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Saudi Men Need Permission to Marry Foreigners

Government cracks down, even for foreign women already in the country

(Newser) - Saudi men now need government consent to take foreign brides—and if their true love happens to be an expatriate from Myanmar, Chad, Pakistan, or Bangladesh, they're out of luck completely, reports Makkah Daily via the Al Arabiya Network . Police have informed Saudi men that they're banned from... More »

Newlyweds' Throats Slit in 'Honor Killing'

Another Pakistani woman killed for rejecting proposal

(Newser) - In the latest atrocity in the name of family "honor," a Pakistani couple were tied up and killed with butcher knives for marrying against the wishes of the bride's family. Muafia Bibi, 17, and her 30-year-old husband, Sajjad Ahmed, were killed in a village in Punjab province... More »

Cops: Pakistani Woman Gang-Raped, Hanged

Three men have confessed, say police

(Newser) - Police are investigating yet another gang rape and hanging of a young woman, this time in Pakistan instead of India. Authorities in the Punjab province area of Layyah say 20-year-old Muzammil Bibi was assaulted by three men in a field, reports Reuters . Her parents found her body hanging from a... More »

After 6-Month Hiatus, Drone Strikes Again Hit Pakistan

At least 13 killed overnight

(Newser) - Missiles from US drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said today. The two separate drone strikes sparked swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said... More »

Militants Launch Fresh Onslaught at Pakistan Airport

Gunmen attack airport security academy

(Newser) - Gunmen have launched a fresh assault on Pakistan's biggest airport just two days after a Taliban attack left dozens of people dead. Officials say security forces are battling militants who attacked a security training facility at Karachi airport from two directions, the AP reports. All flights have been suspended... More »

Goal of Taliban Airport Assault: Hijack Plane, Mayhem

But Karachi gunfight ends sooner than militants expected

(Newser) - Last night's five-hour gunfight at Pakistan's biggest airport, which ended with at least 27 dead including the 10 militants who stormed the airport, does in fact appear to have been an attempt by the Pakistani Taliban to hijack a passenger plane. A Pakistani military spokesperson initially denied that... More »

Terrorists Lose Gunfight at Karachi Airport

Up to 23 dead after gunmen storm terminal for VIPs and cargo

(Newser) - Terrorists stormed an international airport in Pakistan today and engaged in a long gun battle with security forces, rattling a country's frail sense of peace, Dawn reports. The army, airport security, and other security personnel fought the ten assailants for hours, confining them to two areas of the airport... More »

Woman Shot for Marrying for Love Survives

Pakistan teen was put in sack, thrown in canal

(Newser) - In what police in Pakistan describe as an "honor-related incident," an 18-year-old woman was shot twice and thrown in a canal by family members after marrying the man she loved. Police say that a few days after Saba Maqsood married a neighbor against her family's wishes, her... More »

Cops Arrest Uncle, Cousins in Stoning Death

Pakistani police trying to round up more than a dozen more

(Newser) - Funny how near-universal condemnation from around the globe can speed up a police investigation. Authorities in Lahore, Pakistan, arrested four more people yesterday in the stoning death of 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, reports the Indian Express . The four include an uncle and two cousins of the pregnant woman, who earned her... More »

Man: I Killed Wife to Marry Woman Who Was Stoned

Mohammad Iqbal says he strangled her 6 years ago

(Newser) - The macabre story of the pregnant woman who was stoned to death by her own family on Tuesday in Pakistan just got far more twisted: Mohammad Iqbal has revealed to CNN that he murdered his first wife so he could wed Farzana Parveen. Officials confirm that his first wife was... More »

Husband: Man Who Stoned Daughter OKed Marriage

Mohammad Iqbal says family got into money trouble

(Newser) - The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family says police ignored pleas for help and stood by as his pregnant wife was murdered outside a courthouse in broad daylight. "We were shouting for help, but nobody listened," Mohammad Iqbal tells the BBC , describing... More »

Father Helps Stone to Death Pregnant Daughter

'Honor killing' takes place outside courthouse in Pakistan

(Newser) - "Stoned to death" doesn't quite capture it. Those who murdered a 25-year-old pregnant Pakistani woman outside a court in Lahore used bricks from a nearby construction site to kill her, reports AP . And it somehow gets worse: The 20 or so attackers included her father, brothers, and other... More »

CIA to Stop Using Vaccines as Spy Cover

Health deans warned ruse could harm polio fight

(Newser) - A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations—a ruse the agency used to target Osama bin Laden before the raid that killed him in 2011. Lisa Monaco, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, wrote to the... More »

Pakistan: No More Refugees, Please

Country cracks down on illegal Afghan immigrants, fearing flood after US withdrawal

(Newser) - If violence erupts when the US leaves Afghanistan, refugees are going to find the world a very unwelcoming place. Pakistan is cracking down on illegal immigrants from its turbulent neighbor, in anticipation of just such a surge, the Washington Post reports. Police squads in Karachi are actively hunting Afghan immigrants,... More »

FBI Agent Arrested at Pakistan Airport

He was carrying ammo, multiple knives onto plane

(Newser) - An FBI agent was arrested at an airport in Pakistan on Monday when he tried to carry bullets and knives onto a Karachi-to-Islamabad flight, Pakistani authorities revealed today. Joel Cox was on an official trip to Pakistan to provide training for local police, CNN reports. When police nabbed him he... More »

A Tiny David Sues the World's Nuclear Goliaths

Marshall Islands call for justice in non-proliferation treaty

(Newser) - The world's nuclear powers are getting hauled into international court by a tiny challenger. The Marshall Islands are suing the nine nuke-equipped countries in nine cases in the Hague—though the case against the US was also filed in a San Francisco federal court, Reuters reports. The Islands hold... More »

Pakistan School Names Library After Bin Laden

'He is our hero,' Red Mosque cleric says

(Newser) - You know how memorial libraries are: They're always named after some obscure historical figure, deep-pocketed donor, or international terrorist mastermind. If that last one sounds out of place to you, you must not live in Islamabad, where a prominent Islamic seminary for girls has just renamed its library the... More »

Twisted Tale of Corpses, Cannibalism Riles Pakistan

It's not the first time the 2 brothers are accused of eating human corpses

(Newser) - The smell was foul, but the aftermath is shaping up to be much worse. The dark case that has swept Pakistan's attention, and began, sort of, with complaints to police about an unpleasant odor coming from the rural home of Muhammad Arif. Police in Punjab Province's Bhakkar district... More »

Pakistani Baby Cleared of Murder Charges

Judge decides 9-month-old should go free

(Newser) - The world's youngest fugitive is a wanted infant no more. A judge in Pakistan has dropped attempted murder charges against 9-month-old Muhammad Mosa Khan, reports the Telegraph . Images of the baby getting fingerprinted and holding his bottle in court drew international ridicule to the Pakistani justice system. Muhammad got... More »

Baby in Hiding After Attempted Murder Charge

Pakistani 9-month-old has April 12 court appearance

(Newser) - A new twist in the case of the 9-month-old Pakistani baby who has been charged with attempted murder . The infant's grandfather today tells Reuters that the child has gone into hiding, though he revealed the boy's general location: the city of Faisalabad. Why Muhammad Mosa Khan was charged... More »

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