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Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Fifth Pakistani social media activist reported missing

Islamabad - A fifth Pakistani rights activist has gone missing, his colleagues said Thursday, as the United Nations raised concerns over shrinking freedoms for campaigners.

Death toll from Pakistan toxic liquor incident rises to 39

Islamabad - Thirty-nine people have now died after drinking home-made liquor mixed with aftershave on Christmas Eve in central Pakistan, officials said Friday, including two out of the four suspects accused of creating the toxic brew.

Pakistan nabs suspects after 34 killed by toxic liquour

Islamabad - Pakistani police on Wednesday caught three men accused of preparing home-made liquor mixed with aftershave that killed 34 people including a fourth suspect after they consumed the toxic brew on Christmas Eve.

Toxic liquor kills 24 in Pakistan: police

Islamabad - Twenty-four people, mostly Christians, were killed and dozens more sickened after consuming toxic liquor on Christmas Eve in central Pakistan, police said Tuesday, the latest case of deadly alchohol poisoning in the conservative Muslim country.

Duped by fake news, Pakistan minister makes nuke threat to Israel

Islamabad - Pakistan's defence minister has threatened to retaliate in kind to any Israeli nuclear strike after apparently being tricked by a fake news site into a confrontation on social media.

Pakistan's Oscar winner vows to tell untold stories

Karachi - Pakistan's double-Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has hailed new legislation outlawing the crime of "honour killings" as a turning point in the long-battle on violence against women, as she sets her sights on conquering her country's silver screen.

Junaid Jamshed, Pakistan's pop pioneer turned preacher, dead at 52

Islamabad - Junaid Jamshed, a pioneer of Pakistani pop who renounced music to become a Muslim evangelist and started one of the country's most successful clothing boutiques was among 47 people killed in a plane crash Wednesday.

Pakistan plane issued Mayday call before deadly crash

- A Pakistani aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board, authorities said, as they began collecting DNA Thursday to identify victims.

Pakistan plane carrying 48 crashes killing all on board

Islamabad - A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday in the country's mountainous north and burst into flames killing everyone on board, authorities said, in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the nation's history.

Pakistan plane carrying 48 crashes, reportedly on fire

Islamabad - A Pakistani plane carrying 48 people crashed Wednesday in the country's mountainous north and burst into flames, authorities said, as rescue workers pulled dozens of bodies from the wreckage and officials expressed little hope for survivors.

11 dead, 75 injured in Pakistan hotel fire

Karachi - A pre-dawn inferno at a four-star hotel in Pakistan's Karachi killed 11 people on Monday and wounded 75, police said, with desperate guests jumping from windows and scrambling down knotted bedsheets to escape.

Pakistan says Trump declared its PM 'terrific' in call

Islamabad - Pakistan said Donald Trump praised its prime minister as a "terrific guy" and offered support for a "fantastic" country, in an effusive phone call that baffled many after sharp criticisms in the past.

Rush to build bunkers in Pakistani Kashmir as fears grow

- Residents in Pakistani Kashmir are racing to build underground bunkers for the first time since the 1990s, frightened by what they say is the worst cross-border violence since a ceasefire was agreed in 2003.

Pakistani market where women seek justice

- A narrow path winds through Kashmir's Valley of Pearls towards 13 tin-roofed shops hidden in a rickety row, a women-only market that doubles as a space for those seeking help against the violence of Pakistan's patriarchy.

Pakistan province criminalises 'forced conversions'

Karachi - A Pakistan province Thursday passed a law making "forced conversions" punishable with a life sentence and forbidding minors from changing their religion, a bid to protect minorities in the conservative Muslim country.

Nine killed in Indian firing on Kashmir bus: Pakistan

Muzaffarabad - At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded in cross-border fire which hit a Pakistani bus in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest deadly skirmish between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan 'war on terror' has cost $118 bn: state bank

Karachi - Pakistan's "war on terror" has cost the developing country a whopping $118 billion so far, a new central bank report has said, an amount equivalent to well over one third of its gross domestic product.

Outcry as Pakistan deports teachers linked to Turkish coup suspect

Islamabad - Pakistan's decision to deport dozens of Turkish teachers was "politically-motivated", Amnesty International said Thursday, and sparked small demonstrations in major cities as Turkey's president wrapped up a state visit to the country.

Families ripped apart in Pakistan shrine attack

Khuzdar - Survivors of a massive bomb attack on a shrine in southwest Pakistan that killed dozens spoke of their horror Sunday after families were ripped apart in a strike showing the expanding reach of the Islamic State group.
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