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Reports: Christian acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pakistan

Pakistani media say Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters. Continue reading

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Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance. Continue reading

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Back home, Afghan veterans of Syria war seen as Iran’s pawns

An impoverished teenager, Mehdi, joined the wave of Afghans who left their homeland, dreaming of reaching Europe to find work. Continue reading

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Afghans recruited by Iran for Syria war return home pariahs

Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. Continue reading

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Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?

The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many questions remain unanswered. Continue reading

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Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

On the congested streets of Bahawalpur, a city in southern Pakistan’s jihadi heartland, emotions run high in favor of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a U.N.-designated terror group that recently pushed nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Continue reading

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AP Explains: Pakistan-based militant group sparks tensions

When a suicide bomber blew himself up in India’s insurgency-wracked Kashmir region on Feb. 14, killing more than 40 soldiers, the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was quick to take responsibility. Continue reading

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Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services. Continue reading

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A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about US withdrawal

The spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani says the withdrawal of half of the 14,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan will have little impact on the fighting capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces. Continue reading

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Taliban say talks focused on US withdrawal from Afghanistan

The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday. Continue reading

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Taliban say they’re meeting US officials again on Monday

The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-… Continue reading

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Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China’s heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa. Continue reading

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Pakistan kicks out 18 charities after rejecting final appeal

Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said Thursday would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis and lead to tens of millions of aid doll… Continue reading

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AP Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan

The assault on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was the latest in a series of attacks on China’s growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars’ worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the country’s r… Continue reading

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Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday. Continue reading

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Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

Pakistan released two Taliban officials on Monday during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan. Continue reading

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Fake images show acquitted Christian woman leaving Pakistan

The Pakistani government, already struggling with a crisis surrounding Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after eight years on death row, now has to deal with “fake” images on social media purporting to show her leaving the co… Continue reading

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AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection — has drawn attention to the plight of the country’s Christians. Continue reading

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Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy freed in Pakistan

A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy was released but her whereabouts in Islamabad on Thursday remained a closely guarded secret in the wake of demands by radical Islamists that she be publicly executed. Continue reading

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AP Interview: Karzai welcomes Gitmo 5 into peace discussion

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who still wields considerable influence in today’s Afghanistan despite being out of office for four years, said Thursday he welcomes the entry of five Taliban leaders who were freed from the U.S. military prison at… Continue reading

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