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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 »

Dozens Killed in Pakistan Hospital Bombing

Blast hit soon after lawyer's body brought in

(Newser) - A bomb has exploded at a government-run hospital in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, killing at least 42 people. A senior police official says that dozens more people were wounded in the Monday explosion, which took place shortly after the body of a lawyer killed in a shooting attack... More »

Family Implodes After Son Kills Sister Model for Honor

Qandeel Baloch's sister, cousin have now been arrested; parents want revenge on son

(Newser) - It wasn't just controversial photos that led to Qandeel Baloch's murder . The mother of "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" claims her son killed her 26-year-old daughter only after he was taunted by friends. "They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonor," she... More »

Pakistani Man Mutilated, Murdered in 'Honor Killing'

Allah Ditta had his lips, nose, and arms cut off by attackers because he was having an affair

(Newser) - In an incident as relatively rare as it is relentlessly horrific, a 24-year-old man is dead following an "honor killing" Tuesday in Pakistan, CNN reports. Married man Allah Ditta was having an affair with a married woman. According to Daily Pakistan , the unnamed woman had previously tried to elope... More »

Pakistani Police Take 'Rare Step' in Case of Murdered Star

A prominent cleric also is being investigated in the killing

(Newser) - Pakistan's so-called blood-money laws won't help Waseem Azeem avoid punishment in the death of his sister, 26-year-old fashion model and social media star Qandeel Baloch. That's because police took the "rare step" of becoming the main complainant in the case, the Guardian reports. Under the "... More »

Brother Busted in Model's Honor Killing: 'No Regrets'

Pakistani admits strangling sister who posted controversial pictures on social media

(Newser) - The brother of the model dubbed "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" has admitted killing Qandeel Baloch for "honor," reports al Jazeera , and he doesn't exactly sound filled with remorse. "I have no regrets," Muhammad Wasim told a press conference Sunday, following his arrest. Wasim says... More »

Brother Allegedly Murders 'Pakistan's Kim Kardashian'

Qandeel Baloch defied country's conservative norms

(Newser) - Pakistani fashion model Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a Muslim cleric on social media, was strangled to death by her brother in a suspected "honor killing," police say. Her parents told police one of her six brothers strangled her to death... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan, India From Flash Floods

In one northern Pakistan village, an entire mosque was swept away

(Newser) - Bad weather is keeping rescuers in Pakistan from helping survivors and recovering bodies after torrential monsoon rains caused flash floods that swept away homes, an army post, and a mosque Saturday into Sunday, killing dozens, CNN and the BBC report. And many others are feared missing, with an official in... More »

After Daughter Elopes, Mother Burns Her to Death

Zeenat Rafiq was doused in kerosene and set on fire

(Newser) - A Punjabi mother in Lahore, Pakistan, was so enraged when her daughter married an ethnic Pashtun that she tricked her into returning home, doused her with kerosene, and set her on fire, reports the Guardian . "After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl... More »

Dozens Report Sexual Assaults at German Festival

More women are expected to come forward

(Newser) - Some 26 women have filed sexual assault complaints following a music festival in Darmstadt, Germany—and another 15 are expected to come forward. The 26 victims reported being "surrounded" by men who "touched and fondled" them at the Schlossgrabenfest on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Another 15 were... More »

Law Would Require Husbands to Beat Wives Who Refuse Sex

But it probably won't be passed

(Newser) - Meanwhile in Pakistan: A constitutional body, NBC reports, has put forth legislation that would legally require men to “lightly beat” their wives should they decline sex. The 160-page draft enumerates several other instances that would call for “limited violence,” including:
  • A wife’s failure to wear clothes
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US May Get Sued for Dronestrike on Taliban Chief

His driver's family says he was innocent, seeking legal action

(Newser) - A DNA test has confirmed that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike, Pakistan's interior ministry said Sunday, as the family of a driver killed in the strike sought legal action. On Sunday, the family of Mansour's driver—identified as Mohammed Azam—... More »

US Airstrike May Have Killed Taliban Leader Mullah Mansour

The drone strike took place on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

(Newser) - The Pentagon has announced that the US has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, the AP reports. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a... More »

Sweetshop Owner Allegedly Kills Dozens With Poisoned Treats

Authorities say he wanted revenge on his brother

(Newser) - Authorities say the co-owner of a sweetshop in Pakistan confessed to killing dozens of people with pesticide-laced treats in an effort to teach his older brother a lesson, AFP reports. According to the BBC , 18-year-old Khalid Mahmood owns the sweetshop with his older brother Tariq, who he says "beat... More »

Each Night, These Brothers Become Paralyzed

Fine during the day, they can't eat, talk, or even open their eyes at night

(Newser) - Two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids," in a case that has completely mystified Pakistani doctors. Aged 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day. But once the sun goes down, they both lapse into a vegetative state—unable to... More »

CIA 'Thought Pakistan Poisoned Spy Chief'

He had to leave after 2011 medical crisis

(Newser) - The relationship between the CIA and its Pakistani counterpart around the time of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden wasn't just bad, it may have been murderous, sources tell the Washington Post . Mark Kelton, the CIA's Pakistan station chief in 2011, was violently ill with unexplained stomach... More »

Girl, 16, Killed by Village Elders After Helping Friend Elope

'An extreme act of barbarism'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl was brutally murdered by her village's elders for helping a friend elope last week in Pakistan, the Telegraph reports. A police officer says the village of Makol decided to end the practice of "love marriages," and—according to the Washington Post —the marriage... More »

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