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ISLAMABAD | AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

ISLAMABAD— 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. The minority, among Pakistan’s poorest, has faced an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. The … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Taliban officials say they held “general discussions” with Washington‘s special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war. The officials, who spoke to the Associated Press on Saturday on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the process, said … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  — Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday. A former U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan from … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | US envoy on Afghan peace takes his mission to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan orders 18 international aid groups closed

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan ordered 18 international aid organizations to close, threatening the assistance they provide to some of the country’s most vulnerable, international aid workers said Friday. The majority of the shuttered aid groups are U.S.-based, while the remainder are from Britain and the European Union, according to a government list, which was seen by The … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan orders 18 international aid groups closed

KABUL, Afghanistan | US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mattis met with senior … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul