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Pakistani embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal


NEW YORK - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust.

Gunmen in Pakistan kill professor who faced blasphemy accusations

ISLAMABAD - Unidentified gunmen on Thursday shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views, police said.  

World, 18 Sep 2014

Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India

MULTAN Pakistan - Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia's most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives.

Top News, World 17 Sep 2014

Pakistan's PM threatens to clear protesters camped in capital

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, weakened by weeks of demonstrations calling for him to resign, threatened on Wednesday to clear a protest camp established more than a month ago outside government offices in Islamabad.

Top News, World 17 Sep 2014

Afghan election crisis talks stall over release of vote results

KABUL - Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday.

Top News, World 17 Sep 2014

New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack

ISLAMABAD - Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group.

Top News, World, 17 Sep 2014

Angry Pakistani passengers throw politician off plane

ISLAMABAD - Fed up with constant delays and flight cancellations, disgruntled Pakistani passengers prevented a senior politician from boarding an airplane after he turned up at least two hours late for the flight.

World, 17 Sep 2014

Bangladesh top court commutes Islamist leader's death sentence

DHAKA - Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment a death sentence for a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes during the country's war of liberation in 1971.

World, Top News 17 Sep 2014

FEATURE - World Cup 2022 the ultimate goal for reborn Afghanistan

LONDON - The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been beset by controversy, but for the visionaries bringing soccer back to life in Afghanistan it represents a shining, magical light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.

17 Sep 2014

Afghan rivals said close to ending feud on how to share power

KABUL - Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates may reach a deal on how to share power late on Tuesday, according to Afghan and Western officials, potentially ending months of tension over the outcome of a run-off election held in June.

World 16 Sep 2014

India-Pakistan border flare-up a zero-sum game

At places along the Line of Control (LoC), barely a wire separates the Indian soldier and his Pakistani counterpart. The genesis of the recent flare-up was the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Indian side of the LoC. The media blitz in Delhi found more fodder with a spike in infiltration attempts and exchange of fire beyond the LoC at posts across the international border.

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