5 arrested for Pakistan school massacre

2015-01-17 11:31

Afghan security services have arrested five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials say.

US, Pakistan to intensify fight against terror

2015-01-13 14:45

The US and Pakistan have vowed to intensify a crackdown on militants hiding in lawless border areas, as top diplomat John Kerry urged renewed peace talks with India to strengthen regional stability.

Taliban in Afghanistan resisting ISIS presence

2015-01-12 20:11

An Afghan general has confirmed for the first time that ISIS is active in the country, and said that Taliban insurgents are resisting their presence there.

Pakistani school reopens after massacre

2015-01-12 07:22

Pakistani children and their parents have returned to the school where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers.

Pakistan to execute 500 militants in coming weeks

2014-12-22 12:33

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials say, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.

Afghan Taliban decries 'biased' UN report on casualties

2014-12-21 14:12

Afghanistan's Taliban has accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

Pakistan massacre survivors vow to defy Taliban

2014-12-18 18:30

Students grieving for their classmates massacred by the Pakistani Taliban Thursday vowed to defy the militants and return to school as soon as possible.

Taliban gunmen toyed with students - survivor

2014-12-17 21:55

Taliban gunmen who stormed a school in northwest Pakistan toyed with captive students by suggesting some could be let go, before lining them up and gunning them down in front of their classmates, according to a new account by survivors.


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to step up military offensives against extremists in the country’s tribal region following a Taliban attack on a military-run school yesterday. Today's newspapers focused on the attack in which 141 were killed; most of whom were school children.

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Afghan Taliban: Killing innocent children is against Islam

2014-12-17 09:48

The Afghan Taliban have condemned a raid on a school in neighbouring Pakistan that left 141 dead in the country's bloodiest ever terror attack, saying killing innocent children is against Islam.

'We will account for every drop of our children's blood'

2014-12-17 07:13

The massacre of innocent children has horrified Pakistan, a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan's teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai — herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting — says she is "heartbroken" by the bloodshed.

Student recalls Peshawar massacre: I saw death so close

2014-12-16 20:48

A teenage survivor of the Taliban attack on a Pakistan school has described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by insurgents hunting down students to kill.

Pakistan school attack over, all militants dead - police

2014-12-16 15:49

A bloody Taliban raid on an army-run school in northwest Pakistan has ended, police say, with all six attackers dead.

12 dead, others ‘critical’ in Taliban hostage crisis

2014-12-16 10:29

Twelve people have died and a further 28 students are injured after Taliban gunmen took hundreds of students and teachers hostage at a school in the north-western city of Peshawar.

Pakistan police: 4 Taliban plotting attack killed

2014-12-13 11:31

A senior police officer in Pakistan says officers killed four Taliban fighters likely plotting to attack a planned Shi'ite rally.

Pakistan Taliban slam Malala over Nobel prize

2014-12-12 12:03

The Pakistani Taliban has hit out at teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai over her Nobel peace prize, slamming her as a 'soldier against Islamic society'.

Aid workers in Afghanistan fear for their lives

2014-12-03 20:14

Half the aid workers in Afghanistan received death treats or intimidation during the past year.

Pakistan air strikes kill militants near Afghanistan

2014-12-02 15:04

The Pakistan military says it has killed at least 24 militants in air strikes and ground fighting in northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, as part of ongoing offensives in the region.

I'm OK, says SA mother from Afghanistan

2014-12-02 08:11

The South African woman whose family was killed in Afghanistan believes God saved her life for a reason and says she is doing OK.

SA man died trying to protect kids - family

2014-12-01 11:15

South African aid worker Werner Groenewald tried in vain to protect his two children moments before they were shot dead by the Taliban in Afghanistan at the weekend, his family says.

Kabul killings: Charity will stay

2014-11-30 21:12

The charity organisation for which murdered South African Werner Groenewald worked in Kabul, says it will remain in Afghanistan despite the killing of the former pastor and his two children.

Large explosion shakes Afghan capital

2014-11-25 12:22

A large explosion has shaken houses in Afghanistan's capital, a witness says, but it is so far unclear what has caused the blast and whether there are any casualties.

New Afghan president heads to China

2014-10-27 14:09

The new Afghan president will travel to China, signalling the role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only economically but also strategically.

Snowden, Pope Francis tipped for Nobel prize

2014-10-08 16:15

The race for the Nobel peace prize has rarely been as open or unpredictable, experts say, with the pope and Edward Snowden tipped as possible winners.

Afghanistan prepares to sign deal with US

2014-09-30 09:48

Afghanistan's new government is due to sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States that will allow US troops to stay beyond the end of this year.


Pakistan parties set to protest Muhammad cartoon

2015-01-16 12:36

Pakistani cities are preparing for nationwide protests against the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a French magazine, as a faction of the Taliban denounced the journalists involved as 'filthy blasphemers'.

Afghan cop kills commander, district governor

2015-01-13 11:48

An Afghan policeman has shot and killed his commanding officer and a district governor in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, officials say, in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents.

Children return to massacre school in Pakistan

2015-01-12 18:59

Survivors of Pakistan's worst-ever militant attack have returned to the school where Taliban gunmen massacred their classmates.

100 days in power for Afghan president, but no govt

2015-01-06 11:37

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is marking his first 100 days in power, still struggling to form a government as a new political stalemate threatens to fuel the Taliban insurgency.

Al-Qaeda 'bursting with pain' over school attack

2014-12-21 15:38

Al-Qaeda's regional branch says its hearts were "bursting with pain" over the Taliban's massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces.

Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint

2014-12-21 10:36

An Afghan official says seven policemen have been killed in a northern province after their checkpoint came under attack by insurgents.

Pakistan PM vows to crush militants after school massacre

2014-12-18 09:41

Pakistani forces have intensified their offensive against Islamist militants, killing 57 rebels in fresh airstrikes and moving ground troops deep into their strongholds, the military says.

Pakistan brings back death penalty after attack

2014-12-17 11:03

Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

US drone kills 4 Pakistani Taliban militants

2014-12-17 10:10

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed four Pakistani Taliban members and seven other insurgents, a district government official says.

Pressure mounting on Pakistan govt to act

2014-12-17 08:43

Pakistan is mourning after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which has shocked the nation, with pressure rising on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government.

Obama: We stand with people of Pakistan

2014-12-16 22:01

President Barack Obama has condemned the deadly Taliban raid on a Pakistani school and promised that the US would stand by the country in its struggle against violent extremism.

Pakistani Taliban: The group behind school attack

2014-12-16 17:35

The Pakistani Taliban which claimed responsibility for the school rampage that killed at least 130 people was also behind the shooting of Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Carnage as Taliban storm Pakistan school

2014-12-16 14:04

Taliban insurgents have killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school in Pakistan.

Taliban gunmen take 500 students hostage in Pakistan

2014-12-16 09:37

Taliban militants have attacked an army-run school in north-west Pakistan, taking over 500 students hostages, with at least two students reportedly wounded.

South Africans mourn slain compatriots

2014-12-12 18:33

Mourners in Bloemfontein and Pretoria have prayed and sang hymns during separate funeral services for four South Africans who were killed in conflicts in Yemen and Afghanistan.

US drone strikes corner Pakistan militants

2014-12-04 14:03

Pakistani Taliban militants have been holed up in Afghanistan by a series of US drone strikes and a revolt against them.

8 corpses found in Pakistan after bombings

2014-12-03 13:36

The bullet-riddled bodies of eight suspected militants have been found in Pakistan's restive northwest where the military is battling insurgent groups, officials say.

Stand united against terrorists

2014-12-02 10:34

The news of the murder of Werner Groenewald and his two teenage children in Afghanistan must be condemned by all people and all religions, says Mohamed Saeed.

No clarity on repatriation of slain SA aid worker, family

2014-12-01 21:01

The government is unsure when the bodies of murdered SA aid worker and his children would be repatriated, but said it is working on an emergency visa for his wife, according to reports.


A family of South Africans living in Kabul, Afghanistan has been killed by a Taliban attack over the weekend. Today's newspaper front pages focus on the tragedy.

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Taliban attack foreign compound in Kabul

2014-11-29 16:29

Taliban militants have launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul, officials say, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital.

Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

2014-11-22 14:15

President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan,

Malala the 'pride of Pakistan' - PM

2014-10-10 16:15

Malala Yousafzai has been hailed as the "pride of Pakistan" by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, as a former fellow pupil said the award was a victory for every girl in the country.

Bomb on passenger coach kills 7 in Pakistan

2014-10-02 14:17

A bomb blast on a passenger coach in northwest Pakistan has killed at least seven people and wounded another six, police say.

Up to 100 Afghans killed in Taliban offensive

2014-09-26 17:04

A major Taliban offensive in eastern Afghanistan over the past week has left up to 100 civilians and security personnel dead, 12 of them beheaded, officials say.

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