Nov 2, 2013

Man claims he told U.S. of bin Laden home in '03

AP — A U.S. businessman says he told federal investigators the location of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan years before the al-Qaida leader’s assassination and is seeking a $25 million reward. A letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press from a Chicago-based law ...

U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

Nov 2, 2013

U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

A U.S. drone strike Friday killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, delivering a major blow to the group after the government said it had started peace talks with the insurgents, according to intelligence officials and militant commanders. Mehsud, who was on ...

Nov 1, 2013

Pakistan airports to get security gear

Japan has extended Pakistan a $20 million grant for installation of security equipment at airports serving Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to help them meet international requirements. “Our assistance to Pakistan has been broadened to a security sphere,” Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata said at a ...

U.S. keeps Pakistani officials in loop on drone strikes

Oct 24, 2013

U.S. keeps Pakistani officials in loop on drone strikes

Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. The ...

Human rights groups slam U.S. drone program for civilian casualties

Oct 23, 2013

Human rights groups slam U.S. drone program for civilian casualties

The United States on Tuesday defended drone strikes targeting al-Qaida operatives and others it deems enemies, rejecting reports by two human-rights groups questioning the legality of strikes they asserted have killed or wounded scores of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan. Human Rights Watch alleged ...

Oct 13, 2013

Pakistan Army chief supports dialogue with Taliban

Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, on Saturday said the army supports the government’s policy of dialogue with the Taliban to end the insurgency wracking the country. Last month the main Pakistani political parties backed a government proposal to seek negotiations with the ...

Oct 11, 2013

U.S. 'forcibly' took custody of militant leader, Afghans say

The United States recently seized a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, snatching him from the custody of Afghan intelligence operatives who had spent months trying to recruit him as an interlocutor for peace talks, Afghan government officials charged Thursday. Latif Mehsud, an ...

Oct 10, 2013

Pakistani Taliban chief still open to peace talks

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud said Wednesday he is still open to peace talks, but that the country’s new government has not taken any serious steps to start a dialogue. Mehsud, who has a $5 million U.S. government bounty on his head, said he ...

Schoolgirls pray Malala wins Nobel

| Oct 7, 2013

Schoolgirls pray Malala wins Nobel

In Malala Yousafzai’s hometown in Pakistan, school friends hope to see her win the Nobel Peace Prize this week — but they dream in secret, under pressure from a society deeply ambivalent about the teenage activist. Malala, who survived being shot by the Taliban ...

Pakistan Army chief announces he will retire next month

Oct 7, 2013

Pakistan Army chief announces he will retire next month

Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the powerful head of the Pakistan Army, said Sunday he will retire at the end of November, clearing the way for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to select a replacement while maintaining the balance of power between civilian and military leadership. With ...

Sep 30, 2013

China kids know the logos used for smokes

Nearly nine in 10 children in China can identify a cigarette logo, according to a U.S. study out Monday that measured tobacco recognition among typical 5- and 6-year-olds in various countries. The study in the journal Pediatrics covered six nations — Brazil, India, Nigeria, ...