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Ready to Talk About Feminism: an All-Male Panel

2 women have since been added to event in Pakistan after major pushback

(Newser) - When the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi named an upcoming event "Feminism: The Other Perspective," it soon became clear that "other perspective" was uncomfortably accurate: The panel set to meet Friday was male only. The blowback in a country already known for being overly patriarchal was instant... More »

More Than 70 Killed in Fire Caused by Stove on Train

Passengers in Pakistan jumped to their deaths

(Newser) - A massive fire caused by a cooking gas stove erupted on Thursday on a train traveling in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, killing at least 71 passengers, officials say. Flames roared through the train cars as the train approached the town of Liaquatpur in Punjab, they said, the latest tragedy... More »

Verdict Is In on Murder of 'Pakistan's Kim Kardashian'

Model Qandeel Baloch's brother is found guilty in apparent 'honor killing'

(Newser) - He was accused of strangling his own sister to death, a killing that led to calls of revenge from his father and spurred a renewed debate about "honor killings" in Pakistan. Now, a verdict: Reuters reports Muhammad Waseem was found guilty on Friday of murdering 26-year-old fashion model Qandeel... More »

Nobel Committee Is Unfair, Trump Says

President says he deserves the honor, unlike Obama, but doesn't expect it

(Newser) - President Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize but didn't deserve it. President Trump deserves one but won't get it. That's how Trump sees the situation, he said Monday at the UN. "I think I'm going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things,... More »

White House: Son of Osama bin Laden Has Been Killed

Details are still unclear on what exactly happened to Hamza bin Laden and when

(Newser) - The White House says Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaeda leader who'd become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, has been killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A White House statement gives no further details, such as when Hamza bin... More »

Uproar in Kashmir After India Takes 'Illegal Steps'

PM Narendra Modi revokes special status, cuts internet and phone services in restive region

(Newser) - India's government revoked disputed Kashmir's special status with a presidential order Monday as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the restive Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule. Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation amid an uproar in... More »

Politician Tweets Praise for Pilot's Feat ... in 'GTA 5'

'GTA 5' does have pretty realistic graphics—enough to fool this Pakistani politician

(Newser) - "Narrow escape of an aircraft which could have ended in a great disaster. Miraculous save by the pilot's presence of mind." Any pilot would be pleased to receive such kudos from a high-up politician. But Vice reports there was one problem when Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, secretary-general of... More »

Politician's Press Conference Becomes Bit of a Cat-astrophe

Cat filter was accidentally turned on as Pakistan's Shaukat Yousafzai spoke

(Newser) - An incident in Pakistan last Friday really put the "owwwww" into meow. CNN reports regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was live-streaming a press conference when a Facebook cat filter was accidentally enabled, giving Yousafzai cat ears, a feline nose, and whiskers—unbeknownst to him (see an image here ). Facebook... More »

Pakistan Doctor Blamed for Hundreds of HIV Infections

More than 500 children have tested positive in district

(Newser) - More than 600 people, including at least 500 children between 2 months and 12 years old, have tested positive for HIV in a rural district in southern Pakistan—and authorities suspect a single doctor is to blame for most of the infections. Authorities say most of the infected children in... More »

Christian Woman Acquitted of Blasphemy Leaves Pakistan

Asia Bibi case sparked riots

(Newser) - A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has left for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said Wednesday. Asia Bibi, also known as Aasia Bibi, was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 after a... More »

One-Eyed Leader Was Hiding Under Our Noses: Report

Mullah Mohammad Omar may have been smoking his local tobacco near a US base

(Newser) - The Taliban's founder may have been hiding in plain sight—or at least near a US base—when America thought he was really in Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal reports. A new research-based report says Mullah Mohammad Omar spent his final years in Afghanistan, partly with his driver, and... More »

Bodies of Missing Climbers Found on 'Killer Mountain'

Searchers confirm silhouettes spotted on Nanga Parbat are bodies of Tom Ballard, Daniele Nardi

(Newser) - Two weeks after they went missing on the world's ninth-tallest mountain , the bodies of British climber Tom Ballard and Italian Daniele Nardi have been found on Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's so-called "Killer Mountain," reports the Guardian . Wrote Italy's ambassador to Pakistan: "With great sadness I... More »

Critics: Trevor Noah Clip on India, Pakistan Was 'Racist'

'Daily Show' host said full-out war between 2 countries would be 'the most entertaining'

(Newser) - As tensions continue between India and Pakistan, with both sides claiming deaths from shelling , the perspective of one outsider hasn't been appreciated by either. Comedian Trevor Noah is now apologizing for what some are calling a "racist" and "insensitive" segment last week on The Daily Show that... More »

Both Sides in India-Pakistan Conflict Claim Shelling Deaths

Tensions continue after Indian fighter pilot released by Pakistan

(Newser) - A Pakistani government official says Indian troops with heavy weapons have "indiscriminately targeted border villagers" along the two nations' Line of Control in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a boy and wounding three others. The official, Umar Azam, said Saturday that Pakistani troops are "befittingly" responding to... More »

Pakistan Keeps Promise, Lets Indian Fighter Pilot Go

Abhinandan Varthaman upon returning to India: 'It is good to be back'

(Newser) - Imran Khan has kept his promise. On Thursday, Pakistan's prime minister vowed to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who'd been captured after his MiG-21 jet was shot down Wednesday by a Pakistani fighter over the disputed Kashmir territory. And on Friday, Khan made good, with video showing the... More »

In 5 Days, No Word From Climbers on 'Killer Mountain'

Tom Ballard, Daniele Nardi last known to be between Camps 3 and 4

(Newser) - A snow-covered tent has been the only possible sign of two climbers missing on the world's ninth-highest mountain since Sunday. A flash of reddish-orange fabric amid a sea of white was spotted Thursday during a helicopter search of Pakistan's 26,660-foot Nanga Parbat, which also turned up evidence... More »

Pakistan to India: Here's Our 'Goodwill Gesture'

As closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

(Newser) - Pakistan's prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian jetfighter pilot the following day, a move that could help defuse the most-serious confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement in an... More »

Tensions Increase as India Demands Pakistan Free Pilot

Video shows prisoner blindfolded and bloody

(Newser) - India has demanded that Pakistan release a fighter pilot shot down Wednesday over Kashmir, after a video was released showing the man blindfolded and bloody. India called the video a "vulgar display of an injured personnel," the BBC reports. Pakistan said the pilot was being "treated as... More »

Serious Escalation: Pakistan Says It Has Indian Pilot

Violence called 'most serious escalation' of countries' long-simmering conflict since 1999

(Newser) - Pakistan's military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals to a level unseen in the last two decades. The military's spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, originally said two pilots were... More »

Attack on Convoy Is Deadliest in Kashmir History

Car bombing killed 41 Indian soldiers

(Newser) - The death toll from a car bombing on a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir has climbed to 41, becoming the single deadliest attack in the divided region's volatile history, security officials said Friday. A local Kashmiri militant rammed an explosive-laden van into the convoy along a key highway Thursday.... More »

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