January 28th, 2013
07:43 AM ET

One dead as violence continues to spill into Egypt's Tahrir Square

[Posted at 7:41 a.m. ET] A pedestrian was shot and killed this morning near Tahrir Square, two officials from Egypt's health ministry and interior health ministry told CNN. It is not clear who shot him.

[Posted at 6:53 a.m. ET] Egypt's latest wave of violence spilled into a fourth day Monday, as sporadic clashes erupted over new measures to clamp down on fighting.


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December 6th, 2012
07:32 AM ET

Tanks deployed near presidential palace after deaths mount in Egypt protests

The fallout from President Mohamed Morsy's sweeping power grab in Egypt has spiraled into more deaths, another key defection and a scene that resembles a war zone.

Tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the area near the presidential palace Thursday, trying to bring some calm to the country's latest center of turmoil.

Piles of rubble and burned cars littered the streets. The front doors of nearby storefronts were smashed in.

Five people have been killed and 446 injured in deadly clashes between pro- and anti-Morsy demonstrators outside the palace, the Egyptian health ministry said Thursday. At least 35 police officers are among the injured, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

Car bomb kills 3, injures 18 outside Pakistani paramilitary HQ
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a government paramilitary base in Karachi on November 8.
November 7th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Car bomb kills 3, injures 18 outside Pakistani paramilitary HQ

[Updated 5:24 a.m.] A military spokesman said 3 people have died due to the blast. The injured toll stands at 18. 

[Updated 11:48 p.m.]  Military spokesman Major Bilal Farooq said 21 Rangers were injured; 11 were evacuated to a hospital; 3 are in critical condition. He condemned the attack as a "cowardly act."

[Updated 11:24 p.m.] Javed Odho, a senior Karachi police official, that it was a suicide attack. A truck carrying more than 100 kg (220 lbs) of explosive material hit a gate of Rangers headquarter.


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May 31st, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Pakistani Taliban vows to kill bin Laden doctor

The Pakistani Taliban vowed on Thursday to kill Shakeel Afridi, the jailed Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA in the search for Osama bin Laden, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN.

"We will cut him into pieces when we find him," Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told CNN by phone. "He spied for the U.S. to hunt down our hero Osama bin Laden."

Pakistani officials say Afridi is being held in a prison in the city of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.

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April 26th, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Bin Laden's formerly detained relatives leaving Pakistan

All family members of Osama bin Laden who had been detained are leaving Pakistan for Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, said an attorney for some of the family members.

A judge had ordered earlier this month that the terrorist mastermind's three widows and two daughters be deported after serving their sentence for living illegally in Pakistan.

The relatives were in Pakistani custody since U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

January 9th, 2012
10:42 AM ET

Musharraf: I succeeded as Pakistani leader, others failed

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who has vowed to return to Pakistan and run for office despite authorities' threat of arrest, maintained in an interview Monday that he successfully led the nation while others failed.

Musharraf, in a speech to thousands of supporters in the southern city of Karachi via video link on Sunday, said the nation must decide whether it needs change or "the same faces."

Asked if he wasn't one of those old political leaders, Musharraf acknowledged to CNN that he is. "But the difference is, the other 'olds' have not performed," he said. "They have failed the country. They have tried thrice over ... I have tried once for 10 years and succeeded."

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December 12th, 2011
04:02 AM ET

NATO-bound trucks attacked, burned in Pakistan

Armed militants on motorcycles in southwest Pakistan ambushed and set ablaze a convoy of tankers bound for NATO forces in Afghanistan on Sunday night, police said.

The gunmen opened fire after forcing the convoy of eight oil tankers to stop in an area 90 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, police official Abdul Qadir said.

The militants killed one of the truck's drivers and set the tankers on fire before they escaped, Qadir said.

Fuel and supply trucks contracted to supply NATO have been left stranded in Pakistan by Islamabad's decision to block its two NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

Pakistan closed the routes to protest a NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.

The airstrike plunged Islamabad and Washington into one of their worst diplomatic crises ever.

In a television interview on Sunday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the blockade of Pakistan's NATO supply routes could continue for weeks until "new rules of engagement" were established with Washington.

The blockade leaves stranded supply trucks vulnerable to militants in Pakistan who have increasingly targeted the convoys in an effort to undermine the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Sunday's attack was the second of its kind in four days.

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ElBaradei attacked trying to vote in Egyptian referendum
Egyptians wait to vote in Cairo on March 19 in the first democratic initiative after the fall of Hosni Mubarak's regime.
March 19th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

ElBaradei attacked trying to vote in Egyptian referendum

Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian presidential candidate and Nobel laureate, was attacked by thugs at a polling station in Cairo on Saturday, his brother told CNN.

ElBaradei described the attack, which occurred during a referendum on changes to the constitution, on his Twitter account. Voting was completed Saturday evening, when all polling districts were reported closed, according to the judicial committee overseeing the elections.

"Went 2 vote w family attacked by organized thugs," he tweeted. "Car smashed w rocks. Holding referendum in absence of law & order is an irresponsible act."

The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency also tweeted that two members of his campaign team were detained at a separate polling station in Cairo.

ElBaradei said the two women were serving as official monitors at the polling station when they were detained.

His brother confirmed the attack. Egyptians streamed to the polls Saturday to vote on proposed constitutional amendments, the first democratic initiative after the fall of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak's regime.

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Iran hinders web searches leading up to planned rally, sources say
Iranian opposition leaders want the rally to take place in Tehran's Azadi Square, the site of protests after disputed 2009 presidential elections.
February 12th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Iran hinders web searches leading up to planned rally, sources say

Iranian authorities have blocked the word "Bahman" - the 11th month of the Persian calendar - from Internet searches within the country, according to an opposition website.

The measure appears to be an effort by Iranian authorities to obstruct access to several websites that are promoting a rally on Monday - the 25th day of Bahman - proposed by Iranian opposition leaders in support of the uprising in Egypt, Saham News reported Saturday.

Two Tehran residents also confirmed the block via e-mail to CNN.

Iranian authorities on Wednesday warned against any attempt by the opposition movement to hold the rally, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

"We definitely see them as enemies of the revolution and spies, and we will confront them with force," Revolutionary Guard Cmdr. Hossein Hamedani told IRNA.

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Five takeaways from leaked documents on Iran
November 29th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

Five takeaways from leaked documents on Iran

Iran and the approaches that governments are taking with the Islamic Republic are major topics in some of the sensitive U.S. diplomatic documents released by WikiLeaks this week. The documents deal with, among other things, Iran's ties with North Korea and Arab states' concerns about their Persian neighbor. Here are five key things to know about the Iran-related documents and the effects of their release.


Whether North Korea has strengthened its ties with Iran and recently sold Iran its most powerful missiles depends on whether you believe U.S. intelligence or Russian intelligence.

In a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks and dated February 2010, U.S. officials tell their Russian counterparts that North Korea has sold Iran 19 advanced missiles based on Russian design and capable of hitting targets in Western Europe.

The cable says the Russians dismiss the U.S. intelligence reports and call them unreliable.

"There is no evidence for this and concealment of such a transfer would be impossible," the cable quotes a Russian official as saying.


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November 25th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Pakistani minister: Christian woman should be freed

A Christian Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy is innocent and should be released, Pakistan's minister for minority affairs told CNN.

Shahbaz Bhatti reached his conclusion after a three-day investigation into allegations that Bibi defiled the name of the Prophet Mohammed during an argument last year with Muslim fellow field workers.

Bhatti said he personally submitted his finding to President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday and recommended Bibi be freed.

"This case was filed on the basis of religious and personal enmity," Bhatti said.

Despite the minister's recommendation, it is still not clear if or when Bibi will be pardoned by the president.


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August 4th, 2010
05:40 AM ET

Reports: Grenade lobbed at Iranian president's convoy

UPDATE: 5:40 a.m. ET: The media department at the Presidential Office denied the president came under attack.

POSTED 5:33 a.m. ET: A grenade exploded near the convoy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to a western Iranian city on Wednesday, according to a website linked to moderate members of the country's parliament.

Ahmadinejad was unhurt.

The grenade exploded during the president's visit to Hamedan, reported parlemannews.com.


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April 19th, 2010
10:51 AM ET

Doctor: 22 killed in Pakistan marketplace blast

[Updated at 10:51 a.m.] Dr. Abdul Hamid Afridi, an official at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, said the death toll from the attack on a marketplace was at 22.

[Updated at 10:37 a.m.] The blast that ripped through a crowded market in northwest Pakistan occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) in Qizza Khawani Bazaarin Peshawar, said Peshawar police official Akhtar Ali.

Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital has received 18 bodies, hospital official Dr. Abdul Hamid Afridi told CNN. Several injured people also have arrived at the hospital, he said.

[Posted at 10:21 a.m.] Eighteen people were killed Monday when an explosion ripped through a crowded market in northwest Pakistan, police told CNN.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

- Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report for CNN.

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