Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 22

2014-04-09 16:53

A bomb has torn through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Pakistan, killing at least 22 people in the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban.

UN chief congratulates Afghans on vote

2014-04-07 09:04

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Afghans for the "momentous achievement" of their recent elections, calling for fairness and transparency as the counting process gets underway.

Afghans vote despite Taliban threat

2014-04-05 13:26

Aghans have braved the threat of Taliban violence to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power as US-led forces wind down their 13-year war.

Blast hits Afghan Interior Ministry compound

2014-04-02 14:08

A suicide bomber wearing a military uniform has struck the entrance gate of the Interior Ministry compound in the heart of the Afghan capital, officials say.

Gun, grenade feud kills 14 in Karachi

2014-03-12 13:59

Rival gangs have opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent district of Pakistan's financial hub, Karachi, killing 14 people.

Afghan Taliban order fighters to disrupt vote

2014-03-10 10:15

A Taliban spokesperson says the group has warned Afghans not to take part in the April presidential election and that it has ordered its fighters to disrupt the vote.

11 killed in attack on Pakistan court

2014-03-03 08:53

Gunmen have burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the centre of the Pakistani capital killing at least 11 people, including a judge, police and witnesses say.

Al-Qaeda plots comeback in Afghanistan

2014-02-28 08:59

Al-Qaeda's Afghanistan leader is laying the groundwork to re-launch his war-shattered organisation once the US and international forces withdraw from the country.

Pakistan attacks Taliban hideouts, 30 killed

2014-02-25 10:01

Pakistani fighter jets have bombarded Taliban hideouts in the troubled northwest, killing at least 30 in the fourth airstrikes since peace talks stalled.

Bombing kills 14 at Pakistan bus station

2014-02-24 08:01

A bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near a police station in northwest Pakistan has killed 14 people and wounding 15 near the country's lawless tribal region, authorities say.

Burqa-clad gunmen attack Afghan police HQ

2014-02-21 09:06

Three male suicide attackers wearing burqas have attacked a police headquarters close to the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say, killing one policeman.

South Korean church mourns after Egypt bombing

2014-02-17 12:08

A bombing that killed three South Koreans and an Egyptian driver on the Sinai Peninsula targeted a bus filled with Korean Christians who had saved for years to visit biblical sites.

Afghan Taliban capture Nato military dog

2014-02-07 11:09

The Taliban say that they have captured a military dog belonging to Nato forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the canine wearing a high-tech harness.

No peace until Pakistan embraces sharia: Taliban

2014-02-05 15:02

Taliban negotiators say there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from Afghanistan.

Pakistan, Taliban peace talks falter

2014-02-04 16:52

Pakistan's planned peace talks with Taliban insurgents has stumbled as they began on Tuesday, with government negotiators missing a preliminary meeting citing doubt over the militants' team.

60 Afghan de-miners free

2014-01-21 17:55

An armed group has briefly held about 60 Afghan de-miners hostage in the northwest of the country before they were freed in an operation by security forces.

Pakistan police seize 100kg of explosives

2014-01-21 10:56

Pakistani police have arrested three men and seized 100kg of explosives in a raid in Islamabad, officers say, following two deadly Taliban attacks on military targets.

No possible justification for Kabul attack - US

2014-01-18 21:57

The White House has strongly condemned a Taliban suicide attack on a Kabul restaurant that killed 21 people.

US forces accidentally kill Afghan boy

2014-01-10 12:36

US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot dead a four year old boy, Afghan officials say, the latest violence to strain ties between the uneasy allies.

Manhunt for Taliban boss who made sister wear bomb

2014-01-07 14:18

Afghan police are searching for a Taliban commander who allegedly forced his 10-year-old sister to wear an explosives-packed vest on an aborted suicide attack.

Accidental blast in Kabul's arms depot

2013-12-12 11:45

An accidental explosion in an arms depot has shaken central Kabul before Afghan officials moved quickly to allay fears of an attack on the city that has often been targeted by militants.

Pakistani army enraged by Islamist's comment

2013-11-11 08:54

The Pakistan army has demanded an apology from an Islamist leader for calling a dead militant a "martyr", saying his remarks "hurt the feelings" of the families of those who died fighting for their country.

Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf granted bail

2013-11-04 14:38

A Pakistani court has granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a raid on a radical mosque, bringing closer his possible release after six months of house arrest.

Pakistan Taliban secretly bury leader

2013-11-02 19:01

Pakistani Taliban fighters have secretly buried their leader after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while vowing a wave of revenge suicide bombings.

Australia to pull out of Afghanistan

2013-10-29 09:20

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia's longest war at an end during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, with more than 1 000 troops to return home before Christmas.


Bomb kills 17, wounds 50 in Islamabad market

2014-04-09 08:46

A bomb has ripped through a bustling Islamabad market, killing at least 17 people, police and hospital officials say, the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban.

Pakistan says it will release Taliban prisoners

2014-04-05 20:32

Pakistan's interior minister says the government will release 13 Taliban prisoners to aid ongoing peace talks with militants.

Pakistan's Musharraf survives hit attempt

2014-04-03 09:10

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along the route his convoy travelled.

Taliban kidnap Afghan election candidate

2014-03-31 13:33

Taliban gunmen have abducted a provincial election candidate in northern Afghanistan, officials say, five days ahead of national polls the Islamist militants have vowed to target.

UK convict met bin Laden '20 to 50 times'

2014-03-11 09:10

A British terror convict has told a New York trial he met Osama bin Laden up to 50 times and was recruited by al-Qaeda to blow up a passenger jet.

India, Pakistan jostle for influence in Kabul

2014-03-04 15:02

India's most important message for Afghanistan is that it is not leaving, and it is backing that message with the biggest aid package it has ever given another country.

Pakistan Taliban announce month-long ceasefire

2014-03-01 16:36

The Pakistani Taliban has announced a month-long ceasefire to allow the resumption of stalled peace talks with the Pakistan government.

Nato plans Afghanistan troop withdrawal

2014-02-27 21:06

Nato defence ministers have agreed that the military alliance must now begin planning for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan this year.

Gunmen kill senior Taliban commander

2014-02-24 11:06

Unidentified gunmen have killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had a government bounty on his head, officials and family say.

Taliban attack kills 19 Afghan soldiers

2014-02-23 08:10

The Taliban has attacked an Afghan army base in the country's eastern Kunar province, killing 19 soldiers and kidnapping 7 people.

US to negotiate prisoner swap with Taliban

2014-02-18 10:01

Washington will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban on exchanging a US soldier held captive by insurgents since 2009 for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, The Washington Post reports.

Grenade in Pakistani cinema kills 10

2014-02-11 16:13

Unknown assailants have lobbed grenades into a cinema in Peshawar, killing 10 people and wounding 16, hospital officials and police say.

Pakistan, Taliban start peace talks

2014-02-06 14:00

A long-awaited first round of peace talks between the Pakistan government and Taliban insurgents has begun in Islamabad, a government source says, after delays and growing doubts.

Suicide blast targets Shi'ites in Pakistan

2014-02-04 23:15

Eight people have been killed and 42 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shi'ite-run charity hotel in Pakistan.

25 killed as Pakistan bombs Taliban hideouts

2014-01-21 17:55

Pakistani jets have bombarded suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district, killing at least 25 people, in response to two major bombings targeting the military.

Gunmen kidnap 60 de-miners in Afghanistan

2014-01-21 13:36

A senior Afghan official says unknown kidnappers have seized 60 civilian de-miners on their way to work in western Afghanistan.

Pakistan: Second Taliban bomb attack kills 10

2014-01-20 08:20

A Taliban suicide bomber has killed 10 people in a crowded market near the Pakistani army headquarters, a day after the Taliban killed 20 soldiers near North Waziristan, police say.

Foreign officials die in Kabul blast

2014-01-18 12:00

A total of 21 people, including 13 foreigners, have died in a Taliban suicide assault on a popular restaurant in Kabul, police say.

Six men's throats cut at Pakistan shrine

2014-01-07 19:07

The bodies of six men with their throats slit have been found near a shrine on the outskirts of Pakistan's largest city Karachi.

Taliban attacks Nato convoy in Kabul

2013-12-27 21:52

A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul on Friday, officials said, though no details about casualties were immediately available.

Militants kill 3 security troops in Pakistan

2013-12-01 10:07

Pakistani Intelligence officials say gunmen attacked a security convoy near a checkpoint in a tribal region close to the Afghan border, killing three soldiers and injuring two others.

Hardline cleric new Pakistan Taliban leader

2013-11-07 19:52

The Pakistani Taliban has chosen a hardline cleric as their new chief, following the death of the previous leader in a US drone strike.

Pakistan slams US for killing Taliban leader

2013-11-02 21:00

Pakistan has accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike.

Pakistan report: civilian death toll by drones

2013-10-31 13:32

The Pakistani government have stated that 3% of 2 227 people killed in US drone strikes since 2008 were civilians, a surprisingly low figure says some groups.

AI urges US to end drone attack secrecy

2013-10-22 08:11

The United States should end the secrecy surrounding its drone campaign in Pakistan and bring those responsible for illegal strikes to justice, Amnesty International says.

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