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05 Sep 2014 description

Monsoon rains have inundated towns and villages in northeast Pakistan and India-administered Kashmir, killing nearly 140 people in both countries. Pakistan's Army is leading aid efforts there.

By Chelsea Sheasley, Staff writer SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Early rescue efforts are underway in the Kashmir Valley, as the region struggles to cope with flash flooding that has killed dozens.

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30 Jul 2014 description

KARACHI, PAKISTAN — A handwritten sign hangs on Naeem Sohail's door, wishing passersby Eid Mubarak, a happy end to Ramadan. Underneath, there is a modest notice that henna services are available here.

No one has taken up Mr. Sohail’s daughter on her offer to apply the traditional decorative patterns on the hands of women celebrating Eid. The family wonders if it’s because they are Ahmadis, a minority sect that considers itself Muslim, but that the Pakistani state says is heretical.

21 Aug 2013 description

Setting up services at an Afghan refugee camp meant creating some kind of rules. Sakena Yacoobi looked at 'what was fair, moral, and just – what we could want for ourselves. I now know that these are sometimes called universal principles of law.'

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22 Oct 2012 description

But instead of helping repair US-Pakistan relations, the flood aid looks like it is feeding into old patterns of distrust between the two countries.

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25 May 2012 description

Pakistan's Saboon organization is working to reintegrate child soldiers trained to be suicide bombers back into society.

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25 Apr 2012 description

Anti-US sentiments and foreign policy squabbles are thwarting good US public relations from reaching turbulent, poor border regions of Pakistan.

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03 Feb 2012 description

frican nations pledged five months ago to do more to help each other when famine and disaster strike. But so far, they haven't come up with the promised cash.

By Mike Pflanz, Correspondent / February 1, 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA

Five months ago, in a grand auditorium and beneath a cinema-sized screen scrolling images of starving children, Africa’s leaders gathered to promise an end to a growing food crisis.

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30 Nov 2011 description

Pakistan's prime minister rejected a personal plea from the Afghan president to attend the Bonn Conference, following a NATO airstrike on a Pakistani border post.

As leaders in Afghanistan and the US plead with Pakistan to reconsider its decision to boycott an upcoming international conference following a NATO airstrike that killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers, analysts are concerned that Pakistan’s absence may spell the end of the Afghan peace process.

23 Nov 2011 description

Pakistan's major cities have seen no large Taliban attacks since May, and civilian casualties are at a four-year low. Some credit better policing and coordination with intelligence agencies.

From the assassination of a liberal governor who stood up to the country's oppressive blasphemy laws in January to the US-led raid that killed Osama bin Laden, 2011 has been another year dominated by bad news for Pakistan.

27 Sep 2011 description

Sindh Province, Pakistan - Since their small village was swept away recently by devastating floods in southern Pakistan, Younis Malkani, his wife, and their three children have found shelter on a dune.

"We don't have drinking water and there's not enough food to feed the children," says the farmer, who has a weather-beaten face and torn clothes. After trekking barefoot for miles through chest-deep floodwater to save his family he now has trouble walking.

19 Aug 2011 description

Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, is once again paralyzed by ethnic and political violence that over the past three days has killed at least 65 people. In the past year, an estimated 1,300 people have died in the fighting. Below, the Monitor answers four key questions about Karachi’s ongoing strife.

Owais Tohid, Correspondent

04 Aug 2011 description

Australia plans to airlift refugees from an intercepted boat to Malaysia next week. It will film their forced return and post it on YouTube to deter future refugees from trying to reach its shores.

By Simon Montlake, Correspondent / August 4, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand

A controversial refugee-swap agreement between Australia and Malaysia could be put to the test next week following the interception of a boatload of 54 asylum seekers on the way to Australia.

14 Jul 2011 description

A Muslim charity provides free schooling to Pakistani orphans, putting itself at the forefront of a national effort to close the education gap and reduce the appeal militancy holds for children.

By Ben Arnoldy, Staff writer / July 14, 2011

Nowshera, Pakistan

At the age of 8, Khalil Rehman saw a US drone kill his father at their home in South Waziristan. In an instant, the boy became an orphan in the tribal areas of Pakistan, which meant his education and future prospects went up in smoke.

22 Jun 2011 description

Pakistan’s record floods last year killed some 2,000 people and displaced 20 million. Many officials say the country is still not properly prepared to deal with this year's imminent monsoon season.

By Issam Ahmed, Correspondent / June 22, 2011

Islamabad, Pakistan

Almost one year after the worst floods in its history, Pakistan's response to major flooding predicted for next month could be compromised by deep flaws in its disaster management response strategy, say current and former top officials.

23 Mar 2011 description

Some 5,800 peasants in Sindh province are set to receive farmland previously designated as government-owned flood runoff.

03 Jan 2011 description

The Pakistan political crisis worries the US government, which considers a strong Pakistan government key to winning its war in neighboring Afghanistan.

By Kristen Chick, Correspondent / January 3, 2011

- A daily summary of global reports on security issues.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani talked to opposition leaders Monday in an attempt to keep his government afloat after a key party left his coalition.

26 Dec 2010 description

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman said the Christmas Day attack targeted the Salarzai tribe, which has allied itself with the government and formed an anti-Taliban militia.

By Kristen Chick, Correspondent / December 26, 2010

Aid agencies have closed down much-needed food-aid operations in parts of northwest Pakistan after a female suicide bomber struck a crowd at a food aid distribution center Saturday, killing at least 45 people and wounding as many as 100 more.

19 Nov 2010 description

See a lot of people squatting in the open today? Don't be offended. The so-called "big squat" was held worldwide to coincide with the 10th annual World Toilet Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the need for adequate sanitary facilities.

Every day, some 1.1 billion people go to the bathroom without any type of toilet, according to the World Health Organization.

29 Sep 2010 description

By Issam Ahmed, Correspondent / September 29, 2010

Islamabad, Pakistan

Like millions of other farmers across Pakistan, Abdur Razzaq lost the majority of his crops and livestock to the floodwaters that swept through the country in August. He estimates his financial loss this year around $3,000 - a huge blow given the poverty in rural Pakistan.

But his problems are compounded by the $2,000 in rent he owes to his feudal landlord, who, he says, is not inclined to forgive.

"If I ask him to defer payment, I would only have to pay back with greater interest," he says.

21 Sep 2010 description

Even among Pakistani Kashmiris, who share a religion with Islamabad, the desire for independence is growing because of discontent with the economy, difficulty of movement, and identification with Indian Kashmiris.

By Issam Ahmed, Correspondent / September 21, 2010

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir

While a group of Indian lawmakers arrived in Indian Kashmir on Monday hoping to resolve a crisis there that has seen more than 100 civilians killed in the past three months, a surprising amount of Kashmiris in Pakistani Kashmir say they want to see independence from both …