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Study: Going Outdoors Could Become Deadly in India

Heat, humidity set to rise to new extremes there, and in Pakistan, Bangladesh

(Newser) - Venturing outdoors may become deadly across wide swaths of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh by the end of the century as climate change drives heat and humidity to new extremes, according to a new study. These conditions could affect up to a third of the people living throughout the region unless... More »

Pakistan in Turmoil: PM Resigns After Court Verdict

Court says Nawaz Sharif wasn't 'truthful and honest' in corruption case

(Newser) - A five-judge panel of Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office over corruption allegations against him and his family. In a unanimous decision, the court said Sharif was disqualified for not remaining "truthful and honest," the AP reports. It also... More »

A Pakistani Girl Was Raped, So Another Rape Was Ordered

Village council said to have decided on 'revenge rape'

(Newser) - The allegations are horrifying: that a Pakistani village council learned a 12-year-old girl had been raped by a teenage relative while she was cutting grass in a field, and that the council had an eye-for-an-eye response. The council in Muzaffarabad, a village outside Multan, allegedly ordered the victim's teenage... More »

Pakistani PM's Daughter Could Be Brought Down by a Font

Microsoft Calibri at center of corruption scandal

(Newser) - The biggest political scandal going in Pakistan is now centered on, of all things, a font. Pakistan's supreme court is investigating Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister's daughter, for corruption stemming from documents found in the 2016 Panama Papers, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the documents... More »

'When the Robot Served Us Pizza We Felt Very Happy'

Robot waitress draws diners to Pakistani pizza joint

(Newser) - The owners of a pizza shop in Pakistan say business is booming now that they've introduced a robot waitress. Osama Jafri, the engineer who designed the 55-pound robot, says it can greet customers and carry pizzas to their tables. The AP reports the robot resembles a short, slender woman... More »

Survival 'Unlikely' for 2 Missing on 'Killer Mountain'

Climbers are believed to have reached above 23K feet

(Newser) - It's dubbed "Killer Mountain," a name that will be hardly comforting to family members of two climbers lost on the peak in Pakistan since the weekend. Alberto Zerain Berasatei of Spain and Mariano Galacan of Argentina were part of a team that began climbing the world's... More »

As Scavengers Flocked to Wrecked Oil Truck, an Explosion

At least 153 dead in Pakistan after someone lit a cigarette

(Newser) - It was a simple highway accident: A tanker blows a tire, and overturns. But it overturned Sunday in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, carrying 6,600 gallons of oil, and surrounding villagers " carrying domestic pots rushed to the scene to collect oil and they also made phone calls to their relatives living... More »

World First: Death Penalty for Facebook Posts

30-year-old man in Pakistan is convicted of insulting Mohammed online

(Newser) - Pakistan just put a man on death row because of his Facebook posts. In what is believed to be the first death penalty sentence anywhere over social media content, a court convicted the 30-year-old of insulting the prophet Mohammed and his wives, reports Reuters . The details about Taimoor Raza's... More »

Between 2 More Countries, a Border Fence Begins to Rise

Pakistan erecting a barrier along high-risk border areas with Afghanistan

(Newser) - Pakistan has started building a barrier along parts of one of the most rugged and dangerous border regions in the world: the 1,510-mile border with Afghanistan, which cuts the heartland of the Pashtun ethnic group in two. Pakistan says Taliban militants have been launching attacks across the border, a... More »

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 »

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