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A Pakistani woman was drugged, strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped her friend elope, police said Thursday, announcing the arrest of 14 people in a twist on the grim practice of "honor killings."
 
Pakistan's army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said.
 
The Pakistani Taliban have claimed the killing of a provincial minister for minority affairs who was shot dead in a restive northwestern district.
 
Pakistan on Wednesday hanged four more prisoners convicted of murder despite international criticism over its surging use of the death penalty.
 
Earthquake rattles Pakistan, including capital
A powerful earthquake rattled Pakistan's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday, causing panic among people but with no immediate reports of casualties or major damages.
 
Rescuers race to Pakistan stranded
Rescuers were battling Monday to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan's northwest and parts of Kashmir, officials said, as the death toll rose to 55.
 
Pakistan protesters refuse to end Islamabad sit-in
Islamist protesters gathered in the Pakistani capital said Wednesday they would not end their days-long sit-in and were "willing to die," as armed security forces readied to clear the camp.
 
AP Explains: Violence against Christians in Pakistan
The suicide bombing in the city of Lahore on Easter underscores how Pakistan's Christian minority has become an easy target for the country's Islamic militants, although Muslims also were among the victims.
 
Islamist assassin's supporters hold sit-in in Pakistan capital
Thousands of supporters of an executed Islamist assassin were holding a sit-in in Islamabad Monday after submitting a list of demands including the execution of a female Christian blasphemy convict.
 
Pakistan blast targeted Christians: Taliban
A Taliban suicide bomber who attacked a Pakistani park crowded with families on Easter Sunday was targeting Christians, the group said, as the death toll rose to 72 including many children.
 
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