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They Were Dancing at Sufi Shrine. Then the Bomber Struck

Attack is Pakistan's deadliest since 2014

(Newser) - An ISIS suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload... More »

One Place in World Has Banned Valentine's Day

Haters of roses and hearts can head to Pakistan

(Newser) - The many enemies of heart-shaped candies, flowers, candlelight, and syrupy emotions in general might want to take a day trip on Tuesday: to Pakistan, which has officially banned Valentine's Day. The grinches of love in this instance belong to the Islamabad High Court, which issued the ban Monday on... More »

Year After Mysterious Strychnine Death, an Identification

When a mystery man's body was found in UK, international investigation ensued

(Newser) - The man found lying on his back on a patch of grass on the outskirts of Manchester on Dec. 12, 2015, dead of strychnine poisoning, has finally been identified thanks to an international police investigation. Police believe that the man, identified as 67-year-old David Lytton, took his own life, reports... More »

Mother Sentenced to Death in Daughter's Honor Killing

The Pakistani woman disapproved of the girl's choice of husband

(Newser) - A Pakistani mother who burned her daughter to death because she disapproved of the teen's marriage now faces death herself. A judge in eastern Lahore convicted Parveen Bibi of killing Zeenat Rafiq a week after the 18-year-old's unapproved marriage to her boyfriend, reports Reuters . Authorities say Bibi lured... More »

Singer Halts Show Mid-Song to Help Harassed Female Fan

Video of Atif Aslam is going viral

(Newser) - A viral video out of Pakistan shows popular singer Atif Aslam halting a concert, mid-song, in order to stop a group of guys who were harassing a female concertgoer in the front row Sunday night. Per Mashable , the video shows Aslam telling the males to "act like a human... More »

A Fake News Story Leads to Nuclear Threat

Pakistani official lashes out at Israel after bogus online post

(Newser) - If 2016 is the year of the fake news story, then it's ending in appropriate fashion: One bogus story has just led to a veiled threat of nuclear retaliation. As the Times of Israel explains, the craziness began when a fake news site, AWD News, ran a fake story... More »

5 Girls Allegedly Killed for Clapping, Singing

Pakistan court orders investigation into alleged honor killings

(Newser) - The video shot in the remote Kohistan area of Pakistan and posted online in 2010 shows five girls clapping along to music while a boy dances nearby. Innocent as it may seem, authorities are now investigating anew whether it led to the murder of all those in the video for... More »

Plane With 40 Aboard Goes Missing in Pakistan

Air traffic controllers lost contact

(Newser) - Pakistan's national carrier says one of its planes has gone missing after takeoff in the country's north with about 40 on board, reports the AP . Daniyal Gilani, the spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, says their ATR-42 aircraft carrying around 40 passengers and crew lost touch Wednesday with the... More »

Trump Apparently Had 'Reckless and Bizarre' Call With Pakistan PM

Protocol was apparently breached on both sides

(Newser) - A phone call between Donald Trump and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif took place on Monday, and Pakistan's press office took a most unusual step afterward: It released on Wednesday what appears to be a transcript of what Trump said, the Washington Post reports. "Appears" comes into play because... More »

Bomb Blast At Shrine Packed With Families, Women, Children

At least 50 people died in the IS suicide attack in Pakistan

(Newser) - The death toll from a bomb blast at a Sufi shrine in southwest Pakistan Saturday has risen to 50 people with more than 100 wounded, officials said. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at the shrine of Sufi saint Shah Bilal Noorani in the southwestern... More »

Iconic 'Afghan Girl' Learns Her Fate

Pakistani court orders Sharbat Gula to serve a 15-day sentence, pay a fine

(Newser) - Sharbat Gula, better known as National Geographic's "Afghan Girl," has pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and illegally staying in Pakistan and will be deported once she has finished up a short jail sentence, reports CNN . Her lawyer says a Pakistani court considered Gula's health in sentencing... More »

Pakistan Denies Bail for Iconic 'Afghan Girl'

Sharbat Gula, of 'National Geographic' cover fame, charged with impersonating a Pakistani

(Newser) - In 1985, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" became famous worldwide as the haunting cover model for National Geographic. In 2016, Sharbat Gula (spelled Gulla in some sources) is making headlines once again after she was arrested last week in Pakistan for allegedly harboring fake ID papers—and this week, a... More »

National Geographic's 'Afghan Girl' Arrested

Sharbat Gulla allegedly possessed fake Pakistan ID

(Newser) - Sharbat Gulla, better known as the iconic "Afghan Girl" who stared out of a 1985 National Geographic cover with her haunting green eyes, has been arrested. A Pakistan investigator says that Gulla was arrested during a raid Wednesday at a home in Peshawar, Pakistan, during which she was found... More »

Attackers Kill Dozens at Police Training Center

At least 59 dead in Pakistan attack

(Newser) - Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy on the outskirts the southwestern city of Quetta overnight, killing at least 59 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gunbattle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. Pakistani officials feared the death toll could rise further,... More »

Pakistani Tea Seller Has Girls, Fame After Photo Goes Viral

Arshad Khan was offered his first modeling gig within days

(Newser) - In what should give hope to people toiling away at menial jobs everywhere (provided, of course, that they're extremely good looking), an 18-year-old Pakistani tea seller is the toast of the internet, a professional fashion model, and a Hollywood hopeful less than a week after someone put his photo... More »

Pakistan Just Made Life Worse for 'Honor' Killers

Law passed for mandatory 25 years in prison

(Newser) - Pakistani lawmakers have passed a law that stiffens the penalty for convicted "honor" killers and closes a loophole that often allowed them to go free. The bill was passed Thursday after a raucous debate that lasted nearly four hours, the AP reports. The law gives a mandatory 25 years... More »

US Gives $1.3M to Family of Aid Worker Killed by Drone

Giovanni Lo Porto was an al-Qaeda hostage killed in Pakistan in 2015

(Newser) - La Repubblica and the Telegraph say it's a "donation in memory," not compensation, but whatever the term, the US government has agreed to pay around $1.3 million to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a drone strike in Pakistan, the BBC reports.... More »

2 Utah Climbers Missing on Pakistan Mountain

Snowstorm hit when they were halfway up

(Newser) - Friends and relatives are deeply worried about two Utah men believed to be stranded on one of Pakistan's highest and toughest mountains. Accomplished mountaineers Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson set out to climb the north face of Baintha Brakk II, also known as Ogre II, on Aug. 21, and... More »

City of 20M People Will Likely Be Run From Behind Bars

Waseem Akhtar set to become Karachi's next mayor

(Newser) - Career criminals often keep their outside "ventures" going while they're incarcerated, but Waseem Akhtar may soon be running Pakistan's largest city—20 million residents and counting—from behind bars. It's likely Akhtar, representing the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, will become mayor of Karachi on Wednesday, the Guardian ... More »

Ex Allegedly Confesses to 'Honor Killing' of British Woman

Samia Shahid was killed while visiting relatives in Pakistan last month

(Newser) - A British woman was murdered in an "honor killing" in Pakistan last month, and her ex-husband has confessed to the crime, police sources tell the Telegraph . Samia Shahid, 28, was visiting her relatives in northern Punjab when, those relatives say, she died of a heart attack. Her second husband... More »

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