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COVID Likely Killed White Tiger Cubs

They died at a Pakistani zoo

(Newser) - Officials at a Pakistani zoo believe COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two white tiger cubs. The 11-week-old cubs died at the Lahore Zoo on Jan. 30, Reuters reports, four days after beginning treatment for presumed cases of feline panleukopenia virus, which, per the Washington Post , is a “fairly...

With 3 Climbers Missing, the Rest Are Forced Down K2

Pakistan suspends winter ascents, effective immediately

(Newser) - Climbers managed to reach the top of the world's second-highest mountain in winter for the first time in January , but no more will be able to attempt it. Pakistani authorities on Wednesday suspended all winter ascents of K2, effective immediately, after three climbers went missing while attempting to scale...

Man Who Admitted Role in Daniel Pearl Killing Is Acquitted

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, 3 others likely to go free

(Newser) - Four men who've spent 18 years in prison for orchestrating the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl were acquitted by Pakistan's highest court on Thursday, and are now set to go free. That includes British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to...

No One Has Climbed K2 in Winter. This Year, 55 Will Try

Push is on to claim 'one of mountaineering's last great prizes'

(Newser) - About 1 in 4 people who climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain, die in the process. That's compared to about 4% of those who climb Mount Everest, which is 800 feet taller but less of a challenge for mountaineers. And the 28,251-foot-tall K2 is the only one...

Another Season of Taboo Talk on Tap for Pakistani Women

Kickstarter campaign saves digital talk show

(Newser) - Kanwal Ahmed has given women in Pakistan a forum to talk about topics that are considered taboo in that religiously and socially conservative country. And thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, she’ll have the opportunity to keep doing it. In just a week, she raised more than $30,000...

Court Orders Release of Alleged Daniel Pearl Killer

Pakistan government is appealing acquittal

(Newser) - A provincial court in Pakistan on Thursday ordered the man charged in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl freed, his defense lawyer said. The Sindh High Court’s release order overturns a decision by Pakistan’s top court that Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the key suspect in Pearl’...

Here's Why Cher Just Rushed to Pakistan

Singer is there to celebrate departure of 'world's loneliest elephant' from Islamabad zoo

(Newser) - Iconic singer and actress Cher is in Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the "world's loneliest elephant," who will soon leave a Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and activists. Because of security concerns, Cher's schedule was...

Macron Interview Sparks Fiery Protests

Anti-France demonstrations take place in Pakistan, Lebanon, and India

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters in Pakistan on Sunday burned effigies of France's leader and chanted anti-French slogans, as President Emmanuel Macron tried to send a message of understanding to Muslims around the world. The demonstrations, which followed anti-France protests across the Muslim world last week, came after Macron's interview...

'World's Loneliest Elephant' Is Given a New Life

Kaavan has attracted the attention of celebrities and animal activists

(Newser) - An elephant who has become a cause celebre for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave his Pakistani zoo and transferred to better conditions, the animal welfare group helping with the case said Saturday. Dubbed the 'world's loneliest elephant' by his supporters, Kaavan has...

Gunmen Stage Deadly Attack at Stock Exchange

4 rush building in Karachi, Pakistan, are shot dead by cops after killing multiple people

(Newser) - The death toll is still murky, but an attack Monday on a Pakistan stock exchange building in the country's largest city has left multiple people dead and several injured. The BBC reports the attack started in Karachi when four gunmen wielding automatic rifles drove up in a silver Toyota...

Pakistan Unearths Alarming Stat About Its Pilots

About 1 in 3 have a bogus license

(Newser) - More than 30% of commercial pilots in Pakistan aren't qualified to fly and carry a fake license, according to the country's aviation minister. While faulting pilot error in last month's plane crash that killed a total of 98 people in Karachi, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said...

Pakistan PM: US 'Martyred' bin Laden

Imran Khan says partnering with US in war on terror was a mistake

(Newser) - Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that the United States "martyred" al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a term that reflected a subtle stab at Washington as it's mainly used for honorable figures slain in battle. Imran Khan delivered the stab in a rambling budget speech in parliament, attacking...

'Human Error' to Blame in Plane Crash That Killed 97

Pakistan faults overconfident pilot and air traffic control

(Newser) - Pakistan's aviation minister said Wednesday that "human error" on the part of the pilot, the co-pilot, and air traffic control caused last month's plane crash in Karachi that killed 97 people on board. The announcement shed new light on the tragedy after Pakistani investigators had earlier said...

Plane Crash Survivor: Here's What Happened

Mohammad Zubair talks to the press

(Newser) - When the plane jolted violently, Mohammad Zubair thought it was turbulence. Then the pilot came on the intercom to warn that the landing could be "troublesome." Moments later, the Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed into a crowded neighborhood near Karachi's international airport, killing 97 people, all of...

At Least 2 Somehow Survived Jet Crash

One is a prominent Pakistani banker

(Newser) - There's a lot we don't know about Friday's crash of a Pakistani passenger jet into a Karachi neighborhood, including the number of casualties. But one number was resonating in the aftermath of the tragedy: two. That would be the number of passengers so far known to have...

Reports of Survivors Emerge After Passenger Jet Crash

Plane had 107 aboard when went down in congested area of Karachi, Pakistan

(Newser) - A passenger plane with 107 people on board crashed in a crowded neighborhood on the edge of the international airport near Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Friday after what appeared to be an engine failure during landing. Mayor Wasim Akhtar said at least five or six houses...

Man Suspected of Killing Girls Over a Kiss Is Arrested

Police investigating whether victims' relatives were involved

(Newser) - The man accused of carrying out the honor killings of two of his female cousins in Pakistan over a video of them being kissed is now in custody following a five-day manhunt. Muhammad Aslam has been arrested on charges that he shot the women, ages 18 and 16, last week...

Man in Video That Led to Girls' Murders Arrested

Pakistan police say alleged killer is still at large

(Newser) - A man who allegedly filmed himself kissing two teenage cousins in Pakistan has been arrested—but the man accused of murdering the girls in a so-called "honor killing" is still at large. Police say 28-year-old Umar Ayaz has been charged with making the video, the BBC reports. The girls...

Less Than a Minute of Footage Was Posted. 2 Girls Died

Teens murdered in 'honor killings' in Pakistan

(Newser) - Less than a minute of footage allegedly showing two teen Pakistani girls in a secluded area with a young man was posted online. Now those two girls are dead. Male relatives allegedly shot the girls, ages 16 and 18, this week in a so-called "honor killing," the Guardian...

Court: 4 Men Jailed in Murder of WSJ Reporter Are Innocent

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, 3 others could go free in Pakistan

(Newser) - The four men jailed in Pakistan for the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl are set to walk free. British national Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh has been awaiting the outcome of an appeal since he was sentenced to death for murder, terrorism, and kidnapping for...

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