News A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to children in a poor neighborhood that hosts displaced people from Pakistani tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

Billionaire philanthropist spoke after polio workers were killed in Pakistan

New Pakistan Taliban leader named

The commander named by members of the Pakistani Taliban as its new leader is said to be as ruthless as his predecessor, taking credit for several attacks, and could order more in the coming weeks to prove the terror network is still in business.

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US launches another missile strike in Pakistan

The US resumed missile strikes in Pakistan's northwest today — nearly a week after one reportedly killed the country's Taliban chief — hitting a hide-out believed to be frequented by his supporters and killing at least eight suspected militants, intelligence officials said.

50 militants killed in Pakistan fighting

Pakistani troops backed by jet fighters and artillery killed about 50 militants in a volatile north-western tribal region near Afghanistan where the country's top Taliban leader is believed to be entrenched with thousands of his fighters, officials said today.

Aid workers pull out of Peshawar after Taliban bomb luxury hotel

United Nations considers complete withdrawal after five staff die in attack

Omar Waraich: Bin Laden's old town just got even deadlier

With its crowded bazaars and old-quarter alleyways, Peshawar is no stranger to militancy. In the mid-1980s, Osama bin Laden moved his family here from Saudi Arabia and built his reputation as a supporter of jihad. Everyone from Alexander the Great to Howard Marks has been drawn to this city. And now, with seven deadly attacks over the last month, it is Pakistan's militants who seek to draw a tightening noose around Peshawar, located on the edge of Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.

British worker 'stable' after Pakistan bomb blast

A British aid worker injured in last night's explosion in Pakistan was moved to a hospital in the capital Islamabad under tight security today.

Pakistan rocked as 11 die and dozens are wounded in bombing

Militant gunmen target five-star hotel in Peshawar

Bomb at luxury hotel in Pakistan kills at least 5

Suicide attackers detonated a truck bomb tonight outside a luxury hotel in Peshawar that U.S. officials were in negotiations to make into an American consulate, officials said. The attack killed at least five people and wounded dozens more.

Death toll hits seven in Pakistan blast near cinema

The death toll in a car bombing near a Pakistani movie theater climbed overnight to seven, police said today, as the military surrounded Taliban strongholds elsewhere in the northwest region bordering Afghanistan.

Bomber kills 10 as Pakistan army battles Taliban

A suicide car-bomber killed 10 people at a security checkpost in northwest Pakistan today as the army battled Taliban militants in the Swat valley.

Pakistan faces biggest human flood since 1947

Half a million people are being displaced by Pakistan's military operations against the Taliban

Akbar Ahmed: Lose lawless tribal areas and you lose Pakistan itself

The "existential threat" that Pakistan now faces, according to Hillary Clinton, is overstated. There is a functioning political, civil and military structure in Pakistan that will prevent any total collapse of the state. The impulse for democracy is deep and goes back to the creation of the state in 1947. Pakistan's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had a vision of a modern Muslim nation with a strong emphasis on womens' rights and civil liberties for minorities, but this vision is under greater threat than ever. Successive Pakistani leaders have, over the decades, failed to translate Jinnah's spirit into reality, while the structures he put in place have been weakened and corrupted. The emergence of the Taliban is one consequence of this.

Militants bomb ancient shrine in Pakistan

A bomb exploded at the mausoleum of a 17th century Sufi poet in northwestern Pakistan today, showing the gulf between hard-line Muslims and many in the region who follow a traditional, mystical brand of Islam.

'London link' after Pakistan terror arrests

British officials are investigating reports that one of seven suspected al-Qa'ida operatives captured in a joint US-Pakistan operation was involved in the July 2005 attack on London.

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