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Pakistan to hold general election on July 25 - officials

ISLAMABAD Pakistan will hold a general election on July 25 and President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the date, electoral officials said on Saturday, as the government enters its final week in office.

Pakistan passes law to align tribal region with rest of country 24 May 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's parliament on Thursday passed legislation to merge the country's tribal regions along the Afghan border with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a key step to ending the region's much-criticised colonial era governance system.


Invest in poor rural areas to curb exclusion, quash extremism - UNDP 24 May 2018

OSLO Remote areas in poor nations need far more investment to undercut recruitment by militant armed groups, in a shift from development policies focused most on cities, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said.


Same grief, different outcomes - Texas mulls school safety 24 May 2018

(This May 21 story corrects first paragraph to say fourth-deadliest school shooting, not fourth deadly school shooting.) | Video

Pakistani mob destroys 100-year-old minority Ahmadi mosque 24 May 2018

ISLAMABAD A mob led by right-wing Muslim clerics tore down the dome and minarets of a 100-year old Pakistani mosque belonging to the marginalized Ahmadi community, officials and the community said on Thursday.


Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif says intelligence chief asked him to resign 23 May 2018

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday accused a former intelligence chief of asking him to resign during opposition protests in 2014, comments likely to further fray tense civil-military relations ahead of general elections.


Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting buried in Karachi 23 May 2018

ISLAMABAD A Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting in Texas last week was buried in her home town of Karachi on Wednesday, her coffin draped with Pakistan's green and white flag. | Video


Heavy casualties as blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar 22 May 2018

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan A blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday caused dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting across the country showed no sign of easing off during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. | Video

Elite U.S. special operations commander picked to lead Afghan war 22 May 2018

WASHINGTON/KABUL A three-star general who leads the Joint Special Operations Command overseeing some of the most sensitive U.S. commando missions has been picked to lead the nearly 17-year-old Afghan war, five U.S. officials told Reuters.


Pakistan heatwave kills 65 people in Karachi - welfare organisation 22 May 2018

ISLAMABAD A heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organisation said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist. | Video