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Nepali climbers overcame 'treacherous' conditions to make history on K2

Skardu - Nepali climbers who made history at the weekend by becoming the first to summit the world's second-highest mountain in winter told Wednesday how they battled hurricane-force winds and freezing temperatures to achieve the record.

Russian-American climber found dead on Pakistan mountain

Islamabad - A missing Russian-American climber died on a mountain while preparing to scale the world's 12th-highest peak, having refused to turn back in dangerous winter conditions, a spokesman for the expedition said Tuesday.

Historic K2 team make it back safely to base camp

Islamabad - The triumphant team of Nepali climbers who made history when they became the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter arrived safely back at base camp on Sunday, officials said.

Nepal team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan's K2

Islamabad - A team of Nepali climbers made history on Saturday after becoming the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter, on the same afternoon a Spanish mountaineer fell and died lower down the perilous peak.

Nepalese team claim first winter ascent of Pakistan's K2

Islamabad - A team of Nepalese climbers on Saturday made history after becoming the first to summit Pakistan's K2 in winter, according to a trekking company leading one of the expeditions.

'Raped twice': Pakistan virginity tests block justice for victims

Lahore - Raped at 14, Shazia took the rare and courageous step of reporting the crime to Pakistani police, only to face a traumatic "virginity test" -- a long-standing practice that denies justice to victims.

Power restored in Pakistan after nationwide blackout

Islamabad - Power supply was restored across Pakistan Sunday after the country was hit by a massive electricity blackout, officials said.

Pakistan hit by nationwide power blackout

Islamabad - Pakistan was hit by a massive power blackout early Sunday, officials said, with much of the country, including all major cities, plunged into darkness.

Pakistan protesters end blockade over deaths of miners

Quetta - Thousands of mourners gathered in Pakistan Saturday for the burial of 10 miners who were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group that sparked an outcry over the lack of protection for workers.

Pakistan jails leader of group linked to Mumbai attacks

Lahore - A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced a militant leader accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks to five years in jail for terror financing.

Hazara Shiites refuse to bury dead as Pakistan protest continues

Quetta - Hundreds of mourners in Pakistan protested Wednesday for a fourth day alongside the bodies of miners killed in a brutal attack claimed by the Islamic State group, as officials urged them to bury their dead.

Rival teams race to be first for winter summit of 'savage mountain' K2

Islamabad - Dozens of mountaineers have converged on Pakistan's mighty K2 peak, vying to conquer one of the world's last major climbing challenges -- reaching the summit in winter.

Shiites mourn miners killed in Pakistan attack claimed by IS

Quetta - Thousands of mourners from a minority Shiite community in Pakistan on Monday protested alongside the bodies of miners killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Poachers' paradise: Gulf hunts fuel Pakistan falcon trafficking

Karachi - Since learning to capture birds as a teen, Muhammad Rafiq has amassed a small fortune in Pakistan trapping and trafficking falcons -- including some endangered species -- for wealthy Gulf Arabs.

Gunmen kill 11 miners in southwest Pakistan: officials

Quetta - Gunmen in southwestern Pakistan have killed at least 11 workers at a remote coal mine, officials said Sunday.The victims of the attack in Baluchistan province were from the minority Shiite Hazara community.

Provincial government to pay for Pakistan Hindu temple destroyed by mob

Peshawar - A Hindu temple in Pakistan destroyed by a Muslim mob last week will be rebuilt using provincial government funds, its information minister said Friday.

Muslim clerics among 26 held after Pakistan Hindu temple destroyed

Daggar - At least two dozen people, including several Muslim clerics, were detained Thursday after a mob attacked and set fire to a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Family praises Pakistan's bid to stop release of Daniel Pearl murderers

Islamabad - The father of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl on Friday welcomed Pakistan's decision to challenge the verdict of a local court ordering the release of a militant convicted of murdering their son in 2002.

Pakistan court orders release of mastermind behind Daniel Pearl murder

Karachi - A court in Pakistan on Thursday ordered the release of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded in the southern city of Karachi in 2002.

Pakistan capital's zoo shuts after last animals moved

Islamabad - The only zoo in Pakistan's capital -- which drew international condemnation for its treatment of lonely elephant Kaavan -- closed on Wednesday after its final occupants were relocated abroad.
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