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December 18, 2018 11:28 AM British Airways to resume Pakistan flights after a decade

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence that followed a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian nation. BA halted flights following one of the most high-profile attacks in Pakistan’s history, the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in the capital 136

December 17, 2018 6:15 AM Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday

ISLAMABAD – The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Khalil Minawi, director of Afghanistan's state-run Bakhtar news agency, also confirmed 147

December 4, 2018 2:59 AM Trump tells Pakistan Taliban talks help fundamental to 'enduring' ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has asked for Pakistan’s help with faltering Afghan peace talks in a letter to new Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he made clear that Islamabad’s assistance was “fundamental” to the health of the two countries’ strained relationship, a senior Trump administration official said. The U.S. president 118

November 18, 2018 10:18 AM Bikers hurl grenade at religious gathering in India, three killed

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two men on motorcycles threw a grenade at a Sikh religious gathering of about 250 people in Amritsar city in the northern Indian state of Punjab on Sunday, killing three and injuring around 20, police said. Initial reports suggest that two people armed with pistols came to the venue, said provincial police chief Surinder Pal Singh 80

November 12, 2018 2:49 PM Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief halt

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Netherlands resumed visa and passport services in Pakistan on Monday following a brief suspension, denying that its embassy had closed over security concerns after the country gave shelter to the lawyer of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case. Hard-line Islamists in Pakistan have blocked streets and called for the killing of judges 85

November 7, 2018 9:09 PM Pakistani Christian woman freed from prison after blasphemy death sentence reversed

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam was reversed last week by the Supreme Court has been released from prison and is at a secure location for fear of attacks on her, officials said. Three security officials told Reuters that Asia Bibi, a mother of five, had been released from a prison 77

November 4, 2018 10:57 AM Husband of freed Pakistani Christian woman appeals to Trump for refuge

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted after spending eight years on death row on charges of blasphemy has appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for refuge, citing danger to family members’ lives. Ashiq Masih, the husband of Asia Bibi, whose case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within 119

November 1, 2018 2:56 PM IMF says Iran should safeguard stability in face of U.S. sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that Iran should implement policies to safeguard its macroeconomic stability in the face of reimposed U.S. sanctions that will cut Iranian economic growth by reducing oil exports. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice also told a regular media briefing that the Fund was urging Iran to strengthen 96

October 31, 2018 7:59 AM Pakistani Islamist party calls for death of judges who freed Christian woman sentenced for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A hard-line Islamist party in Pakistan on Wednesday called for the death of the chief justice of the Supreme Court and two other judges who overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. The leader of the Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) party also called for the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government 87

September 30, 2018 3:55 PM Chief of Pakistani Kashmir region says Indian army shot at his helicopter

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The leader of Pakistani-administered Kashmir region said on Sunday Indian troops shot at his helicopter near the disputed frontier, a move likely to further fray ties between the two countries. Muslim-majority Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed neighbors, who both claim the mountainous region in full and have fought two of their 49