDER, Afghanistan - Taliban militants in Pakistan have established an increasingly close relationship with insurgents from across the border in Afghanistan, supplying them with explosives and well-trained fighters, a senior Afghan army commander said on Wednesday.

In low-yield world, defaulters to get warm welcome back 08 Apr 2014

LONDON - From Greece to Ecuador to Pakistan, countries that not long ago saddled bondholders with multi-billion dollar defaults, are set to re-enter global markets, cashing in on investors' desperate need for higher-yielding assets.

Fourteen killed in bomb blast on Pakistani train 08 Apr 2014

QUETTA, Pakistan - Fourteen passengers were killed and about 50 wounded on Tuesday when militants bombed a train in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, hospital sources and officials said. | Video