Pakistanis on trial in massacre of 10 foreign climbers escape jail

ISLAMABAD - Two Pakistani militant suspects facing trial for the massacre of 10 foreign climbers two years ago escaped from jail on Friday, an official said.

Saudi court jails al Qaeda recruiters, bin Laden associate -newspaper 24 Feb 2015

DUBAI - A Saudi court has jailed at least 13 men on counts including the recruitment of al Qaeda militants for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and sheltering Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, Saudi newspapers said on Tuesday.

India's ruling BJP party has role in governing Kashmir for first time 24 Feb 2015

SRINAGAR - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party will for the first time have a role in governing the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, at the heart of nearly seven decades of hostility with Pakistan, officials said.


Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina dies in Pakistan aged 34 23 Feb 2015

LONDON - Maria Golovnina, Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan who was widely loved and admired for her courage, compassion and professionalism, died in Islamabad on Monday.

Afghans arrested Chinese Uighurs to aid Taliban talks bid - officials 20 Feb 2015

KABUL - Afghanistan arrested and handed over several Muslim Uighur militants from China's west in an effort to persuade China to use its influence with Pakistan to help start negotiations with the Taliban, Afghan security officials said on Friday.


Pakistan and Afghan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for talks 19 Feb 2015

ISLAMABAD/KABUL - Senior Pakistani army, Afghan and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the Afghan Taliban had signalled they were willing to open peace talks with Kabul. | Video


India's ailing air force at risk in tough neighbourhood 18 Feb 2015

BENGALURU, India - India's air force risks a major capability gap opening up with China and Pakistan without new western warplanes or if local defence contractors can't produce what the military needs in a timely manner.

India under pressure to explain who blew up Pakistani boat 18 Feb 2015

NEW DELHI - The Indian government is under pressure to explain what caused a Pakistani fishing boat to explode, killing four people on board in mysterious circumstances, after a senior Indian coast guard official said it was deliberately targeted.B.K. Loshali, deputy inspector general of the Indian coast guard, is shown in a video released by the Indian Express newspaper saying he gave an order to attack the boat as it approached Indian waters last New Year's Eve.The comments contradic

Solar to power thousands of off-grid homes in north Pakistan 18 Feb 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province plans to supply solar power to 5,800 off-grid households in 200 villages, promoting clean energy amid conventional electricity shortages.

Afghans ordered out of Pakistan as 'diversion' in militant fight 18 Feb 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/TORKHAM, Afghanistan - Afghan immigrants ordered out of Pakistan in what officials say is a bid to root out militants are, some analysts say, scapegoats being used to distract attention from the authorities' failure to end violence.