September 25th, 2013
04:56 AM ET

238 killed in Pakistan quake; island forms

An earthquake in Pakistan, powerful enough to prompt the appearance of a small island off the coast, has killed at least 238 people, Pakistani officials said.

The 7.7-magnitude quake struck in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, but it had severe consequences.

In addition to the fatalities, around 400 people have been injured, he said. And more people are still feared to be trapped in wreckage.

The quake was strong enough to cause a mass 20 to 30 feet high to emerge from the Arabian Sea like a small mountain island off the coast of Gwadar, local police official Mozzam Jah said. A large number of people gathered to view the newly formed island, he said.

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Filed under: Pakistan • World
August 9th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

U.S. evacuates diplomats in Pakistan

The State Department has evacuated most of its diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan in response to a terrorist threat against the U.S. consulate, senior State Department and other senior U.S. officials told CNN.

"We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action," one senior U.S. official told CNN.

The State Department issued an "ordered departure" for all of its diplomats in Lahore Thursday, except for a handful of emergency personnel. The diplomats were moved to Islamabad, the nation's capital, officials said.

A travel warning issued by the State Department said the department "ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the U.S. Consulate in Lahore" and warned U.S. citizens against travel to Pakistan.

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August 6th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

5 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

Five Indian soldiers were killed when their military post in the disputed territory of Kashmir was attacked late Monday night.

Even though the Indian defense ministry stopped short of saying the Pakistani army was behind the attack, the chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir didn't mince words.

"These incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak & call in to question the Pak Govt's recent overtures," Omar Abdullah tweeted Tuesday morning.

For its part, Pakistan denied playing a part in the attack.

"No such incident has taken place," the military said.

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August 6th, 2013
01:23 AM ET

Musharraf misses court over security threat

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf failed to appear Tuesday at a court where he was due to be indicted in connection with the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf didn't travel to the hearing at an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi because intelligence services warned of credible threats against his life, said his lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri.

The Pakistani capital, Islamabad, which adjoins Rawalpindi, was put on high alert Sunday after intelligence reports suggested the possibility of a high-profile attack.

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June 21st, 2013
05:40 AM ET

At least 14 killed in Pakistan mosque bombing

At least 14 people were killed and 25 others were wounded during a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, according to a senior police official.

Shafiullah Khan told CNN the bomber shot and killed a guard at the entrance to the mosque then entered the main hall where he blew himself up while the victims were praying. The wounded were taken to Lady Reading hospital.

Friday prayers is the main gathering of the week for Muslims.

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Ex-PM may return to power in Pakistan
Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif carry portraits of him in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday.
May 13th, 2013
07:48 AM ET

Ex-PM may return to power in Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister whose government was overthrown by a military coup more than a decade ago, appears to be back on top in Pakistan, election officials have said, despite claims by other parties of vote rigging.

According to unofficial results disclosed Sunday from the country's violence-marred elections over the weekend, Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), looks to have won most of the seats in the National Assembly.

One of the country's leading industrialists and richest men, Sharif has been prime minister twice before and was overthrown in a coup when Gen. Pervez Musharraf seized power in 1999. Sharif was subsequently jailed before going into exile in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Pakistan in 2007.

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April 18th, 2013
04:58 AM ET

Pakistani court rejects Musharraf's bail

A Pakistani court has rejected bail for former President Pervez Musharraf, setting the stage for his possible arrest, his lawyer said Thursday.

Surrounded by his security detail, Musharraf left the Islamabad High Court after it issued the decision, said lawyer Ahmed Raza Qasoori. Local television showed him walking through a large crowd outside the courthouse and getting into a black SUV to return to his villa.

Musharraf resigned as president of the south Asian nation five years ago and went into exile in London and Dubai. He returned to Pakistan recently, saying he planned to contest three different court cases against him and run in upcoming elections.

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April 16th, 2013
08:04 AM ET

Powerful earthquake strikes SE Iran

At least 40 people are feared dead in Iran and seven more in Pakistan after a powerful earthquake near the countries' shared border, Iran's state-run Press TV reported Tuesday, citing local reports.

Akbar Hussain Durrani, provincial home minister of Balochistan province, told CNN that six people had been killed by the quake and more than a dozen injured in the province's Washuk district.

The quake destroyed more than 50 shops in the district, Durrani said.

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March 28th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

4 arrested in rapes of Gaza-bound aid workers

Four suspects have been arrested in Benghazi, Libya, following the alleged rape and kidnapping of two British-Pakistani women who were part of an aid convoy bound for Gaza, the Libyan Ministry of Interior said Thursday.

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March 24th, 2013
03:53 AM ET

Exiled Pakistani ex-president returns home

After more than four years of self-imposed exile, Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf landed in Karachi on Sunday despite threats of arrest and assassination.

Musharraf resigned as president of the south Asian nation five years ago, but he hopes to lead his party in May elections.

He has been living in London and Dubai, and risks possible arrest and the Pakistani Taliban have vowed to assassinate him if he returns to the nation.

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March 24th, 2013
03:01 AM ET

Blast at Pakistani checkpoint kills 17

A water tanker packed with explosives drove into a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 17 troops in the ensuing explosion, authorities said.

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Months after shooting, Malala at school
Malala Yousafzai, 15, waves as she is discharged from a hospital in central England earlier this year.
March 19th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Months after shooting, Malala at school

For the first time since the Taliban shot her five months ago, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has done what made her a target of the would-be assassins: She's gone to school.

The 15-year-old on Tuesday attended Edgbaston High School in Birmingham, England, the city in which doctors treated her after she received initial care in Pakistan, a public relations agency working with her announced.

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Pakistan makes arrest in Daniel Pearl slaying
March 19th, 2013
01:33 AM ET

Pakistan makes arrest in Daniel Pearl slaying

Pakistani officials have arrested a suspect in connection with the gruesome 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Qari Abdul Hayee is believed to be the one who facilitated Pearl's kidnapping, a senior Pakistani official said.

Pearl was kidnapped while researching a story in Karachi about Pakistani militants and the so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reid. He was later beheaded, and a video of his killing was sent to U.S. officials.

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Ex-leader Musharraf sets return to Pakistan
Musharraf led Pakistan's army before becoming president in 1999 in a bloodless military coup.
March 16th, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Ex-leader Musharraf sets return to Pakistan

Five years after he resigned as Pakistan's president and left the South Asian nation, Gen. Pervez Musharraf will return to the country intent on leading his party in upcoming elections, he announced Saturday.

Musharraf plans to fly on a commercial airline into Karachi on March 24, then attend a rally attended by 50,000 people including more than 200 Pakistani expatriates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, he said in a statement.

But whether the rest of Pakistan welcomes him back, including the authorities now heading the country, remains to be seen.

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March 15th, 2013
06:09 AM ET

U.N.: Drones kill innocent people

A group of farmers is on its way to tend to crops. Suddenly, a missile slams into its midst, thrusting shrapnel in all directions.

A CIA drone, flying so high that the farmers can't see it, has killed most of them. None of them were militants.

It's a common scenario, a United Nations human rights researcher said Friday in a statement on drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan.

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Militants kill 5 in Kashmir attack
Indian paramilitary personnel carry away a fallen comrade in Srinagar on Wednesday.
March 13th, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Militants kill 5 in Kashmir attack

Militants killed five Indian officers at a police training camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir province on Wednesday, police said.

It was the first attack in the city of Srinagar in at least three years, CNN's sister network IBN reported.

It comes a month after the execution in India of a militant from Kashmir, who led an attack on the nation's parliament in 2001, killing nine people.

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March 11th, 2013
04:17 AM ET

Blast kills 3 Pakistani army personnel

A roadside bomb killed three army personnel in Pakistan's tribal region, the military said Monday.

Two others were injured when the bomb targeted a military convoy that was on patrol in Kurram Agency.

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Pakistani Christians decry arson spree
March 10th, 2013
05:49 AM ET

Pakistani Christians decry arson spree

Outraged Pakistani Christians took to the streets of Lahore on Sunday, protesting a rash of violence against their community over the weekend.

Demonstrators denounced the burning of more than 100 homes of Christians on Saturday - a spree spurred by allegations that a Christian man made remarks against the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

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Malala on the mend, dad says
March 8th, 2013
10:01 AM ET

Malala on the mend, dad says

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot and wounded over her advocacy for the education of girls in her country, is "recovering very well, very fast," her father said in a CNN interview Friday.

Speaking in an interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, Ziauddin Yousafzai said his daughter - who he described as "strong" and "fit physically" - has had an international impact.

"When she was stopped and the militants wanted to stop her locally, they could not succeed. Because now she is a global icon for the rights of the girls...," he said. Gordon Brown, U.N. special envoy for global education, was a participant in the interview. He said July 12, Malala's 16th birthday, would become "Malala Day."

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No claim yet for Pakistan bomb that killed 42
Pakistani rescuers gather in front of the flames.
March 4th, 2013
01:47 AM ET

No claim yet for Pakistan bomb that killed 42

No group has stepped forward so far to claim responsibility for a massive car bombing in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi that killed at least 42 people over the weekend in what appeared to be the latest attack on the Shiite minority in the country.

The blast Sunday tore into nearby buildings, wounding about 145 people, and authorities warned that the death toll could rise as rescue workers continued to search for bodies amid the rubble.

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