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Bin Laden Wrote About Ditching Pakistan Compound

Just months before he was killed in 2011 raid

(Newser) - Yesterday, secret documents from a "treasure trove" Osama bin Laden kept in his Pakistan hideout were released, and today, another revelation has emerged from some of that correspondence. Feeling isolated and missing family, bin Laden confessed in a letter that he was thinking about splitting Abbottabad and joining up... More »

Secret Osama Docs Released: Love Notes, Dentist Fears

'Treasure trove' also confirms bin Laden's obsession with attacking US

(Newser) - The Navy SEALs didn't just take out Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011—they also retrieved hundreds of documents from his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout that have reportedly been described by officials as a "treasure trove" of info about the al-Qaeda leader. The Office of the Director of... More »

Pakistan Diploma Mill Makes Millions With Fake Degrees

CEO of shady software company only paid 26 cents in income tax last year

(Newser) - "I had a gut feeling that it was not right." That was what Yasir Jamshaid felt when he started working for Axact, a Pakistani software firm. It turns out his sixth sense was correct, according to a New York Times exposé that reveals a company apparently bringing in... More »

43 Ismailis Slaughtered on Pakistan Bus

19 injured in attack perhaps carried out by ISIS

(Newser) - At least 43 Ismaili Shia Muslims were killed and up to 19 others were injured today when gunmen boarded a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, and opened fire. Officials say six men on motorcycles, dressed as policemen, stopped the bus as it traveled from a gated community home to many Ismailis.... More »

Ambassadors, Wives Killed in Pakistan Helicopter Crash

Taliban claims it shot down aircraft full of envoys

(Newser) - The ambassadors to Pakistan from the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the ambassadors from Malaysia and Indonesia were killed today when an army helicopter carrying foreign dignitaries made a crash landing in the country's north, the military says. An army spokesman says the Mi-17 helicopter made the... More »

10 Will Serve Life for Malala Attack

Gunmen who shot her aren't among those convicted

(Newser) - Ten men will serve 25 years in prison, Pakistan's equivalent of a life sentence, for the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai and her classmates. Members of the terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were convicted and sentenced in an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan yesterday, Al Jazeera reports. Arrested in September, they... More »

China to Build a Direct Path to Indian Ocean

Chinese to announce $45B investment in Pakistani energy, infrastructure

(Newser) - China doesn't touch the Indian Ocean, but it soon intends to have access to it. Chinese president Xi Jinping is currently on a two-day trip to Pakistan to finalize a big investment in its links with its neighbor: $45 billion to be spent on energy and infrastructure projects, the... More »

Asteroid Named After Anti-Taliban Activist

Malala Yousafzai honored by NASA researcher

(Newser) - A dark rock you might spot orbiting the sun every 5.5 years now has its own name: 316201 Malala (2010 ML48) . The part we all understand—Malala—refers to Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, 17, who drew the world's attention by defying Taliban rule... More »

Suspect in Mumbai Attacks Sprung From Pakistan Jail

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi freed from Islamabad-area prison pending his trial

(Newser) - Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected Pakistani mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks , was freed from a jail near Islamabad today, following a court order that he be set free pending trial. Lakhvi was said to be the operations chief for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organization blamed for the 2008 attacks. It's unclear... More »

Why a Supermodel Ended Up in a Pakistani Jail

Ayyan Ali's trouble stems from a suitcase filled with half-a-million dollars

(Newser) - You'd expect to hear about a supermodel frequenting bars, not being behind them, but the latter is Ayyan Ali's current situation. The 23-year-old is a supermodel in Pakistan, and she's been jailed in the country since March 14 following her arrest at the Islamabad airport. The BBC... More »

Pakistan: Man Slaughtered 10 Over Failed Proposal

Suspect had reportedly killed his parents months earlier

(Newser) - A dispute over a marriage proposal in Pakistan resulted in a staggering body count, according to police in Khyber Pakhtunkwha province. Police say Gul Ahmed, enraged by a failed engagement to his cousin Naveeda Bibi, killed his uncle, aunt, and eight cousins, including Naveeda, yesterday morning, the AP reports. The... More »

Dozens Die in Bus-Tanker Crash

Tanker driver flees after Pakistan crash kills 57

(Newser) - A passenger bus crashed into an oil tanker in southern Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least 57 people and leaving their remains charred beyond recognition, officials say. The chief of the emergency department at a Karachi medical center says they have received 57 bodies and treated four injured survivors. She... More »

Spies Could've Halted 'India's 9/11,' Failed to Connect Dots

Scads of 2008 surveillance data, but no one put it together: investigation

(Newser) - British, American, and Indian intelligence operatives all separately picked out elements of a possible major terror plot by autumn of 2008, but their inability to connect the dots led to what the New York Times calls one of "the most devastating near-misses in the history of spycraft"—the... More »

Pakistan Makes Arrests in School Massacre

Numerous 'facilitators' in custody, government says

(Newser) - Pakistan isn't just killing militants by the dozen after last week's school massacre , it's arresting some as well. The country's interior minister says "quite a few" people "who were facilitators in one way or the other" are now in custody over the attack that... More »

On Heels of School Massacre, Pakistan Kills Dozens

67 militant deaths include 32 killed in ambush

(Newser) - Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said today, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people—most of them children—in a school massacre that stunned the country and brought cries for retaliation. The military says ground forces killed... More »

Pakistani Children Recount Stories of Survival, Horror

'I will never forget the black boots approaching me'

(Newser) - As Pakistan begins to bury its children , more stories are emerging from yesterday's Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar: of survival, and of horror. Some of them:
  • Among the children who survived: those who pretended they were dead, even after being shot. Bloomberg talks to Syed Basit Naqvi,
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Pakistan Buries 132 Children, Vows Revenge

Even Afghan Taliban condemn Peshawar massacre

(Newser) - "We will take revenge for each and every drop of our children's blood," Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed as funerals began for 132 children slaughtered in a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar yesterday. Sharif said there would be three days of national mourning for... More »

'My Dream Has Been Killed': 100 Pakistan Kids Massacred

Gunmen stormed Peshawar military school

(Newser) - At least 145 people, more than 100 of them children and teenagers, are dead in a massacre today after nine Taliban gunmen rampaged through a Pakistani public military school in what's being called the worst such attack in years. The chaotic scene in Peshawar began early today with militants,... More »

Actress Sentenced to 26 Years Over TV Scene

Veena Malik, her husband, and 2 others convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan

(Newser) - A Pakistani court disliked a segment on a TV show so much that it sentenced a Bollywood actress, her husband, and two others to prison for 26 years for blasphemy, reports the Independent . The trouble began when Veena Malik and her new husband appeared on a live daytime show on... More »

Pregnant Woman's Father to Die for Her 'Honor Killing'

Farzana Parveen's father, brother, cousins will appeal

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has sentenced a father, brother, and two cousins to death after they used stones and bricks to murder a pregnant relative who married without the family's consent. The decision came yesterday, months after Farzana Parveen 's "honor killing" outside a Lahore courthouse in May... More »

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