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Rescued Climber Gave Her Shoe to Hallucination

Elisabeth Revol describes 'Killer Mountain' ordeal

(Newser) - French climber Elisabeth Revol says that as she sheltered in a crevasse on Pakistan's "Killer Mountain," she thought people were bringing her hot tea—and she felt obliged to give them one of her shoes in return. In reality, she was alone, suffering altitude-induced hallucinations as she... More »

After a Dramatic Rescue, a 'Terrible and Painful Decision'

Climber declared dead on 'Killer Mountain'

(Newser) - Climbing partners Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz are believed to have achieved their goal of reaching the summit of Pakistan's notorious "Killer Mountain" in winter—but at a terrible cost. The pair called for help from Nanga Parbat on Friday and Revol, a French national, was brought down... More »

After Girl's Death, Evidence Suggests a Serial Killer of Kids

Pakistan rocked by brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari

(Newser) - The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual... More »

He Helped Find bin Laden, Now Languishes in Jail

The AP takes a look at Shakil Afridi's ordeal

(Newser) - Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years—since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to get DNA samples from bin Laden's family as a means of pinpointing his location, aiding US Navy SEALs who tracked and killed the al-Qaeda leader. Afridi... More »

Pakistan Frees Cleric Who Helped Taliban Fight US

Court freed Sufi Mohammed on health grounds

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-US cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. Defense lawyer Fida Gul says the court set Sufi Mohammad free on health grounds, the AP reports. Mohammad,... More »

Thanks to 'Double Game,' Pakistan Loses US Aid

(Newser) - President Trump, who slammed Pakistan in his first tweet of the year , has now made good on his threat to cut off aid. The administration says it's suspending all security assistance to the country until it takes "decisive action" against Taliban and Haqqani militants on its territory targeting... More »

Trump Slams Pakistan, Iran in First Tweets of Year

He says Iran is 'failing at every level'

(Newser) - If President Trump's New Year's resolution was to get tough on Pakistan and Iran, he's off to a great start. If it was to tone down his use of Twitter, not so much. Trump laid into Pakistan in his first tweet of the year, saying the US... More »

17 Dead After Woman Allegedly Poisons Husband's Milk

Police say she wanted to 'avenge' her forced marriage

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman in Pakistan has been charged with murder after police say she poisoned her husband's milk and ended up inadvertently killing 17 people, the AP reports. According to the Independent , Asiya Bibi (also reported as Aasia Bibi) was forced to marry a 25-year-old man against her will... More »

If This Is Malala, She's Taking a Lot of Heat for This Photo

Commenters are bashing woman resembling Pakistani activist for her Western-style clothing

(Newser) - Malala Yousafzai has fought for women's rights and children's education rights, and now she may have to speak out on her right to wear whatever she wants. The Telegraph reports that the 20-year-old Oxford University student and Nobel Prize laureate, who fell under the international limelight after she... More »

Rescued Hostage Has Harsh Words for US Interests

And Joshua Boyle says kidnappers killed one of his children

(Newser) - US-Canadian couple Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle landed in Canada late Friday, five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan, the AP reports. They arrived with their three young children, who were all born in captivity. Coleman and Boyle were rescued Wednesday , five years after they had been abducted by... More »

During Dramatic Rescue, a Shout of 'Kill the Hostages'

But Canadian-American abductees were freed; they may wind up living in Canada

(Newser) - Hidden in the trunk of a car traveling through northwest Pakistan Wednesday, a US-Canadian family of five suddenly heard gunfire, followed by a cry from one of their abductors. "Kill the hostages," the man shouted, per the New York Times . After a short firefight, however, Pakistani forces pulled... More »

5 Years, 3 Kids Later, Couple Is Freed From Taliban Group

American Caitlan Coleman, family are 'safe and sound'

(Newser) - An American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children born during five years in Taliban captivity are finally free. Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle, both in their 30s, and their three children were rescued by Pakistani security forces shortly after the family crossed into the country on Wednesday, Pakistan'... More »

Teens in Honor Killing Were Electrocuted: Authorities

The 15-year-old and 17-year-old had sought to elope

(Newser) - Authorities believe a teen couple murdered last month in Pakistan was killed by electrocution—an extremely rare method of death in so-called honor killings, the BBC reports. The bodies of a 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy were exhumed from a grave site in Karachi, and a postmortem examination was conducted... More »

Earliest Known Use of Zero Found by Farmer in Pakistan

The Bakhshali manuscript dates to the 3rd or 4th century

(Newser) - When it comes to mathematics, zero is not nothing. And thanks to new research and some carbon dating, we now know "zero" as we know it was invented a whole lot earlier than we thought. "Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used... More »

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 »

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