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Pakistan Has A Plan To Keep Millions From Going Hungry During Shutdown. Will It Work?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

As incomes dry up for low-paid Pakistanis during the COVID-19 crisis, the government is massively expanding a program that gives cash to the out-of-work. But concerns are being raised about its reach.


Coronavirus Pandemic Further Hurts Pakistan's Poor And Hungry

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Pakistan has reported thousands of cases of COVID-19, but the more immediate threat for many there is hunger. The lockdown has dried up income for millions of tradesman, beggars and day laborers.


In Cramped Urban Quarters Of Pakistan, It's Impossible To Keep Your Distance

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Social distancing may be key to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but it's impossible if you live places like the urban slums of Pakistan.


Social Distancing Is A Distant Dream In Pakistan's Urban Slums

Monday, April 06, 2020

In a poor neighborhood in Islamabad, houses are right up against each other, families may live 10 or more in a single room and streets are narrow and crowded.


18 Years After Murder And Arrests, Convictions In Daniel Pearl Killing Are Reversed

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was looking into jihadi terrorism, was beheaded on camera in early 2002. The Pakistani prosecutor is appealing the ruling to his country's supreme court.


As The Coronavirus Spreads In Pakistan, Volunteers Rush Out To Help

Monday, March 30, 2020

One Pakistani entrepreneur is making protective gear. A Pakistani lawyer raised thousands of dollars and converted his office into a food storehouse for people in need.


Afghanistan, Taliban To Begin Prisoner Releases At End Of Month

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The prisoner swaps, stipulated in last month's peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban, were in doubt for weeks amid Afghan government discord. They're expected to kickstart inter-Afghan peace talks.


Mass Religious Gathering In Pakistan Leads To Fresh Concerns Over COVID-19 Spread

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Tablighi Jamaat, a global missionary group, brought together thousands of Muslim preachers from 80 countries. The Gaza Strip's first cases of coronavirus infection are linked to this gathering.


Muslim Communities Around The World Halt Public Friday Prayers — But Not In Pakistan

Friday, March 20, 2020

Communal Friday prayer is a touchstone of life for Muslims. But African and Arab communities have halted those prayers to prevent spread of the coronavirus. In Pakistan, clerics are defiant.


Monitoring How Other Countries Are Handling Coronavirus Cases

Thursday, March 19, 2020

We've heard a great deal about the experience of the coronavirus pandemic in China and Europe but how is it impacting other countries? We check in with our reporters in Pakistan, Kenya and Mexico.


International Women's Day Rallies See Some Violence

Monday, March 09, 2020

In Pakistan, women took to the streets despite attacks from fundamentalists. And, fed up with gender-based violence and murders, Mexican women staged a nationwide strike on International Women's Day.


International Women's Day: With Shoes And Stones, Islamists Disrupt Pakistan Rally

Sunday, March 08, 2020

The demonstrators, who were at a rival event held by hardline Islamist groups, were particularly enraged by one slogan the women's day rally adopted: "mera jism, mera marzi" – "my body, my choice."


U.S. Targets Taliban In Airstrike Days After Deal Was signed

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The U.S. and Taliban signed a deal intended as a first step to peace in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. Just four days later, the U.S. is fighting the Taliban again.


Taliban Attacks Could Resume

Monday, March 02, 2020

A spokesman for the Taliban has announced its forces may resume attacks in Afghanistan. This comes after the U.S. announced a peace agreement with the group just this weekend.


U.S. And The Taliban Sign Historic Agreement

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The U.S. and the Taliban have signed a deal after 18 years of war in Afghanistan. It calls for the withdrawal of American and NATO military forces from the country within 14 months.


Afghans React To Weeklong Partial Truce — A Rare Peaceful Moment

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The current reduction in violence is the longest partial truce for Afghanistan in nearly two decades. Some Afghans explain what these days mean to them.


Reduction Of Violence In Afghanistan Bolsters Hope For Further Peace Agreement

Monday, February 24, 2020

On Friday, the Taliban agreed to scale back attacks for seven days. If the deal holds, the U.S. and the Taliban will sign an agreement Saturday to begin the process of withdrawal of U.S. troops.


U.S., Afghanistan And Taliban Announce 7-Day 'Reduction In Violence'

Friday, February 21, 2020

The quasi cease-fire was hammered out during protracted negotiations in Qatar that began in 2018 and could ultimately lead to a significant reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan.


Taliban Officials Expect To Sign Deal With U.S. By The End Of The Month

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The negotiations that led to an expected deal between the U.S. and the Taliban excluded the Afghan government. But Afghan officials are waiting with hope –- and concern — for the next step


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wins 2nd Term, Months After Voting Ended

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Afghanistan held a presidential election in September, but the result was contested. The incumbent has been declared the winner, but the challenger says he'll form a parallel government.